Powering ethical agriculture with the sun

In the Alternatives Journal, Gideon Forman explores the use of solar power at The Just Food Farm.  Click here to read the article!

“Just Food is intriguing not only for its status as a rural-urban hybrid. It also boasts an unusual electricity source: a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic array launched in October 2017  with the financial assistance of Bullfrog Power and Beau’s Brewery. The PV panels power a cooler and greenhouse — where the group will attempt year-round growing — and a circa-1920s barn that serves as an education centre.”

 

 

 

 

Start-Up Food Processor Training *SOLD OUT*

This event is sold out, but don’t despair we are holding this training again.

If you wish to do this training, please leave contact info with Talia Klein at info@justfood.ca to be contacted for next course.

For more immediate assistance with food start-ups, please contact Moe Garahan at Moe@justfood.ca about customized assistance through Ottawa Kitchen consulting hours.

Presented by OttawaKitchen.ca, Just Food and North House Foods in partnership with Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) with guest expert chefs and food businesses

  • Introduction to food production and production equipment.
  • Introduction to the regulatory environment for successful food processing businesses.
  • Validation and testing of your food products.
  • Information to help turn your idea into a business plan.

Register here: START UP FOOD PROCESSOR TRAINING

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Just Food March Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. March 1 |The Great Big Crunch

2. March 12, 19, 29 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

3. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

4. Starting March 21 | Red Barn Workshop Series

– March 21 | First Red Barn Potluck 

– March 21 | Potluck + Planning Your Garden to Save Good Quality Vegetable Seeds

– March 25 | Madawaska Forest Garden

– March 28 | Organic Certification Overview

5. March 26 | How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

6. April 29 | Celebrate 15 years with Just Food! 

7. March – April 2018   | Start-Up Food Processor Training in Ottawa

8. Food Distribution Options Enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub

9. Just Food Farm Solar Panel System and Shed Nomination

10. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

Other Community News and Events 

12. Feb – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

13. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

14. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

15. March 25 | Musical Fundraiser for the Kosher Food Bank

16. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG 

17. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

18. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

19. Oct 1-2 | Championing Public Health Nutrition conference – Early Bird Registration

 


 


Just Food News and Events

 

1. March 1 | The Great Big Crunch

The Great Big Crunch is here. At 2:30 pm on March 1st, over 3500 students across Ottawa bit down on local fruits and veggies to encourage good food in schools.

Check out the Community Food Hub picking up apples and carrots to send to schools across Ottawa.

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To learn more about the Great Big Crunch and good food programs in Ottawa schools visit http://ottawaschoolfood.ca/

2. March 12, 18, 19 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

 

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3. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

Facilitator: Bonita Ford
What can nature teach us about gardening? How can we (re)design our gardens to optimize resources, make less work for ourselves and be more ecologically friendly? In permaculture, we learn to “design like nature”, drawing on simple principles from the natural world. These include: work with nature, start small and slow, emphasize multiple functions, create redundancy, promote beneficial relationships, use renewable resources, cycle resources, maximize diversity and edges, work with evolution, and be creative. Learn about permaculture principles and various ways to apply them in our gardens, as well as permaculture design examples in the garden. This session will include discussion and a small group exercise. Organized with the Community Gardening Network, at Just Food.
Registration appreciated but not required. Email to register at: natalia.snajdr@ccochousing.org
Cost: Free
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, 464 Metcalfe St

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 4. Starting March 21 | Red Barn Workshop Series

Throughout 2018 Just Food will be hosting food and farm related events at the Just Food Farm in our new community event space, now called the Red Barn.  These activities will be held on Wednesday evenings and Sundays during the day, along with a monthly potluck. Below you will find what’s on deck for the month of March, with more to come.

We will have speakers, films and books, if you’re interested let us know.

 

March 21 | First Red Barn Potluck 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Free

Come join Just Food at the first monthly potluck in the Red Barn! Celebrate the opening of our community space and connect with staff, volunteers, the Board of Just Food, and your community. Each month Just Food will host one community potluck, followed by a workshop, event, panel and more. Please label the ingredients in your dishes, in case of allergies.

 

March 21 |Planning Your Garden to Save Good Quality Vegetable Seeds – Presented by Kate Green

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Suggested donation: $5

After  our inaugural community potluck, attendees will be treated to a workshop on seed saving.  At this workshop attendees will learn the basics of how to properly plan a seed garden to ensure you have good quality vegetable seed.    Attendees will also be able to access seed through the Ottawa Seed Library at the workshop.  The Ottawa Seed Library allows members to borrow seed to plant in the spring with the intention of returning seed at the end of the season that will then be used by future participants.

 

March 25 | Madawaska Forest Garden  – $10

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Join Steven Martyn in his telling of a 35-year journey to the heart of agriculture. Steven has more than thirty years experience living co-creatively with the Earth, practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing… He has given talks and run workshops internationally for more then twenty years and has taught at Algonquin college since 2000. In 2014 Megan and he started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School.”
Steven’s books, “The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden” and “Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-creative Agriculture” will be available for purchase.

March 28 | Organic Certification Overview – Presented by Delia Elkin – $30

Workshop: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Delivered by Delia Elkin, an experienced inspector for many certification agencies in the region, the workshop will provide a clear overview of the Canadian Organic Standards, Permitted Substance Uses, and overall requirements farms need to have in place to achieve and maintain organic certification.  Please bring any specific questions you have about inputs, required documentation, etc. as these can all be answered.

This workshop is appropriate for all growers interested in what organic certification means—whether you are a new grower starting up, a conventional farmer considering a transition for all or part of your operation, or an established grower using organic practices.

 

 5. March 26 | How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

Learn how to start a community garden: from design, to finding land to budgeting, this presentation will help you plan a community garden in your neighbourhood. This is an eligibility requirement for the Community Garden Development Fund.

Cost: Free
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: 1355 Bank Street, 7th floorElmvale room
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For more information, and to register, contact comms@justfood.ca

 6. April 29 | Celebrate Just Food’s 15th Anniversary!

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7. March – April 2018 | Start-Up Food Processor Training in Ottawa

$195 + HST

Presented by OttawaKitchen.ca, Just Food and North House Foods in partnership with Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) with guest expert chefs and food businesses

  • Introduction to food production and production equipment.
  • Introduction to the regulatory environment for successful food processing businesses.
  • Validation and testing of your food products.
  • Information to help turn your idea into a business plan.

Sessions:

March 24 – Production (Ottawa Kitchen) – 9-3:30

  • Understanding a Commercial Kitchen
    • Introduction to Commercial Food Grade Equipment at Ottawa Kitchen
    • Food facility safety protocols
    • Food Safety – what’s expected in a kitchen
    • What is HACCP/ MSDS/GSFI and why is this important/ understanding recalls
    • Record-keeping requirements
  • Sourcing raw materials, costing
  • Understand shelf life/ HPP/ MAP/pH Levels/stabilizers

April 7 – Product Development (Ottawa Kitchen) 9-3:30

  • Understanding testing and scaling up processes
    • Small Test Batch
    • Product Review and Feedback
    • Retesting & Scaling Up
  • Food (Product) Costing
  • Introduction to manufacturing processes and how to build your own process
  • Managing your time and margins in the kitchen

April 14 – Marketing & Pricing (Just Food Farm) Full Day – 9-3:30

  • Product Design, Labeling and Packaging
  • Bulk Packing / Individual Packing/ Case Size
  • Packing Material for all products
  • Understanding & Developing Product Prices
  • Knowing your Market – Defining the market
  • Brand development – Emphasis on Social Media and Online Management
  • Classical Sales Theory, Pounding the Pavement
  • Growing and Managing a Client Base and Client Relationship Management
    • How to deal with Consumer Complaints & Returns
    • Client Payment and Terms

April 21 – Packaging/Distribution/ Co-Packing/ Brokerage (Just Food Farm) 9-3:30

  • Understanding and setting up a partnership
    • Brokering, Co-Packing
  • Understanding Retail environment
  • Distribution and Food Safety – Controlled Environment
  • Understanding launch processes
  • Next steps in your Food Business Development

For registration, contact moe@justfood.ca

For a poster of this event, visit justfood.ca/foodprocessing

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 8. Food Distribution Options Enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub

Mountain Path and Just Food are pleased to announce the completion of a critical project.  Between January and October, 2017, we worked hard to accomplish two major achievements:

Designed traceability systems and required protocols to integrate new, full product traceability features into the existing HACCP compliant systems already in place at the shared hub facility and with certification to GFSI standard.  A mock recall test at completion of this project was achieved within 45 minutes.

Designed and implemented training across all Hub facility users, including businesses within the Ottawa Incubator Kitchen, focusing on topics of recall, communications, new traceability equipment, Food Safety and Quality Control, and Process Control.

This project was critical to ensure continued and enhanced retail options for Eastern Ontario regional product including grains, fruit and vegetables and processed items.  Of particular focus were new businesses incubating within the Ottawa Kitchen component and the growing Ottawa Food Hub, which is focused on increasing regional producers’ access to retail stores and institutional purchasers.

This project was made possible through financial supports from the McConnell Foundation Regional Value Chain program, which strengthens the ability of regional supply chains to make healthy, sustainably produced food accessible to all people. This project was also funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

For more information, please contact moe@justfood.ca

For more information on the Ottawa Kitchen, click here.

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 9. Powering for Prosperity Award Nomination: Just Food Farm Solar Panel System and Shed

We are thankful to have been nominated for the 2018 Powering for Prosperity Awards for the completion of a 10kW solar panel shed that you can find on our property!

Staying true to the ambition for vibrant, just and sustainable food systems, Just Food, Bullfrog and Beau’s Brewing Co. with other funders teamed up to build a 10kW Solar panel system and shed at the Just Food Farm.

This is an extension of a commitment to normalize and spread sustainable food and farming practices across the Ottawa region. However, this project goes beyond a solar shed and renewable energy demonstration; it will help influence the sustainable food movement by showing solar energy as an ingredient in sustainable and organic farming.

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Just Food installed a 10kw solar PV system to lower operating costs and their carbon footprint while demonstrating the application of renewable energy as part of a sustainable farming hub.

Check out our two videos demonstrating the project and the impact local partnerships can have on creating spaces for education, green energy and community building. You can find our videos from Beau’s Brewing Co. and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnL6ed98iYE

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14RoGaGCd5QqlwaF9x-V8b8V4tzK7RFj2/view

Although we did not win the award, we are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for green energy initiatives and their importance. Congratulations to all nominees, but especially organizations in Ottawa such as Alfred Solar Energy Project by Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op, and the victors Karen’s Place Renewable Energy – Ottawa Salus on their deserved win.

We all benefit when cities come together to support renewable energy! Go Ottawa!

 

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 10. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

The Ottawa Seed Library is gearing up for another great growing season! Seed saving takes time and energy all year, and we are always looking for individuals to help grow the library in a multitude of ways. From seed packing to saving, event organization and workshop delivery, we rely on volunteers, members and generous donations to make sure seeds are received, grown and distributed all over the Ottawa area.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved, contact us at seeds@justfood.ca or check out our webpage http://justfood.ca/seed-saving-projects-and-events/the-ottawa-seed-library/

 

11. Community Garden Development Fund 2018 – Taking Applications Now!
Are you interested in starting a community garden or enhancing an existing garden?
If you are then you are a great candidate to apply for a grant through the Community Garden Development Fund!
Community gardens can take a variety of shapes, sizes and models.  Gardens that have large plots, small plots, or gardens that work primarily with kids, adults, newcomers to Canadas, and more are all possible projects for the Community Garden Development Fund.
If this is of interest to you please check out the CGN Section on our website, or reach out to Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.

Other Community News and Events


12. March – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

From drystone walls to container gardening – check out some of these great gardening workshops offered throughout the year!

Click here for more information: http://ottawahort.org/events/


13. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a non-profit basis. Join them this year to check out their exhibitors and seed show!

Click here for more information: http://ottawafarmshow.com/history/


14. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

March 21 is the International Day of Forests – will you celebrate? Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live!

Click here for more information: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/

Learn more about what’s happening in Ottawa, and get involved in the Ottawa Food Forests

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15. March 25 | Musical Fundraiser for the Kosher Food Bank

There will be a musical fundraiser for the Kosher Food Bank on Sunday March 25th at 3 PM.

It will include A Touch of Klez (klezmer band) and the choir Musica Ebraica.

The event will be held at the Soloway Jewish Community Center at 21 Nadolny Sachs Private (near Carling and Broadview).

The cost is a minimum $10 donation to the Kosher Foodbank. Please bring a piece of ID to show at the entrance.

 

16. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG (local chapter)

Where: The Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa

When: Saturday mornings – March 10th, April 14th, May 12th 9:30am-1:30pm. Seed Sale to follow at 1:30pm.

Topics include:
Growing Organic Vegetables, Herbs & Edible Flowers, Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden, Starting Seeds Indoors and Out, Soil, Compost, Garden Planning Workshop, Garden Diagnosis & Organic Garden Management of Pests & Diseases, Extending the Gardening Growing Season, & Winterizing, and Seed Saving.


17. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan?

Click here for more information: http://www.cog.ca/our-services/seedproductioncourse/

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18. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

Foire écosphère: environment et écohabitation: la première année à Ottawa-Gatineau

En collaboration avec la Ville de Gatineau et le Festival du Chanvre cherchent des exposants et conférenciers pour leur foire le 14-15 Juillet à Gatineau.

Pour plus d’information, visitez https://foireecosphere.org/

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Ecosphere Canada: environment and green housing, is having their first Ottawa-Gatineau expo.

They are looking for speakers and facilitators for their event on July 14-15.

For more information, visit https://foireecosphere.org/en/

 

19. Oct 1-2 | Championing Public Health Nutrition conference – Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration is open for the Sixth Biennial Championing Public Health Nutrition conference in downtown Ottawa on October 1-2, 2018, at https://www.foodforlifereport.ca 

The conference will explore front-of-pack nutrition labelling, school food, the new Canada’s Food Guide, the new national food policy for Canada, health-promoting consumption taxes, and much more.

 


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here.  If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-824-7771


 

Just Food’s Powering for Prosperity Awards Nomination

We are so thankful to be nominated for the 2018 Powering for Prosperity Awards. Just Food was nominated for the completion of a 10kW solar panel shed that you can find on our property! See below for information and videos on the project here!

Powering for Prosperity Award

Staying true to the ambition for vibrant, just and sustainable food systems, Just Food, Bullfrog and Beau’s Brewing Co. with other funders teamed up to build a 10kW Solar panel system and shed at the Just Food Farm. This is an extension of a commitment to normalize and spread sustainable food and farming practices all over the Ottawa region. However, this project goes beyond a solar shed and renewable energy demonstration; it will help influence the sustainable food movement. Showing solar energy as an ingredient in sustainable and organic farming will create a new standard by which we judge agricultural production.

We are thrilled to announce Just Foods Nomination for Powering for Prosperity 2018: Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards. Just Food installed a 10kw solar PV system to lower operating costs and their carbon footprint while demonstrating the application of renewable energy as part of a sustainable farming hub.

Check out our two videos demonstrating the project and the impact local partnerships can have on creating spaces for education, green energy and community building. You can find our videos from Beau’s Brewing Co. and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount here!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14RoGaGCd5QqlwaF9x-V8b8V4tzK7RFj2/view

Although we did not win the award, we are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for green energy initiatives and their importance. Congratulations to all nominees, but especially organizations in Ottawa such as Alfred Solar Energy Project by Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op, and the victors Karen’s Place Renewable Energy – Ottawa Salus on their deserved win. We all benefit when cities come together to support renewable energy! Go Ottawa!

February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. March 12, 19, 28 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

2. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

3. April 29 | Celebrate 15 years with Just Food! 

4. Food Distribution Options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub 

5. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

7. Just food has a new office at the Just Food Farm Barn- Here’s how to reach us.

8. Volunteer with Just Food

Other Community News and Events 

9. À la carte Food Literacy Project wins Award for Innovation

10. Feb 10, March 3,  March 17 | Seedy Saturdays in Almonte, Ottawa and Cornwall

11. Feb 11 | Earth Roots Apprenticeship Program

12. Feb 12 | Organic Gardening for the absentee gardener

13. Feb 13 | Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa

14. Feb 15 | Edibles in the Garden 

15. Feb 19 | USC is Hiring 

16. Feb 24 – 25 | ECO FARM DAY 2018 

17. Feb 24 | Stanley’s Maple Farm Easter Egg Hunt

18. Feb – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

19. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

20. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

21. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG 

22. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

23. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

 


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here. If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-824-7771.


Just Food News and Events

 

 

1. March 12, 19, 28 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

 

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2. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

Facilitator: Bonita Ford
What can nature teach us about gardening? How can we (re)design our gardens to optimize resources, make less work for ourselves and be more ecologically friendly? In permaculture, we learn to “design like nature”, drawing on simple principles from the natural world. These include: work with nature, start small and slow, emphasize multiple functions, create redundancy, promote beneficial relationships, use renewable resources, cycle resources, maximize diversity and edges, work with evolution, and be creative. Learn about permaculture principles and various ways to apply them in our gardens, as well as permaculture design examples in the garden. This session will include discussion and a small group exercise. Organized with the Community Gardening Network, with Just Food.
Registration appreciated but not required. Email to register at: natalia.snajdr@ccochousing.org
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, 464 Metcalfe St

3. April 29 | Celebrate Just Food’s 15th Anniversary!

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4. Food Distribution Options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub 

Food Distribution options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub

Mountain Path and Just Food are pleased to announce the completion of a critical project.  Between January and October, 2017, we worked hard to accomplish two major achievements:

Designed traceability systems and required protocols to integrate new, full product traceability features into the existing HACCP compliant systems already in place at the shared hub facility and with certification to GFSI standard.  A mock recall test at completion of this project was achieved within 45 minutes.

Designed and implemented training across all Hub facility users, including businesses within the Ottawa Incubator Kitchen, focusing on topics of recall, communications, new traceability equipment, Food Safety and Quality Control, and Process Control.

This project was critical to ensure continued and enhanced retail options for Eastern Ontario regional product including grains, fruit and vegetables and processed items.  Of particular focus were new businesses incubating within the Ottawa Kitchen component and the growing Ottawa Food Hub, which is focused on increasing regional producers’ access to retail stores and institutional purchasers.

This project was made possible through financial supports from the McConnell Foundation Regional Value Chain program, which strengthens the ability of regional supply chains to make healthy, sustainably produced food accessible to all people. This project was also funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

For more information, please contact moe@justfood.ca

For more information on the Ottawa Kitchen, click here.

5. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

The Ottawa Seed Library is gearing up for another great growing season! Seed saving takes time and energy all year, and we are always looking for individuals to help grow the library in a multitude of ways. From seed packing to saving, event organization and workshop delivery, we rely on volunteers, members and generous donations to make sure seeds are received, grown and distributed all over the Ottawa area.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved, contact us at seeds@justfood.ca or check out our webpage http://justfood.ca/seed-saving-projects-and-events/the-ottawa-seed-library/

6. Community Garden Development Fund 2018 – Taking Applications Now!

Are you interested in starting a community garden or enhancing an existing garden?
If you are then you are a great candidate to apply for a grant through the Community Garden Development Fund!
Community gardens can take a variety of shapes, sizes and models.  Gardens that have large plots, small plots, or gardens that work primarily kids, adults, newcomers to Canadas, and more are all possible projects for the Community Garden Development Fund.
If this is of interest to you please check out the CGN Section on our website, or reach out to Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.

 

7. Just Food has a new address and phone number! 

We’ve moved into permanent office space in the newly renovated Just Food Farm Barn and our contact information has changed a bit. We want to make sure everyone knows!

New Address: 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa, ON, K1B 4Z3

New Phone Number: 613-824-7771

Like us on Facebook here.

Follow us on Twitter here.

 

8. Volunteer with Just Food

Just Food is excited to announce new volunteer opportunities, including office positions, events volunteers, promotions and communications, photography, farm maintenance and more.
If you are interested, please fill out this short survey to let us know the types of volunteer work that interest you, and your availability. We will get back to you asap.

Other Community News and Events

9. À la carte Food Literacy Project wins Award for Innovation

The Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) ‘à la carte’ Food Literacy Project won the Minister’s Award for Innovation in the Large Library Category at the Ontario Public Library Service Awards at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, last week.

This initiative makes food literacy a part of OPL’s diverse programming, and positions the public library as a key community resource and partner for accessible food-related information and programming that can lead to health, economic, and social benefits.

Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward, said, “This high level of innovation came to fruition through OPL’s leadership. The Library brought strong local and community partners together to deliver fresh and novel programs to raise food literacy in our city.”

Partners of this project range from city-wide organisations such as Ottawa Public Health, MarketMobile, and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, to community organizations such as Parkdale Food Centre and Just Food Ottawa. Local and Ontario-based chefs, authors, bloggers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs have joined OPL at the table to feed the conversation on healthy, affordable, sustainable eating and help promote a better understanding of how we are connected to the food we eat and grow.

Click here for more information on the program.

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10. Feb 10, March 3,  March 17 | Seedy Saturdays in Almonte, Ottawa, Perth and Cornwall

Sat Feb 10, 9 a.m – 3 p.m: Almonte Seedy Saturday, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte Rd. Featuring  the opportunity for people to come together to exchange information and to buy, sell or trade interesting and unusual heritage varieties. Seed exchange for seeds and extra plants, cuttings, books, magazines, pots, trellising, tools and/or gardening supplies. In the exchange, for each item donated another can be taken home. Larger items equate to a few extra goodies per item. If you forget to bring exchange items and still want to partake, a small donation (ie. $1 ea.) would be appreciated.

Sat. March 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m: Ottawa Seedy Saturday, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Britannia Beach). Featuring talks, an organic market and lots of cool seeds!

Sun. March 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m: Perth Seedy Sunday, Civitan Club, 6787 Highway 43). Free admission, free workshops on a variety of garden topics. Lunch available! For full details and more information visit www.perthfarmersmarket.ca or www.facebook.ca/perthfarmersmarket

Sat. March 17 10 a.m. to 3 p.m: Seedy Saturday Cornwall, Benson Centre, 800 Seventh St. West, Cornwall, ON K6J 0A3. Featuring exhibits from seed, seedling, and sapling vendors, community and home gardening groups, and local farmers’ markets. There will also be a “Seed and Garden Tool Swap” table and several hands-on garden activities throughout the space.

 

11. Feb 11| Earth Roots Apprenticeship Program

Friendly reminder that Earth Path and Rivers and Roots are hosting an Open House this Sunday, February 11 from 2-3 pm at Just Food Farm (at the barn, 2391 Pepin Court, east Ottawa), for those interested in taking our Earth Roots Apprenticeship program, a course for educators, parents, and nature enthusiasts (including teens 15+), keen to deepen their nature knowledge, wilderness skills, and creative mentoring skills. RSVP (Isabel@EarthPath.ca) if planning to attend.

https://www.earthpath.ca/earth-roots-apprenticeship.html

 

12. Feb 12 | Organic Gardening for the absentee gardener 

Away at the cottage or travelling during the summer—no point in planting an organic garden!  Think again: Rachelle Gendron of Our Little Farm (www.ourlittlefarm.ca) will let you in on tips and tricks for the absentee gardener—from watering to the timing of plantings.

Click here for more information. 


13. Feb 13 | Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa 

Join Agriculture More than Ever for an all-day event for Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa on February 13, 2018!

Click here for more information.


14. Feb 15 | Edibles in the Garden 

Join the Nepean Horticultural Society with guest speaker Mary Reid (Green Thumb Garden Centre) for  ‘Edibles in the Garden’ – incorporating edible plants into your flower garden.

Click here for more information. 


15. Feb 19 | USC is Hiring 

USC Canada is hiring for work in their head office and overseas. Click here for more information.


16. Feb 24 – 25 |ECO FARM DAY 2018 

Please note, Just Food will be at the trade show.

“ADAPTATION”

Keynote: Mary Howell and Klaas Martens, organic mixed farmers, owners of Lakeview Organic Grains in New York, and regular contributors to ACRES USA

Feb 24: Keynote address, 40 exhibitor trade show, organic lunch and a dozen workshops relating to plants, livestock, and soils.

Also a reception dinner and screening of the new documentary Modified, by Aube Giroux, in partnership with Transition Cornwall+ and All Things Food.

Feb 25: ALSO JOIN Canadian Organic Growers for one of two full day, intensive and participatory workshops:

  • Polyculture Livestock: Synergizing multiple livestock species into a single pasturing system, with veterinarian Dr Hubert and Suzanne Karreman, of Reverence Farms and Café.
  • The Permaculture Market Garden: Apply Permaculture principles without jeopardizing production, with Zach Loeks, author and farmer at Kula Permaculture Farm.

Check www.ecofarmday.ca and www.facebook.com/cogosochapter and www.twitter.com/ecofarmday for details and updates

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17. Feb 24 | Stanley’s Maple Farm Easter Egg Hunt

Children and adults alike delight in meeting the Easter Bunny and helping him find his eggs. Join in the fun and pile aboard the wagon for a ride out to the Sugarbush. Hunt through the bush in search of the Easter bunny’s lost eggs, and add them to your basket. Family fun for all – and each child leaves with something special!

Click here for more information: http://stanleysfarm.com/family-fun/easter-egg-hunt/


18. Feb – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

From drystone walls to container gardening – check out some of these great gardening workshops offered throughout the year!

Click here for more information: http://ottawahort.org/events/


19. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a non-profit basis. Join them this year to check out their exhibitors and seed show!

Click here for more information: http://ottawafarmshow.com/history/


20. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

March 21 is the International Day of Forests – will you celebrate? Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live!

Click here for more information: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/

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21. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG (local chapter)

Where: The Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa

When: Saturday mornings – March 10th, April 14th, May 12th 9:30am-1:30pm. Seed Sale to follow at 1:30pm.

Topics include:
Growing Organic Vegetables, Herbs & Edible Flowers, Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden, Starting Seeds Indoors and Out, Soil, Compost, Garden Planning Workshop, Garden Diagnosis & Organic Garden Management of Pests & Diseases, Extending the Gardening Growing Season, & Winterizing, and Seed Saving.


22. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan?

Click here for more information: http://www.cog.ca/our-services/seedproductioncourse/

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23. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

Foire écosphère: environment et écohabitation: la première année à Ottawa-Gatineau

En collaboration avec la Ville de Gatineau et le Festival du Chanvre cherchent des exposants et conférenciers pour leur foire le 14-15 Juillet à Gatineau.

Pour plus d’information, visitez https://foireecosphere.org/

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Ecosphere Canada: environment and green housing, is having their first Ottawa-Gatineau expo.

They are looking for speakers and facilitators for their event on July 14-15.

For more information, visit https://foireecosphere.org/en/


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CGN blog: Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Program

This is the fifth piece in an ongoing CGN’s blog. This blog will be filled with snapshots of the network, garden activities, garden profiles, coordinator profiles & more!

This post is about Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Program, where indoor and outdoor gardens and even a greenhouse are used to teach students more than just gardening techniques.  The post is written by Nancy Moir at her blog Grown In My BackYard. 

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CGN blog: Growing Up Organic

This is the fourth piece in an ongoing CGN’s blog. This blog will be filled with snapshots of the network, garden activities, garden profiles, coordinator profiles & more!

This post is about Growing Up Organic, a garden and farm-based educational program for children and youth.  The post is written by Nancy Moir at her blog Grown In My BackYard.

Parents and teachers, are you looking for a unique way to engage school-aged children in learning, teach them food skills and nutrition, and connect them with the environment?  Growing Up Organic (GUO) may have a solution for you!

GUO is a garden- and farm-based educational program for children and youth provided by the Ottawa, St. Lawrence, and Outaouais Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers.  Since its inception in 2007, GUO has enabled many schools across the region to build their own school garden programs. These gardens do more than produce delicious, healthy food; educators use them to foster experiential learning to meet their teaching goals.  They enliven the curriculum for students who feel disengaged or who could benefit from hands-on experience to help with their comprehension.

Implementing a school garden does not add to a teacher’s workload; rather it reduces it by providing a simplified, vivid, real-world model that can be used to teach almost any subject.  This program requires that students draw plans, calculate many different types of variables, engage in physical activity, and much more.  Students of all ages and backgrounds have expressed delight at working within a school garden and their schoolwork reflects this newfound excitement.  Through this, they acquire a solid understanding of the life cycles of plants, and an appreciation of the environment.

So, how does it work?  GUI hosts gardening workshops in the spring and fall that are free to OCBSB educators, and available to other schools for a fee.  In these workshops, GUO provides educators with an overview of the garden-based activities that they can facilitate in their schools. Their website offers a thorough overview of the preparation that should be undertaken before a garden is built. As well, each garden requires a support team of interested parents, teachers, and other community members.  GUO provides the information needed to fundraise, build, and maintain a school garden, and most importantly, to use as a tool within the curriculum.

GUO is more than just a repository of information.  Behind the website are the friendly faces of its facilitators and volunteer advisory committee (teachers, master gardeners, and stakeholders), who shape the program and provide support.  For more information, visit their website.