Food and Farm Events this August

August 2018


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. August 18 | Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

2. August 18 | Agroecology Shindig and Hootenanny

3. August 19 | Savour Ottawa Taste Trails: Walk on the Wild Side Tour

Other Community News and Events

4. August | Eat Together Ottawa

5. August 11 | All About Bugs!

6. August 9 – 12 | Navan Fair 

7. August 17 – 26 | The Capital Fair 

8. August 18 | Barn Farms & Wicked Chefs

9. Until September 1 | Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour

10. Garden Promenade Activities this Summer

 


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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. August 18 | Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

 

On August 18th, in Ottawa, FLEdGE, Lakehead University, USC Canada, and Just Food will host a full-day workshop on the future of agroecology in Canada. Join farmers, researchers, community organizers, and students to discuss how to bring this international movement to Canada. Come hear from speakers from around the world, including from La Via Campesina and USC Canada, and across the country, including the National Farmers Union and Indigenous voices, and work together to build an agroecological movement here at home.

Parking is limited, so please carpool, take transit, or bike. Ticket prices include a light lunch.

For more details and to register online, go to the Agroecology Field School website.

When: August 18 – 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa, ON
Cost:
Student – $10.00
Farmer – $10.00
Community Organizer/NGO – $20.00
Researcher/Faculty – $60.00

 

2.  August 18 | Agroecology Shindig and Hootenanny

Locally produced food, music and libations—what a way to cap the day! After the Agroecology Field School and Research Summit, join us in the Red Barn for an evening of festivities starting at 6 p.m. with a full dinner from Wawatay Catering: baked bannock & butter; summer salad; roasted chicken; coconut curry and chick peas; wild rice pilaf loaded with vegetables! Match your food with a local craft beer or cider from the Ottawa region.

This is followed by a hootenanny with music from Ottawa Contra Dance—not to be missed! If you can’t make it for the full day, don’t hang your head, come and catch up in the evening—tickets available separately, just scroll down and tick the Barn Dance box!

Last chance! Get your tickets now, we need final numbers for the caterer by Friday!

Get your tickets at:

https://ec.lakeheadu.ca/agroecology/home

When: August 18 – 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 
2391 Pepin Crt. Ottawa, ON
Cost: $40

 

3. August 19 | Savour Ottawa Taste Trails: Walk on the Wild Side Tour

Savour Ottawa Taste Trails starting this August! Join us on our summer and fall tours – our first tour is Walk on the Wild Side.

Tour rural west Ottawa to learn about wild edibles, fermentation, viticulture & winemaking, honey, and organic farming!  Reconnect with the wild ways we source some of our favourite foods right here in the nation’s capital with visits to food/farm businesses with Savour Ottawa tastes along the way.

For more information & tickets: http://so-justfood.nationbuilder.com/wc_tour

 

Other Community News and Events

4. August | Eat Together Ottawa 

This August the Salvation Army, Ottawa Public Health, Loblaws, Parkdale Food Centre, and COBS Bread Barrhaven have partnered to create the second annual Eat Together Ottawa campaign to encourage everyone to eat together and play together as a community, to overcome division and isolation, and build new connections of acceptance and hope.

You can create your own Eat Together event by bringing your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to the table to enjoy a meal and celebrate each other with an option to fundraise for a local food program.

For more information on how to participate please go to: http://www.eattogetherottawa.ca/#!/about

5. August 11 | All About Bugs! Earth Path Field Walk

Join Earth Path for this family-friendly field walk with entomologist Henri Goulet from Agriculture Canada, who will show us bountiful bugs at the Just Food Farm. With nets and scopes in hand, we’ll look at many types of beetles, seek butterflies and search for critters under logs and leaves. Henri will also teach us how to safely pick up spiders, so we see them as friend not foe! Bring your kids, butterfly net if you have one, and enjoy a summer morning outside. This walk was a big hit last year, so register early to save your spots!
When: August 11 – 10am – 12:30pm
Where: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet (east Ottawa). See Directions
Suggested Cost: $20 per adult, $10 per child; or $40 for family of 4 ($ goes to our Scholarship fund); or pay what you can
Advance registration required at: https://www.earthpath.ca/2018-field-walks.html

6. August 9 – 12 | Navan Fair 

The theme for Navan Fair 2018 is “Here We Grow Again”.

Let Navan Fair be your family’s summer tradition! Launched in 1946, this rural celebration has all the countrified events one would expect from a great country fair.

Located only 20 minutes south-east of downtown Ottawa, in the village of Navan. Check out their website for the full schedule of eventshttps://www.navanfair.com/2018-schedule-of-events/

When: Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12
Where: 1279 Colonial Road, Navan, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. Day & weekend passes available – see link for details https://www.navanfair.com/visitors/admission-information/

7August 17 – August 26 | The Capital Fair

The Capital Fair is pleased to welcome everyone to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for a terrific 10 day event.

The Fair features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway courtesy of World’s Finest Shows, great Fair foods and fun, a demo derby, the Wednesday night Rideau Carleton Cruise Night, lots for the kids including Doo Doo’s Dance Party, the Birds of Prey Show, the Travelin’ Farmer, the Monalea Petting Zoo and Pony rides, 4H competitions, the Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog show and courtesy of neighbouring Rideau Carleton Casino; lots of daily entertainment and specialty acts.

Whew! The Capital Fair really has it all!

When Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 26
Where: Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino, 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa ON
Cost: $4/person – children under 36”

For more information:  http://www.capitalfair.ca/index.html

8August 18 | Barns Farm & Wicked Chefs 

It is our annual summer party coming up on August 18th, with wicked guest chefs using local ingredients in a gorgeous rustic barn setting. Local live music, live & silent auctions, craft beer and local distilleries are also featured! It is a crucial event for the work that we do at The Table Community Food Centre.

The setting is a rustic and elegant heritage farmstead re-done as a popular event space called EcoTay. You will be surrounded by beautiful barns, hay fields, woods and meadows. Throughout the compact site you will find chefs’ booths each serving a distinct small plate featuring produce, meats and cheeses from the area. We work with our chefs to make sure vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

There are indoor/covered  and outdoor seating areas. Some guests prefer to stay standing, cocktail party style, as the move from one area of the party to the next. Food is mouth watering and you can wash it down with a local craft beer, regional wine, a cocktail with local craft spirits, kombucha, water, coffee and tea.

http://thetablecfc.org/barns-farms-and-wicked-chefs-2018-0

When: August 18 – 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ecotay Perth, 942 Upper Scotch Line
Cost: 
$125 (comes with $80 tax receipt)

9. Until September 1 | Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour

Join the Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour bus and experience some of the more than 40 gardens in Ottawa-Gatineau. Each week brings a unique tour experience guided by a garden expert. Look for the Garden Promenade decorated bus. Come out to learn and celebrate the gardens of the National Capital! http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/lee-valley-guided-bus-tour/

When: Every Saturday until September 1 between 9am and 11am
Where: Bus departs from downtown on Metcalfe Street at Sparks Street at 9am
Cost: $20 per person

10. Garden Promenade Activities this Summer 

Garden Promenade’s Garden Photo-Fest

August 19 is International Photography Day and gardens are a perfect setting for photography. This event is a photo tribute to all the gardens, plants and people on the Garden Promenade. You are invited to share the beauty of our region with your photos of the beautiful gardens along the Promenade. There will be workshops, exhibitions and other ways for the amateur and professional photographers to get involved. Let us know what you are planning to bring photography attention to your garden. Be sure to hashtag your photos with #GardenPromenade or #promenadejardins.

When: August 18 – 19
Where: The Garden Promenade
Cost: FREE

Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

As the days begin to grow shorter, and the heat of the summer starts to dissipate, people in this region look forward to the bounties of the harvest. This September, Gardenlicious is the opportunity to connect your garden to the culinary world.

Does your garden already have a culinary experience? This could be the opportunity to connect with a local chef and restaurant. You could host a chef from one of our official restaurants for your visitors to meet, which will offer a truly delightful garden culinary experience from the farm to the plate.

Watch http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/gardenlicious-sept-22-24-2017/ to learn about activities, times, and locations where you can enjoy some of the city’s best Garden-to-Table experiences.

When: September 14 – 23
Where: The Garden Promenade
Cost: FREE

Garden Fall Rhapsody

We think anytime is a good time to visit the National Capital Region, but autumn is by far one of our most colourful times of year. The tulips and gardens may just be memories in October, but the blazing glory of the deciduous trees and the soft warmth of sun along the Garden Promenade combine into a Fall Rhapsody that is renowned world-wide. Bring your camera and put your hiking boots on. There is so much to see and explore you’ll want to make this spectacular season part of your annual sojourn to the Capital. Keep an eye on http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/garden-fall-rhapsody-october-7-9-2017/ for more information soon.

When: October 6 – 8
Where: Gatineau Park (NCC)
Cost: FREE

 


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.

Walk on the Wild Side

Savour Ottawa Taste Trails starting this August! Join us on our summer and fall tours – our first tour is Walk on the Wild Side.

Tour rural west Ottawa to learn about wild edibles, fermentation, viticulture & winemaking, honey, and organic farming!  Reconnect with the wild ways we source some of our favourite foods right here in the nation’s capital with visits to food/farm businesses with Savour Ottawa tastes along the way.

For more information & tickets: http://so-justfood.nationbuilder.com/wc_tour

The Haven Community Garden

The Haven Community Garden in Barrhaven is one of the city’s newest community gardens. It’s beautifully situated on Via Chianti Grove off Longfields Drive, at the end of a row of townhouses and adjacent to two low-rise buildings. Residents of these new buildings gaze down upon 25 beds of lush green vegetables and fruits.

The idea of a community garden was first discussed last year, as the neighbourhood was taking shape, but it was not until this year that the idea took fruition. Residents worked with the landlord to secure a spot for the garden, and to sign up interested gardeners from the adjacent residences. The raised beds around the perimeter were completed at the end of May; the ground-level beds were finished by the first week of June. Despite the somewhat late start, the garden has flourished. The beds are filled with massive tomato plants that are heavily laden with fruit, as well as other favourites such as carrots, peppers, beans, and even fennel and bok choy

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What makes this project remarkable is that about 70% of the gardeners at the Haven Community Garden had never gardened before they acquired a plot this year. The response has been tremendously positive. The garden has been a true community effort that readily brought together individuals from various cultures and abilities to work towards the common goal of growing fresh, nutritious produce. Experienced gardeners help newcomers identify weeds, determine how many plants a bed can sustain, and ensure that produce is picked when it is ripe. Though it has been a hot and dry summer, there is always at least one person on hand to ensure that all of the beds are watered. And, when food is ready to be picked, it is often delightfully shared amongst family members and neighbours! One family, having only one strawberry plant, which produced only one strawberry, split it four ways so that each family member could have a taste!

This year, much of the effort was spent getting the infrastructure authorized and built. Next year, emphasis will be placed on organizing the gardens before they are planted, by divvying up seeds and seedlings, and providing more educational opportunities for new gardeners. Interest is growing, and if space can be obtained for additional beds, the garden organizers would love to see a kid’s garden, an herb garden, and a central community garden, in which seedlings could be started before being dispersed to individual plots. They would also like to invest in composters and water barrels, and more tools to make gardening tasks easier for everyone. The garden is open to members of the adjacent residences, but right now, all of the plots have been spoken for.

Mara Watson, one of the gardening coordinators, says that the main positive outcome of the garden is that it provided an opportunity for people to really get to know their neighbours. Individuals who do not otherwise share common interests – or a common language – still find the means to communicate about their plants. It is also a fundamental source of joy for the community. She relayed one story of a new gardener who lovingly photographs her plants and speaks of them as her babies. “The garden gives her such joy and peace,” Mara said, echoing the feelings of the other gardeners who had gathered to discuss their endeavour. Indeed, it is easy to see why this beautiful community garden has become a centrepiece of one of Barrhaven’s newest communities.

The Fair Finance Fund – for social enterprises!

Are you a local food producer, processor, market owner/ staff, co-op owner/ staff or other regional food entrepreneur that is committed to social values and community benefit goals? Are you looking for better access to capital?

Local Food and Farm Co-ops, with partners at the Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ SSMIC and the Greenbelt Fund are creating an exciting new opportunity—but in order to create a funding opportunity that is useful, they are asking for your tell them what you need, and help shape their program. You have 2 days left to give them input via the survey link below.

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We want to hear from you! We are contacting you to invite you to give your input to an exciting new project, the Fair Finance Fund for the local food and farm sector.

We appreciate your time to fill out the survey so that we can ensure the fund meets the needs of the sector. Please fill it out if you are a local food or farm enterprise with social, environmental and community goals and benefits, and feel free to share with others.

Please click here to fill out our survey.

Some more about the project:

The Fair Finance Fund will be a revolving loan fund offering patient capital (long-term or negotiated rates) for local food and farm social enterprises. Social enterprises in this sector include regional producers, markets and other regional food system partners that share social values and community benefit goals. The research is a coordinated by the Local Food and Farm Co-ops, with partners at the Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ SSMIC and the Greenbelt Fund. All participant responses will be held in strict confidence by Local Food and Farm Co-ops. The resulting report and general non-identifying statistical data may be shared with Fair Finance Fund partners and the Greenbelt Fund.

Loans will be offered in the mid-scale range, which is often seen by banks as too small, but is too large for micro-finance schemes. Between now and September, we are soliciting input from partners and enterprises to ensure that the fund is designed to meet their needs, and be viable over the long-term.

Here are a couple of examples that have inspired us:
FarmWorks(Nova Scotia)
Chantier de l’Economie Sociale(Montreal)
La Montanita Fund(Arizona)

We thank you in advance for your input!

Sally Miller

Local Food and Farm Co-ops

sally<at>localfoodandfarm.coop

 

David Thompson

Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

dthompson<at>ssmic.com

Just what is Agroecology?

Just Food’s Red Barn Series

Topic: Agroecology

Sunday July 29th, 10:00 – 2:00

The UN, Via Campesina, and a cluster of farming, food security and food justice advocates at home and abroad are pointing to agroecology as the way to transform our food systems to achieve fairness for farmers, farm workers, and communities of eaters across the globe. Just Food is hosting the Agroecology Field School and Research Summit (tickets still available!) on August 18, where a large collection of experts and practitioners from Canada and around the world will discuss how to ‘Move Agroecology Forward’.

But just what is Agroecology? Join us at 10:30 for a primer, delivered by Just Food Associate Director Phil Mount, followed by a tour of the farm to discuss the principles as they apply in Ottawa, including how we integrate animals into our food system.

Community Farm Days: Wild Pollinators

THIS WEEK: it’s all about POLLINATORS!

Come on by for a workshop on pollinators offered by the Wild Pollinator Partners-Partenaires des pollinisateurs sauvages at 10:30am.
What is pollination? Who are the wild pollinators among us? How do they live their lives? Are they struggling? What can we do to help them in our gardens? We will explore these questions, and others, in the first part of this interactive session offered by the Wild Pollinator Partners-Partenaires des pollinisateurs network.
In the second part, we will head outside to observe wild pollinators in action!

For those of you who may want to be more hands on, join us in building a wild pollinator hotel with the support of Martin Thornell and friends from Ottawa City Woodshop. We will also have a craft table starting at 11am where you can make your own bee buddy!

WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 10am to 2pm – swing by anytime between these hours!

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court

Cost: FREE

And don’t forget to check out our Just Food Farm Stand with fresh vegetables. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the farm, rain or shine!

FARM BINGO!

Just Food invites you to get out on the Farm, have some fun, win some prizes, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

WHEN: Sunday, July 15th , 2018 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court

Cost: FREE

DETAILS:

Join us this Sunday for “FARM BINGO”! Each participant will be given a bingo card with clues to find 9 hidden farm. The first to get three BINGO lines gets their pick of the prizes! First to fill their card wins the grand prize—it’s like a scavenger hunt with photos, or the amazing farm race!!

And don’t forget to check out our farm stand with fresh vegetables, craft table for the kids, outside under the tents. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the farm, rain or shine!

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Just Food Farm will be hosting community days each Sunday filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, and more! Bring your family for a lunch picnic and spend some time on the farm. Stay tuned on our social media for updates on themes, special guests, and partners each week!

For details on this weekly series, check out http://justfood.ca/blog/2018/06/28/sunday-community-days-free-weekly-event-for-all-ages/

 

Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

On August 18th, in Ottawa, FLEdGE, Lakehead University, USC Canada, and Just Food will host a full-day workshop on the future of agroecology in Canada. Join farmers, researchers, community organizers, and students to discuss how to bring this international movement to Canada. Come hear from speakers from around the world, including from La Via Campesina and USC Canada, and across the country, including the National Farmers Union and Indigenous voices, and work together to build an agroecological movement here at home.
This event will take place at Just Food, 2391 Pépin Court. Parking is limited, so please carpool, take transit, or bike.
The event begins at 8:30am. Ticket prices include a light lunch.
For more details and to register online, go to the Agroecology Field School website.
Optional tickets for dinner catered by Wawatay Catering and a Barn Dance featuring Ottawa Contra Dance!! are also available.

Field Day: Participatory Plant Breeding

The Bauta Family Seed Initiative and Just Food present a field day on Participatory plant breeding, with Dr. Martin Entz.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: Flat Earth Farm, 3575 Campbellcroft Road, Ottawa, ON

DETAILS:
Flat Earth Farm is on the south edge of the City of Ottawa and includes 17 acres of land for agro-ecological food production. With the goal of maximizing biodiversity, the farm contains a mix of over 100 edible trees and bushes (17 varieties), and a large selection of perennial and annual crops standard to the region, as well as test plots of a number of grains, cover crops and legumes (including grain amaranth, sorghum, flax, chickpeas, millet, kamut)—along with a mix of small livestock.

Flat Earth Farm is also breeding new varieties of wheat, as part of The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s participatory plant breeding program with Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba. On this field day, you will learn more about the concept of participatory plant breeding, selection and some of the fundamentals on how to successfully build a diversified farm.
Sign-up at EventBrite to reserve your spot!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/field-day-participatory-plant-breeding-tickets-47771709469

Cost: FREE

Sunday Community Days – free weekly event for all ages!

Just Food Farm invites you to get out on the farm, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

Every Sunday starting July 8th, the farm will be hosting *free* community days filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, animal guests, tractor rides, and more! Every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Stay tuned on our blog and follow us on facebook and instagram to find out about each week’s exciting theme and fun activities! Rain or shine!

WORKSHOPS

Agricultural and healthy-living education to get the community talking and learning about important food and farm topics. Hands-on experience after the workshops!

Mission: We want to get you engaged in your Good Food City! By learning how to create a local food forest and understanding how to help your neighbourhood pollinators, you’re engaging in important conversations and contributing to positive change in your community. Follow along for topic releases for each week!

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Farm-themed crafts and hands-on activities for families from 11 am to 1 pm. Special guests to watch for… farm animal friends and tractor wagon rides!

Mission: Everyone should know where their food comes from, no matter how young. The kids area is set to inspire young minds to learn about food and farming, and to motivate small hands to get busy in the dirt. Food literacy and soil experiences start early on!

FARMERS’ CUPBOARD

Stock your pantry with good food while supporting local farmers and small businesses! Check out the cool stock of honey, teas, seedlings, books, and more – grown and produced by our farmer friends! All profits go directly to the person who made it.

DONATE-A-ROW

Join us in the garden as we help good food grow! All produce will be donated to our friends at the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.
BRING: long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen!

BRing your own picnic!

Pack a picnic lunch, and try using local ingredients or buying from a local vendor! Check out Savour Ottawa’s members to find what you’re looking for: http://savourottawa.ca

 

Follow the facebook events and check out our instagram for up-to-date details and developments! Can’t wait to have you out!