July 2017 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How To Start A Community Garden 

2. Aug 9 |2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session 

3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair 

4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm 

5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree 

6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop 

7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop

 

Other Community News and Events

 

8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Festival

9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

 


Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How to Start A Community Garden

Join us on August 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 for a free workshop, “How to Start a Community Garden” at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre. You will learn about the steps involved in starting a community garden. How to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more! Save your spot, register today! 

To register: communitygardening@justfood.ca

 

2. Aug 9 | 2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session

Are you interested in being a farmer? Intrigued by the diverse possibilities of agriculture in the Ottawa region? Learn more about Just Food and its 2018 Start-Up Farm Program at our first Information Session, August 9, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blackburn Hamlet branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Just Food launched its Start-Up Farm Program in 2013 to promote farming and careers in agriculture as viable options. The Start-Up Farm program offers workshops and meetings on organic certification, crop planting, marketing and sales, irrigation, farm safety and equipment use, and business planning—and many more—over the course of the year. The program also offers participants an option to access land, shared equipment, and training to help support new farmers and to lower the risk as they enter the industry. You can also book an appointment with Just Food to discuss a partner project at the farm.

There are a limited number of bursaries and loans for select participants. Applicants must have some agricultural experience and are encouraged to have a specific direction to pursue for their farm. If you are ready to get started farming, attend the information session August 9 to see how you can benefit from Just Food’s Start Up Farm Program.

Register today!

For more information, contact info@justfood.ca 

 

3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair

Navan Fair
Date: Aug 10th-13th
Location: 1279 Colonial Rd, Navan, ON

At the Navan Fair, come see live performances from artists such as Road Hammers, the demolition derby, animals, the truck and tractor pull, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Capital Fair
Date: Aug 18th-27th
Location: 4837 Albion Rd, Gloucester, ON

Home to Ottawa’s largest midway, the Capital Fair is fun for the whole family. The Capital Fair offers free events such as the Museum of Agriculture, Fair Fun Food, and Monster Show.
Click here for more information.

Richmond Fair  
Date: September 14th – 17th
Location: 6107 Perth St, Richmond, ON

While promoting agriculture awareness, the 173rd Richmond Fair, also offers events such as the demolition derby, lawn tractor pull, and live entertainment.
Click here for more information.

Carp Fair
Date: September 21st – 24th
Location: 3790 Carp Rd. Carp, ON

At the 154th Carp Fair, entertainment includes country music star Brett Kissel, horse shows, a petting zoo, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Metcalfe Fair
Date: September 28th – October 1st
Location: 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe.

At the 161st Metcalfe Fair, see events such as the classic car show, fiddling, step dancing and a midway.
Click here for more information.

 

4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm


Calling all gardeners! Are you a member of a community garden or is gardening a passion of yours? We are looking for super gardeners to join us in planning and coordinating work on 1/4 acre garden and help ensure a successful season! All proceeds of our Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row garden are being donated to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard and are a part of our New Roots program which introduces New Canadian farmers to Canadian soil.  If you have an hour or two on a weekly basis that you can commit to assisting the team, please contact Christine at administration@justfood.ca.

 

5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree

Are you proud of your garden? How about that edible tree you’re about to harvest? We want to celebrate the amazing gardens, edible trees and the folks behind them! Share your photos and selfies on Facebook, Instagram and/orr Twitter and make sure to use the hashtags #613gardenselfie | #613myedibletree to be a part of celebrating Ottawa’s awesome gardening community.  We can’t wait to see your plants!

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6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop

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7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop


So you’ve figured out how to produce good quality seed, but now how do you clean it so that it looks like it does in a seed pack?  Join us on September 30 from 10:00 – 1:00 at Greta’s Organic Gardens and learn how to clean vegetable seed from resident expert Greta Kryger. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale.  This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot. Save your spot. Register today!

 

 

Other Community News and Events

 

8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Celebration

Just Food will be hosting a table at this event!

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9. Tour: Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — Kinburn & Cobden

Join us for a detailed tour of two sites with two local authors.  We’ll start the day with a quick intro on “what is permaculture?”.  Our tour will visit Kula Permaculture Farm and Aster Lane Edibles.  Cost: $59, includes HST.  Click here for more information.


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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 613-699-6850 x10.


 

Agri 150 – Good Food Celebrations

On Saturday, October 14th, between 11:30 am – 3pm, eaters from across Ottawa are invited to a celebration at Just Food Farm.

See the details here for you to share with colleagues, friends and family.
Please click to register so we know how many are coming to plan some food treats: https://www.goodfoodcelebrations.ca/

The free event will feature:

· The launch of the new community pavilion, solar project showpiece, and renovated community barn

· Two inspiring young speakers who connect local to global food issues

· A community art show and new food forests

· Live music

· Local food samples (free samples created by Red Apron, food options for purchase, and also encouraging folks to bring their own picnics)

· A wagon ride or walking tour to learn about what is growing on the farm

· Free sample of Beau’s craft beer

 

Sept 14: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

Discover excellent sites of downtown agriculture on an urban bike tour exploring Ottawa’s community gardens.
6.3 kilometres of laid-back, family friendly biking, to get to know how great our urban garden spaces are!

  • The event will take place September 14th6:00-8:00 PM. Starting point is at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals, 65 Sparks Street.
  • Light snacks will be provided. $5 or pay as you can donation.

Sept 12: Start-up Farm Info Session

 

Are you interested in being a farmer? Intrigued by the diverse possibilities of agriculture in the Ottawa region?

Learn more about Just Food and its 2018 Start-Up Farm Program at our next Information Session, September 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Please contact phil@justfood.ca for location.

Just Food launched its Start-Up Farm Program in 2013 to promote farming and careers in agriculture as viable options. The Start-Up Farm program offers workshops and meetings on organic certification, crop planting, marketing and sales, irrigation, farm safety and equipment use, and business planning—and many more—over the course of the year. The program also offers participants an option to access land, shared equipment, and training to help support new farmers and to lower the risk as they enter the industry. You can also book an appointment with Just Food to discuss a partner project at the farm.

There are a limited number of bursaries and loans for select participants. Applicants must have some agricultural experience and are encouraged to have a specific direction to pursue for their farm. If you are ready to get started farming, attend the information session September 12 to see how you can benefit from Just Food’s Start Up Farm Program.

Register today

For the application and more information, contact phil@justfood.ca

 

 

August 3 Workshop: How to Start a Community Garden

 

At the free, “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop you will learn about the steps involved in starting a community garden. How to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more!

This workshop will be facilitated by Jordan Bouchard of the Community Garden Network.

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.
To register, click here.

Thursday August 3  6:30 -8:30
Albion-Heatherington Community Centre, 1560 Heatherington Road.

 

A Message from the Board Chair: Our New Community Space

Brief Comments by Patricia Ballamingie, Just Food Board Chair, following Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orleans at the announcement on February 17th, 2017, regarding the funding for a new community space at the Just Food Farm.

Thank you kindly, Marie-France, for making this exciting announcement, and sharing in our celebration. And I am so pleased to have Brewster Kneen here with us today, representing our dear former Chair, Cathleen Kneen, who was instrumental in negotiating our lease and advancing our organization. My name is Trish Ballamingie, and I serve as Chair of the Board of Just Food.

We are tremendously grateful to the Ontario150 Community Capital Program, and to the Trillium Foundation, for this critical funding, and to our partner, the National Capital Commission (and we are pleased to have NNC representative, Bill Leonard, Geoffrey Frigon, and Cedric Pelletier with us here today).

The Just Food Farm boasts this large, two-story hayloft barn – one of the remaining gems in Ottawa’s Greenbelt – in dire need of repair and renovation to realize its potential to connect and enrich the community for decades to come – a joint goal of both Just Food and the National Capital Commission!

The barn itself is currently in active use, but under less-than-ideal conditions; it must be renovated to bring in electricity, water and heat, to ensure accessibility, and to highlight environmental design; and retrofitted to significantly extend and expand its community

A renewed facility would benefit the adjacent neighborhood of Blackburn Hamlet as well as other community-based organizations across Ottawa with whom we regularly collaborate; and the general population, as well as the Just Food Farm community—including an annual intake of start-up farmer trainees, plus long-term partners such as the Karen Learning and Education Opportunities (refugees from the Thai/Burma border); Operation Come Home (who work with street youth); Radical Homestead (beekeepers); The Wild Garden (Amber, our resident herbalist and children’s programmer); Nanabush Food Forests (forest gardeners + off-grid mushroom cultivators), and Earth Path (children’s programmers).

The site attracts thousands of people from across the city (to participate in programs and educational workshops, attend our Sunday farm gate stand, walk the property, or drop their kids off at summer nature camp…).

Renovations would provide much-needed three-season COMMUNITY EVENT space for: educational food literacy workshops; community gatherings, local food celebrations and public events; and rodent-proof seed library storage; indoor farm equipment storage; and on-site, four-season offices for Just Food staff, volunteers, partners and interns. [We finally have an organizational home!]

This funding will help the Just Food Farm truly become a Community Food and Sustainable Agriculture Hub (and the barn will showcase sustainable building practices such as adaptive reuse of dismantled materials, composting toilets, green energy, and more!).

This legacy project will not only stimulate economic opportunity, but also bolster community connections – augmenting social capital and enriching Ottawa Valley food cultures. Canada’s 150th anniversary represents an ideal opportunity to revive a piece of its heritage to CONNECT COMMUNITY around food and sustainable agriculture in Canada’s capital!

If you have time for an informal tour, I would invite you to join myself and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount, for a walk through the barn, so that you can see the BEFORE, and envision what we have planned for the near future!

Thank you so much!

Workshop this Tuesday: Organic Certification and Record-keeping

Organic Certification and Record-keeping – What’s involved?
A Just Food Farm Workshop

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hintonburg Community Centre at 1064 Wellington St W.
*Parking behind the centre, or if full, on surrounding streets.
*$30 (Bring please cash or cheque)

Organic records maintain the organic integrity of farm products throughout the production process and require certain systems in place.

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 farmers (with large or small operations) interested in organic certification—whether you are a conventional farmer considering a transition for all or part of your operation, an established growers using organic practices who are interested in getting certified, or a new grower starting up.

Please register at administration@justfood.ca .  For questions, please call 613-699-6850 x 10.

If you aren’t able to register ahead of time, you are still welcome to attend.

 

Just Food is Hiring!

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Job Offer for: Assistant – Community Economic Development

 Salary:
40 hrs/week x $18/hr @ $37,440 FTE
6 month contract, with strong potential for renewal

Conditional Offer:
Must meet Green Jobs Criteria (subsidized program with criteria set by government):

  1. Be a graduate from a post-secondary institution within the last three years;
  2. Be between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive at the start of the placement);
  3. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status;
  4. Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations; and
  5. Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance at the start of your placement.
  6. You must be ready and able to start work in Ottawa in December, with good time given off (including paid stats) for holiday season.

Role:

  • Assist with the Savour Ottawa initiative: marketing and promotions, event coordination, outreach and communications
  • Assist with Ottawa 2017 Agri-150 Rural Tourism events
  • Conduct tourism-readiness assessments with rural businesses in the region
  • Support existing Just Food social enterprises (Community Food Hub, OttawaKitchen.ca, etc.)
  • Write reports as required

Must have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Keen interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of both local agriculture sector and community economic development
  • Strong event planning experience
  • Experience in community-based initiatives
  • Experience in outreach, marketing and promotions within community setting
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English.
  • Strategic thinking and ability to think on one’s feet
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-use office environment
  • Ability to effectively use standard electronic office tools, including social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and stakeholders in English (by phone, in-person and by email). Ability to speak French conversationally considered an asset, but not required.
  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication skills

Hours and Location:

Monday-Friday with some weekends and evenings based on needs of program.
The position requires flexibility regarding working locations.  Working mostly from home until the growing season opens, at which point The Just Food Farm (2389 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet, Ottawa) will also be a base.  There will be many meetings out in the community. This position is a city-wide, region-wide position, that requires access to a vehicle part-time for rural meetings.

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Location:

2389 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet, Ottawa (Just Food Farm)
*Working from your home is also required for while new offices are constructed.
*There is a strong preference for people who are interested in these positions over several years.

TO APPLY – All of the following must be met:

  • Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to moe@justfood.ca asap and no later than Friday, December 8, 2016.
  • Your email must have the subject line “Application Nov 2016 – Your Name” for it to be considered.
  • Contact information for 3 references must be provided within your resumé.
  • Interviews will be scheduled as soon as we identify qualified candidates, and no later than December 13.

We thank all applicants for their interest.

All those who apply will be contacted by email to let you know if you were selected or not for an interview.