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.

www.justfood.ca

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.

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

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.

Thursday November 24th  6:00 -8:00
North Gloucester Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2036 Ogilvie Rd.

To Register: please send Jordan an email at Communitygardening@justfood.ca specifying which workshop you wish to attend and let me know the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and, if possible, the exact site.

Let’s Talk About Healthy Food in Ottawa Schools

Ottawa is full of interesting and innovative ways of teaching and learning about good food in schools.  In celebration of National Farm to School month in Canada we are holding a School Food Forum to talk about all different facets of food in schools.

Please join us at the 2016 School Food Forum to connect with other school food advocates, teachers, students, parents, chefs, agencies and farmers. Here is some what you can expect at the 2016 School Food Forum:

  • Meet service providers and learn about new initiatives;

  • Share your school food needs;

  • Learn about exciting projects throughout the city

  • Connect with other people interested in creating healthy school food environments

If you want to get started celebrating Farm to School Month enter your school’s Farm to School story for a chance to win $1500.  Visit Sustain Ontario for more information.

To Register: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/school_food_2016

Just Food is Hiring for 2 New Positions!

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Just Food is hiring 2 new positions!

Administrative Assistant
Community Economic Developer Coordinator

Please share these with your networks.

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

Specific requirements are listed below for each job.
General requirements for both positions include:

  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-use office environment
  • Ability to effectively use email, Google Drive, social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and stakeholders in English (by phone, in-person and by email). French (and other languages) considered a strong asset
  • Excellent writing and editing 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

TO APPLY – All of the following must be met:

  • Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to
    moe@justfood.ca by 12pm noon on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
  • Your email must have the subject line “Application Oct 2016 – Your Name” for it to be considered.
  • Contact information for 3 references must be provided within your resumé.
  • Please clearly indicate which job(s) you would like to be considered for.
  • Please relate your personal skills/experience to what we’re looking for below
  • Interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016 – so please indicate that you can make this day for an interview (can be by Skype).

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.

Administrative Assistant
28 hrs/week x $18/hr @ $32,760 FTE = $26,208
Breakdown: 5 days/week X 5 hrs/day + 3 additional hours

Ideally, looking for someone who is seeking to be an administrative assistant for several years — could be second-careerist, retired, someone seeking a part-time position while doing other household or business work. While the position may include occasional program work, the vast majority of the responsibilities of this position involve administrative support of the broader team, and candidates must reflect this primary interest in their application.

The position requires flexibility regarding working locations. The Just Food Farm will be the primary site during the growing season, and employees will work from home until a year-round office is created at the farm—with the expectation that the position would be housed at Just Food Farm year-round from that point.

Responsibilities: overseeing organizational administration and communications, including but not limited to:

  • Membership paperwork within all of our programs
  • Maintaining social media channels for all programs (Facebook, twitter)
  • Creating web-based and print promotional materials/formatting documents and resources
  • Keep financial and contract files
    • Manage Invoicing/Bill payments/Up-to-date contracts
  • Maintain WordPress websites
  • Maintain Buy Local/Grow Local Food Guide
  • Manage monthly e-newsletters
  • Setting up logistics for workshops
  • Support team members by setting up and maintaining administrative systems
  • Assist with report-writing

Must have the following skills and qualifications, in addition to

  • Ability to embrace administrivia and love it! J
  • Ability to use Excel spreadsheets
  • Experience in social media
  • Ability to create/update web content on WordPress sites
  • Graphic design ability – to create posters/digital invites, format resources, etc.

Additional assets:

Level 1 asset:

  • Basic understanding of Quickbooks
  • Ability to speak French conversationally

Level 2 asset:

  • Experience using Nationbuilder or similar contact management database
  • Ability to write in French professionally

Community Economic Development Coordinator
28 hrs/week x $23.55/hr @ $42,860 FTE = $34,289

This position is a city-wide, region-wide position, that requires access to a vehicle part-time for rural work, and working from home. Being a development position, responsibilities will change over the years.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the Savour Ottawa initiative: marketing and promotions, event coordination, outreach and communications
  • Coordinate Ottawa 2017 Agri-150 Rural Tourism events
  • Conduct tourism-readiness assessments with rural businesses in the region
  • Support existing and future Just Food social enterprises (Community Food Hub, OttawaKitchen.ca, etc.)
  • Write funding proposals and 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.
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • Strategic thinking and ability to think on one’s feet

Additional Assets:

Level 1 Asset:

  • Experience with proposal-writing
  • Ability to speak French conversationally

The 1st annual Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project Collection Time has ARRIVED

Soldiers helping Soldiers (SHS) will have a potato collection booth at the Orleans Rib Fest located in the Centrum Plaza on Saturday, September 17th from 9 am to 3 pm to collect potatoes. SHS will be collecting potatoes participants have grown, potatoes people have purchased to donate to this cause and items for the Shepherds of Good Hope (peanut butter, jam, cereal and coffee are in desperate need right now). SHS will also have members from Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare / Support Our Troops on hand selling raffle tickets on a new car in support of Veterans House (a project to house 40 homeless veterans right here in Ottawa)

Where: Centrum Plaza, Orléans
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Hope to see you there!