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 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:

Just Food is Hiring for 2 New Positions!


Just Food is hiring 2 new positions!

Administrative Assistant
Community Economic Developer Coordinator

Please share these with your networks.
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 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,, 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!

Best Practises for Vegetable Seed & Grain Cleaning Workshop

Learn from Greta Kryger, of Greta’s Organic Garden and George Wright  of Castor River Farm, at this intensive on Best Practises for Seed & Grain Cleaning.  Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of vegetable seed cleaning.  Afterwards, George Wright will demonstrate grain cleaning with his mobile grain cleaner.  This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to effectively clean your vegetable seeds for commercial sale.

When: October 4th 10 AM- 3:00 PM
Where: Greta’s Organic Gardens, 399 River Road (near airport)

Cost: $25 per person

Payment can be made by PayPal in advance of the workshop or made at the workshop itself.

To register, please visit this page:

For any questions please email

Just Food Picnic – Sunday Sept. 4th

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Just Food is hosting a picnic on Sunday Sept. 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The picnic will include a local corn roast, farmers market, wagon rides, games for all-ages, and performances by local bands Shades of Soul and Tribe Royal! It’s taking place at the Just Food Farm, located at 2389 Pépin Ct., right off the 94-bus route, but free parking is also available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks. Everyone is welcome to attend.

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

There’s much to navigate when establishing a community garden, as a result it can take  a year or more to pull it all together.  This workshop will go over the crucial elements to navigate when establishing a community garden. At this workshop participants will learn all there is to know about establishing a community garden in Ottawa including sections on site selection & acquisition, garden design & model, establishing a team,  managing a garden, consulting your community, accessing funding & much more. Now is the perfect time to start planning for 2017!

Two workshops:

Where: Centretown Community Health Centre
When: July 13th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. Meeting Room B
When: August 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

To Register: Email Jordan at

Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project Press Release

An English Message will follow




SHSPour diffusion immédiate

Le 25 mai, 2016


Activité de culture de pommes de terre pour soutenir les refuges d’Ottawa

Ottawa — Initiative d’entraide entre militaires (IEM) lançait aujourd’hui la première édition de son activité de culture de pommes de terre pour soutenir les refuges d’Ottawa qui viennent en aide aux sans-abri.

Le maire Watson, les conseillers Blais et Mitic, Victoria Ryan d’IEM, des représentants d’Alimentation juste et Deirdre Freiheit, président directeur général des Bergers de l’espoir étaient tous sur place pour semer des pommes de terre.

« Je suis heureux d’aider et de soutenir cette activité organisée par la capitaine Ryan et Initiative d’entraide entre militaires », a dit le maire Jim Watson. « Ottawa a la réputation d’être une ville bienveillante et voici une autre façon pour ses résidents de soutenir les gens épatants qui dirigent et qui utilisent nos refuges », a-t-il ajouté.

Avec l’appui d’Alimentation juste, de la Ville d’Ottawa et de membres dévoués des Forces armées, IEM lance au public le défi de cultiver des pommes de terre cet été et d’en faire don au moment de la récolte aux refuges qui participent à l’activité.

«Je me suis rapidement porté à aider sur ce projet pour assister», explique le conseiller Blais. “Mon bureau a passé beaucoup de temps avec d’entraide entre militaires à mettre à démarrer ce projet et je suis très fier d’avoir apporté cette contribution», ajoute-il.

Les pommes de terre sont une des dépenses les plus importantes dans les cuisines des refuges. Faire don de votre récolte aura une incidence directe sur leur budget.

« Avec un investissement d’aussi peu que 10 dollars, une personne peut facilement récolter 45 kg de pommes de terre », a dit la capitaine Ryan. « Les pommes de terre sont une des dépenses les plus élevées dans les soupes populaires. Ces organismes en utilisent des tonnes chaque année. C’est un légume très polyvalent, qui offre une grande variété de menus possibles aux cuisiniers », a-t-elle ajouté.

Les pommes de terre sont intéressantes parce qu’elles demeurent fraîches des mois durant si elles sont conservées comme il faut, et tout le monde peut en cultiver à peu près n’importe où.

« Nous appuyons ce projet, car il sensibilise les gens au problème de l’insécurité alimentaire chez les personnes sans-abri tout en encourageant une approche concertée dans la collectivité pour cultiver des aliments frais destinés aux personnes qui en ont le plus besoin », a dit Jordan Bouchard, coordonnateur du réseau des jardins communautaires d’Alimentation juste.

Les personnes désireuses de cultiver des pommes de terre cet été dans le cadre de cette activité dirigée par Initiative d’entraide entre militaires peuvent s’inscrire en se rendant sur le site suivant :

Le public peut se rendre sur le site pour s’inscrire, avoir plus de détails sur les modalités de participation et recevoir des conseils techniques conviviaux sur la culture des pommes de terre.

Pour autre renseignements :
Victoria Ryan


SHSNews Release

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2016

First Grow Potato event launched to support local shelters

Ottawa – Soldiers Helping Soldiers (SHS) today kicked off the first Grow Potato event to help benefit Ottawa shelters for the homeless.

Mayor Watson, Councillors Blais and Mitic, Victoria Ryan of SHS, Just Food and Micah Garten of the Shepherds of Good Hope, were all on hand to plant potatoes of their own.

“I am proud to help and support Captain Ryan and Soldiers Helping Soldiers in this endeavour,” says Mayor Jim Watson. “Ottawa has a reputation for being a caring City and this is another way for residents to support the amazing people who run and use our shelters,” he adds.

With the support of Just Food, the City of Ottawa and dedicated members of the Armed Forces, SHS challenges members of the public to grow potatoes this summer, to be donated to participating shelters at the end of the growing season.

“Veterans deserve and have earned our support, which is why I am honored to have been asked to help the First Grow Potato project get started,” says Councillor Blais. “While we can’t begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans, contributing to Soldiers Helping Soldiers’ initiatives is a great start.”

Potatoes are among the largest expense in shelter kitchens, a donation made by the public will directly impact the financial bottom lines of the shelters.

“One can easily and for as little as $10, grow 100 lbs of potatoes,” says Captain Ryan. “Potatoes are amongst the largest expense for soup kitchens and they consume tonnes for them every year. They are also extremely versatile, offering an amazing variety of menu options to the cooks,” she adds.

Potatoes are appealing because they keep fresh for months in proper storage and can be grown almost anywhere by just about anyone.

“This is a wonderful SHS project and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Deirdre Freiheit President and CEO of the Shepherds of Good Hope. “Potatoes are an essential staple. We go through approximately 30 10-lb. bags each week. That’s more than 15,000 lbs. of potatoes every year. The Grow Potato program will help us meet that need.”

“We are supporting this project as it increases awareness about food insecurity among homeless people, while also encouraging a team approach within the community to grow fresh food for those who need it most”, says Just Food’s Community Garden Network Coordinator Jordan Bouchard.

Members of the public can visit to register and get more detail on how to participate with friendly technical tips on how to grow potatoes.

For more information:
Victoria Ryan


We are Hiring! Three Summer Student Positions – Apply by May 25

Position A – Savour Ottawa Culinary Tourism Assistant

Position B – Just Food Start-Up Farm Program Assistant

Position C – Just Food Communications Assistant


TO APPLY – All of the following must be met:

  • Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to by 5pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The document title must include your name and position(s) you are applying for, e.g. “Jane Smith Culinary Communications Application.pdf”.
  • Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered.
  • Contact information for 3 references must be provided within your resumé.
  • Please indicate which job(s) you would like to be considered for.
  • Please relate your personal skills/experience to what we’re looking for below.
  • Ensure that you meet the age and educational criteria.

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

Summer Student Work Terms:

Position A is 3-4 days/week over the summer, specific hours to be negotiated. (217.5 hours will be covered by the SEP program, with additional hours paid by Just Food).

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a postsecondary institution or within six months from graduation and have not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment. Must be a resident of Ontario. Sponsored by Ontario Summer Experience Program.

Positions B and C are full-time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under at the start of the employment; have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada Summer Jobs Program.

All positions offer a salary at $12/hour.

Interview Day: Monday, May 30, 2016 at Just Food Farm (2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa).

Positions are to start at the beginning of June.

General Requirements (for all positions):

  • Keen interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of sustainable food and/or farming systems and community-based initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently in an office environment.
  • Ability to use email, WordPress, database with contact information, Google Drive, social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and stakeholders in English (by phone and in person). Other languages considered an asset.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication skills.

Job Descriptions:

A) Savour Ottawa Culinary Tourism Assistant  

The Summer Experience Program student will be working on culinary tourism initiatives at Just Food, including coordination of Savour Ottawa events, such as Summer Tables. With the guidance of a supervisor, the student will be responsible for implementing the following tasks:

  • Develop and implement website and social media content for Savour Ottawa, including seasonal marketing materials for local food and culinary tourism opportunities (farmers’ markets, farm visits and tours, etc.).
    • Collect business information/stories/pictures from members for 2016-2017 promotions.
    • Develop Facebook and other social media platforms.
    • Coordinate volunteers to send in pictures/stories throughout the summer, including from farmers’ markets, food businesses, events.
    • Develop promotional options that link to members’ sites.
  • Organizing retail events with local producers and processors.
  • Support committee organizing Summer Tables.
  • Recruit new members for Savour Ottawa.
  • Work on developing tourism products to launch in 2017.

The student will interact with Savour Ottawa members (including farmers, food processors, restaurateurs, food retailers, and farmers’ markets) in coordinating events, developing marketing materials, and offering member support. They will also interact with the general public in order to distribute marketing information, promote events, and respond to public inquiries.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements):

  • Communications skills (interpersonal, written, online, public speaking, presentations, media releases).
  • Marketing skills (preference given to students with experience developing print and online materials).
  • Coordination and event planning skills.
  • Excellent English language skills are critical; French language skills are identified as an additional and important asset.

The position is within the ‘tourism’ sector as it provides marketing and communications, event development, and community engagement in the culinary and agri-tourism sector. The student will support product development and marketing; they will also develop and deliver tourism experiences that combine education, culture, recreation and entertainment.

About Savour Ottawa:

Savour Ottawa is a culinary tourism initiative that develops economic development opportunities for local agricultural and food businesses. We help market and promote Ottawa and the surrounding area as a year-round food and drink tourism destination. We also help verify local farmers, so that consumers buying local food can have assurance that they are supporting local farms. We also work with restaurant/food service and grocery store/retail members to ensure they are buying a minimum amount of local food from the local farmers that are members of the program. The program is now in its ninth year (we will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2017) and it has been recognized as one of the most successful buy local food initiatives in the province. The Savour Ottawa program is managed by Just Food, and is run in partnership with the City of Ottawa (Rural Affairs and Markets Management departments) and Ottawa Tourism.

B) Just Food Start-Up Farm Program Assistant

The Just Food Farm is a working farm in the NCC Greenbelt that currently houses a Start-Up Farm Program as well as long-term agricultural programs, community education and demonstration components on site. As part of this farm, Just Food offers access to land, equipment, and training to assist new farmers in the region in developing successful farm businesses. This position will support the further development of programs and community engagement at the farm site.
The position will include the following duties, under the supervision of Just Food staff:

  • Assist with development of farmer training program: compile resources, research and notes from first three years of program, conduct interviews with program participants.
  • Update website and social media content for Just Food Farm.
  • Organize and document systems for on-farm use of equipment.
  • Document and analyze evaluation results of farm programs for use in external communications.
  • Organize and promote an open house event at the farm for the general public.
  • Set up signage on site for educational purposes.
  • Conduct outreach to recruit new participants for the Start Up Farm Program, including an information session, print and online materials.
  • Assist with outreach and registration for educational workshops at the Just Food Farm on beekeeping, permaculture, organic agriculture, and other topics.
  • A small part of the position will be for direct support of field work, including grass-cutting, monitoring and documenting site conditions, etc.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements)

The ideal candidate will come with a variety of skills:

  • Research and program/curriculum development skills.
  • Coordination and event planning skills.
  • Communications skills (interpersonal and written).
  • Graphic design ability – to put together a poster for an event, signage on-farm, etc.
  • Ability and interest to perform outdoor field work (including grass-cutting on riding lawn-mower).

C) Just Food Communications Assistant

The Just Food Communications Assistant will support Just Food’s communications platforms and strategies, including the creation of new promotional and marketing materials for various Just Food programs.

With the guidance of a supervisor, the student will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Support and implement new content for Just Food’s new website and social media including the development of profiles for community gardens, farmers, and food businesses.
  • Promote ongoing and new Just Food programs and events.
  • Contribute to the creation of a communications plan and content for city-wide food related legacy project for Ottawa’s sesquicentennial celebrations.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Just Food’s database.
  • Assist day-to-day administration at Just Food when required.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements):

  • Ability to synthesize information effectively while designing messaging for promotional material.
  • Ability to use multiple media formats to design high-quality promotional content.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding design and formatting autonomously.
  • Graphic design skills.
  • Ability to use multiple communication channels in resourceful ways – print, online, through networks, etc.
  • Ability to work with volunteers to generate content.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • French language skills will be considered a strong asset within this position.

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