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 info@justfood.ca 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.

Download a pdf of this page here.

Gardening Workshops with the Ottawa Public Library

Just Food, the Community Gardening Network, and the Ottawa Public Library are working together to promote food literacy! Here are some of the upcoming gardening workshops. More workshops will be added throughout the season! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration information.

 

June Offerings:

Natural Pest Control and Companion Planting with Robert Danforth

This workshop will cover natural pest control for organic herb and vegetable plots and containers.  Encouraging the helpful and managing the hurtful (bugs, animals, fungus, bacteria, etc.) must be part of garden design and maintenance.

  • When: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Orléans Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1Tq0bNd

Adventures in Gardening With Edible Perennials with Sarah Levesque-Walker

In this two hour workshop both novices and more experienced gardeners can learn about some of the delicious, interesting, and unexpected edible perennials that can be grown and enjoyed in the Ottawa area.  From fruits to roots and vegetables, we’ll discuss selection, design, care, and troubleshooting.  To conclude, there will be an introduction to forest gardening- the art of mimicking wild ecosystems in order to meet human needs.

  • When: Tuesday, June 7th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Rosemount Branch, 18 Rosemount
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1Wbqtdg

Herbal Tips & Tricks with Amber Westfall

A workshop that highlights the benefits of specific plants, such as Calendula, herbs, and many more, as well as the different ways they can be used/grown.

  • When: Wednesday, June 8th, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
  • Where: St-Lauren Branch,  515 Côté St.
  • Registration:  http://bit.ly/1ZxtOB3

Food Preservation with Terri O’Neil

Learn the art of Hot Water Bath canning with Master Preserver Terri O’Neill!

  • When: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Nepean Centrepointe Branch, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1TjezXX

Container Gardening with Lana Doss

Short on space, but keen to garden? Lana will talk about how to get your container garden up & running for this season!

  • When: Monday, June 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Carlingwood Branch, 281 Woodroffe Ave.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1N3rBfN

Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening with David Hinks

This is an introductory workshop where you will learn about the climate and soils of Ottawa, which vegetables grow best here, and how to grow them.

  • When: Wednesday, June 15th, 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
  • Where: Cumberland Branch, 1599 Tenth Line Rd.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1VWPTuX

Natural Pest Control with Mike Bernard

This workshop will cover natural pest control for organic herb and vegetable plots and containers.  Encouraging the helpful and managing the hurtful (bugs, animals, fungus, bacteria, etc.) must be part of garden design and maintenance.

  • When: Thursday, June 16th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Osgoode Branch, 5630 Osgoode Main St.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1TpPaeM

Container Gardening with Lana Doss

Short on space, but keen to garden? Lana will talk about how to get your container garden up & running for this season!

  • When: Saturday, June 18th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: North Gloucester Branch, 2036 Ogilvie Rd.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1XXfXmZ

Seed Saving with Kate Green

Getting started so you have seeds forever!

Even if you only have one plant or a small mixed vegetable garden, you can save seeds!  There are some basic tips to this age-old practice to help you have good harvests year after year – and be self sufficient.

This will be an introductory workshop led by Kate Green, from Seeds of Diversity Canada (Seeds.ca). She have been a seed saver for a while and training on seed saving for about 6 years. Bring your interests, questions and be ready for an active evening as well – we will get right into it!

  • When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Carp Branch, 3911 Carp Rd.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1WtsT5c

Seed Saving with Kate Green

Getting started so you have seeds forever!

Even if you only have one plant or a small mixed vegetable garden, you can save seeds!  There are some basic tips to this age-old practice to help you have good harvests year after year – and be self sufficient.

This will be an introductory workshop led by Kate Green, from Seeds of Diversity Canada (Seeds.ca). She have been a seed saver for a while and training on seed saving for about 6 years. Bring your interests, questions and be ready for an active evening as well – we will get right into it!

  • When: Thursday, June 23rd, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Bank St.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/21hNDxw

Food Preservation with Terri O’Neil

Learn the art of Hot Water Bath canning with Master Preserver Terri O’Neill!

  • When: Tuesday, June 28th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hazeldean Branch, 50 Castelfrank Dr.
  • Registration: http://bit.ly/1Y98pxs

Spring Workshops with the Community Garden Network

Here are some of the upcoming spring gardening workshops happening across Ottawa through the Community Garden Network. More workshops will be added throughout the season! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration information.

April Offerings:

Natural Pest Control and Companion Planting with Robert Danforth

This workshop will cover natural pest control for organic herb and vegetable plots and containers.  Encouraging the helpful and managing the hurtful (bugs, animals, fungus, bacteria, etc.) must be part of garden design and maintenance.

  • When: Monday, April 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dempsey Community Centre, 1895 Russell Rd., Room 1
  • To register, please contact: Dempsey Community Centre at 613-247-4846

Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening with David Hinks

This is an introductory workshop where you will learn about the climate and soils of Ottawa, which vegetables grow best here, and how to grow them.

  • When: Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2500 Campeau Dr., Room B
  • To register, please contact: sustainkanatanorth@envirocentre.ca. Note that although registration is not necessary, it is encouraged.

May Offerings:

Seed Saving with Kate Green

Getting started so you have seeds forever!

Even if you only have one plant or a small mixed vegetable garden, you can save seeds!  There are some basic tips to this age-old practice to help you have good harvests year after year – and be self sufficient.

This will be an introductory workshop led by Kate Green, from Seeds of Diversity Canada (Seeds.ca). She have been a seed saver for a while and training on seed saving for about 6 years. Bring your interests, questions and be ready for an active evening as well – we will get right into it!

Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening with David Hinks

This is an introductory workshop where you will learn about the climate and soils of Ottawa, which vegetables grow best here, and how to grow them.

Permaculture 101 with Tom Marcantino

Learn the basics of permaculture design in this introductory workshop.

  • When: Thursday, May 19th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Bayshore Park Field House, 175 Woodridge Cres.
  • To register, please contact: Just Food at communitygardening@justfood.ca or 613-699-6850 x12

Herbal Tips & Tricks with Amber Westfall

A workshop that highlights the benefits of specific plants, such as Calendula, herbs, and many more, as well as the different ways they can be used/grown.

  • When: Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 480 Avalon Pl.
  • To register, please contact: trinity.garden@rogers.com 

Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening with David Hinks

This is an introductory workshop where you will learn about the climate and soils of Ottawa, which vegetables grow best here, and how to grow them.

  • When: Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 480 Avalon Pl.
  • To register, please contact: trinity.garden@rogers.com

Edible Perennials with Telsing Andrews

Break free from convention and find out about the world of edible perennials.  It’s bigger than herbs, fruits and the odd vegetable. Some have been forgotten and are hiding in plain sight in many people’s ornamental garden.

  • When: Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2500 Campeau Dr., Room A
  • To register, please contact: sustainkanatanorth@envirocentre.ca. Note that although registration is not necessary, it is encouraged.

Herbal Tips & Tricks with Corrie Rabbe

Corrie Rabbe, local bee keeper and herbalist of Radical Homestead, will talk about the basics of healing plants, their benefits, and easy ways to incorporate them into your life. 

  • When: Sunday, May 29th, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair at the south east corner of Minto Park
  • Registration is not necessary; the fair runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to: Ravenswing Ottawa

Natural Pest Control and Companion Planting with Robert Danforth

This workshop will cover natural pest control for organic herb and vegetable plots and containers.  Encouraging the helpful and managing the hurtful (bugs, animals, fungus, bacteria, etc.) must be part of garden design and maintenance.

  • When: Tuesday, May 31st, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Bayshore Park Field House, 175 Woodridge Cres.
  • To register, please contact: Just Food at communitygardening@justfood.ca or 613-699-6850 x12

June Offerings:

Natural Pest Control and Companion Planting with Robert Danforth

This workshop will cover natural pest control for organic herb and vegetable plots and containers.  Encouraging the helpful and managing the hurtful (bugs, animals, fungus, bacteria, etc.) must be part of garden design and maintenance.

  • When: Thursday, June 9th. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2500 Campeau Dr., Room A
  • To register, please contact: sustainkanatanorth@envirocentre.ca. Note that although registration is not necessary, it is encouraged.

Seedy Saturday *Including Seed Library Workshop* – March 5th

Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday is primarily a seed sale and exchange, however businesses and associations of an organic, horticultural or ecological nature are also attending.
There will balks about seed saving, seed libraries, gardening and more.

Where:  Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Brittania Beach, 102 Greenview Ave.
When: 
Saturday March 5th 10:00 – 3:00 PM

Workshop Schedule:
10:30 Ottawa 2025  – Presented by Tom Marcantonio
11:30 The Vacation Garden – Presented by James Thompson
12:30 Edible Design from home to community scale – Presented by Telsing Andrews.
13:30 Starting a seed library in Ottawa – Presented by Kate Green (more info below)

For more information please contact Greta Kryger at Greta@seeds-organic.com or 613-521-8648.

Seed Library Workshop **At Seedy Saturday**

Much like a regular library, where books are used and shared, seed libraries are a way for local communities to share and exchange, use and learn about plants that thrive in Eastern Ontario.

Hundreds of seed libraries have opened and are running across North America, and Ottawa is ready to grow some of our own.

The workshop at Seedy Saturday will be conducted by Kate Green of Seeds of Diversity, in partnership with Just Food. Participants will learn the basics of how seed libraries work, and how seed libraries could get started in your community.  Bring your interest and your ideas!

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Workshops: Ecological Seed Production – March 4

Learn from Greta Kryger, of Greta’s Organic Garden and Bob Wildfong, Executive Director of Seeds of Diversity Canada, at this daylong intensive on ecological seed production.  Bob and Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of seed production as well as more advanced topics on seed production such as crop spacing and planting times, managing isolation distances, rogueing and selection strategies, harvesting and cleaning seed, and maintaining good seed quality for all market garden vegetable crops.  This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to grow high quality ecological seed for market gardens.

When: Friday March 4 2016 9:30 – 3:00
Where:
Ottawa, Exact location provided upon registering
Cost: $25

Register by emailing us at seeds@justfood.ca

 

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Community Garden Development Fund 2016 – **Now Taking Applications**

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The Community Gardening Network is pleased to announce that the 2016 Community Garden Development Fund (CGDF) will now be receiving applications.

Interested parties can find information on the CGN here and can find information specifically on the CGDF criteria and application on the CGDF page.

The application deadline is February 22nd 2016 at 10:00 AM

For any inquiries related to the CGDF you can reach Jordan Bouchard by email at communitygardening@justfood.ca or by calling (613) 699-6850 x12

 

 

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Le Réseau du jardinage communautaire est heureux d’annoncer que le Fonds de développement des jardins communautaires (FDJC) est prêt à recevoir les demandes pour 2016.

Les parties intéressées peuvent trouver ici de l’information sur le RJC. Pour toute information sur les critères et les demandes au FDJC, consulter la page du FDJC.  

Vous avez jusqu’à 10 h le 22 février 2016 pour faire une demande.

Pour toute demande d’information sur le FDJC, communiquer avec moi par courriel à communitygardening@justfood.ca ou par téléphone au (613) 699-6850, poste 12

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop 2016

The deadline to apply for the Community Garden Development Fund is February 22nd 2016, be sure to attend this workshop, a requirement to access the Community Garden Development Fund, before then!  These are your last chances to do so.

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!

Each of these workshops will also feature a tutorial on how to apply for the Community garden Development Fund.  More information on the CGDF can be found here

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

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

Thursday January 7th 5:30 -8:30
Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road

Tuesday January 19th 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Lowertown Community Resource Centre, 40 Cobourg St.

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.

 

Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting – October 15

Just Food’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Thursday, October 15, from 6-8 p.m., at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, at 233 Gilmour Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM – members, partners, public. However, you must be an active member to be able to vote so please ensure that your membership is up to date. You can do so here.

Not a member yet? You need to become a member by Tuesday, September 15 to vote at this October 15 meeting, including electing the new Board of Directors. Information on our bylaws and how to become a member can be found here.

If you have any resolutions you would like to bring forward at the meeting, you must submit them to the board by Friday, September 25, so they can be circulated to the members at least 15 days before the meeting (See Article 16 on the link above). Please submit to board@justfood.ca.

Join our Board of Directors – deadline September 20

Just Food seeks volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors

Just Food seeks volunteers, including a volunteer Treasurer, to serve on the Board of Directors (terms are typically 3 years in duration).

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds, and in this call, we are explicitly looking for a maximum of three candidates, including:

  • a Treasurer, ideally with experience in financial oversight for small, non-profit organizations, and with a collaborative spirit to help build a community-based organization. (Familiarity with QuickBooks an asset.) As a part of the Executive Committee, the Treasurer meets with the Chair, Secretary and Executive Director on a bi-monthly basis, alternating with bi-monthly meetings of the full Board.

Other expertise we are looking for:

  • Fundraising experience
  • Knowledge and expertise regarding food access among low-income communities

Just Food is led by a volunteer Board of Directors (“the Board”). We are a working Board with the mandate to determine Just Food’s mission and policies, provide strategic direction and oversight of its activities, and ensure organizational accountability, in order to support our staff who manage and perform the operations of the organization. Please read the Just Food Policies and Procedures for detailed information on the role and responsibilities of Directors.

 All Board members must have:

  • Commitment to Just Food’s goals and values;
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 6 hours per month to Just Food (more for Executive Committee members);
  • Knowledge of local context (important); and,
  • Experience in community-based non-profit organizational management.

Ideally, the new members will also have:

  • Food system issues knowledge/analysis (desirable); and,
  • Background in one or another of Just Food areas of work.

Interested? Please send us a paragraph (maximum 350 words) introducing yourself and your experience, and telling us why you think you could make a positive contribution as one of Just Food’s Board of Directors, to Patricia.Ballamingie@carleton.ca by September 20, 2015.

Be sure to create the subject line: Just Food Board of Directors – Expression of Interest. All interested parties will be contacted. The selected candidates would then be presented to Just Food members for election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting this fall, 2015. We look forward to hearing from you!