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: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/best_practises_for_vegetable_seed_grain_cleaning_workshop

For any questions please email seeds@justfood.ca

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 Communitygardening@justfood.ca

Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project Press Release

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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 : http://www.alimentationjuste.ca.

Le public peut se rendre sur le site www.justfood.ca/iem 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
shs.vicki@gmail.com

 

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 www.justfood.ca/soldiers-helping-soldiers to register and get more detail on how to participate with friendly technical tips on how to grow potatoes.

For more information:
Victoria Ryan
shs.vicki@gmail.com

 

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!

Workshop sponsored by:
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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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