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!

Jam Making Workshop 2015

Jam Making is an excellent skill to have, turning your fruits into a wonderful jam. Perfect to spread on your morning toast! Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a Jam Making Workshop to learn the basics of jam making and enjoy one of the many things you can do with fruits.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: August 25th, 2015 | 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: 2850 Cedarwood Drive
To Register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot.

For more information, view the Jam Making Workshop 2015 poster.

Tomato Preservation Workshop 2015

Food Preservation is a useful skill to save the harvest and to save money. Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a tomato preservation workshop to learn the basics of food preservation and enjoy nature’s bounty throughout the year.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: September 9th, 2015 | 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: 464 Metcalfe Street
To register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot.

For more information, view the Tomato Preservation Workshop 2015 poster.

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Pickle Making Workshop 2015

Pickling, not only good for pickles but many different vegetables. Perfect to cut it up and add it to your burger or any dish of choice! Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a Pickling Workshop to learn the basics of pickling.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver of the Breakfast Club of Canada.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: September 14th, 2015 | 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Centretown’s Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street
To Register: Contact Centretown’s Community Health Promotions Team at 613-233-4443 x 2108

For more information, view the Pickling Workshop 2015 poster.

Seed Saving Workshop 2015

Seed Saving is a way to ensure that our food supply is not reliant on a small selection of crop varieties that can lead to vulnerability to disease, pests, and changes in climate.

The practice of seed saving and sharing, seen as a hobby to some, promotes genetic diversity of crops and overall food security. Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a seed saving instructional workshop to learn more about this traditional practice.

This workshop, facilitated by Greta Kryger of Greta’s Organic Gardens

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: August 27th 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Lowertown Community Resource Center, 40 Cobourg Street

When: September 3rd 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Trinity Church, 480 Avalon Place

To register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot for either workshop.

These workshops cost $10.00 or pay what you.

For more information, view the Seed Saving Workshop 2015 poster.

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Just Food Farm Announcement

Just Food and the NCC announced a 25 year lease for the Just Food Farm that contributes to building a sustainable food system in Ottawa for many years to come.

Click here to see photos of the announcement event.

To learn more about the Just Food Farm and the Start-up Farm Project click here.

2015 is the year of the soil! With this we are looking to upgrade our soil on the farm to turn it back into a working farm. Click here to find out how you can help.

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