Harvest Table Luncheon 2015

Savour Ottawa is pleased to announce the fifth annual Harvest Table will take place on Sunday, August 30th in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, beside the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Celebrate the local harvest with a multi-course, gourmet luncheon. Learn more or get your tickets at: http://so-justfood.nationbuilder.com/


September Farm Workshop Series

Interested in learning about Beekeeping, Growing Mushrooms or Wild and Medicinal Plants? Just Food will hold a series of three workshops in September, presented by some of our very own local producers at the farm. These workshops are open to the public, farmers, gardeners and anyone looking to gain new skills. No previous farm experience or knowledge is necessary. Bring your friends and come learn new, creative and tasty ways to appreciate local goods this fall! Registration is required. See below for schedule, registration and workshop descriptions.

*Please note*
Registration is now full for all three workshops. To be put on the waiting list, please send an email to startupfarm@justfood.ca with your name, email address, and indicate which workshops you would like to attend. Should there be any cancellations, we will contact those on the waiting list and invite them to attend the workshops. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you. 

Workshop Schedule

Saturday September 13th: Beekeeping with Ron St. Louis
Saturday September 20th: How to Grow Mushrooms with Shelly Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak
Saturday September 27th: Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants with Amber Westfall

Time: All workshops will take place from 10am to 12pm
Location: Just Food Farm, 2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa K1B 4Z3

Fees and Registration

One workshop: 10$
Special for all three workshops: 20$

Fees can be paid at the door in cash or cheque

Registration is required in advance. All workshops are currently full. To be put on the waiting list, please send an email to startupfarm@justfood.ca.

Workshop descriptions

Beekeeping with Ron St. Louis – Saturday September 13thRadical-Homestead-pic

Ron St. Louis of Radical Homestead will host an introduction on bees, their behaviors, and a quick overview of what’s involved in beekeeping. Weather permitting, we will open up some beehives to have a personal look inside. Watch the bees go about their business, identify honey, pollen, eggs/larvae/brood/bees, and maybe even spot the queen and taste some fresh honey!

For many years, Ron has found creative ways to reduce his consumption, become more self-reliant and deepen his connection with the Earth. With a Permaculture Design Certificate, Ron has developed many skills that allow him to make the most of nature’s riches. In addition to beekeeping, he is also passionate about home brewing beer and mead, cooking and food preservation.

How to Grow Mushrooms with Shelly Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak – Saturday September 20thblue_dove_oyster_mushroom

Are you interested in growing mushrooms at home?  Whether you are new to mushrooms, or already dabbling in the mushroom arts, this workshop will help you understand some key requirements to growing great mushrooms.  Shelley Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak from Nanabush Food Forests present some basic information about mushrooms, their requirements, growth patterns, nutritional profiles and solutions to some common problems home growers may face. The workshop will end with some hands-on activities to demonstrate how to create your own oyster mushroom kits, with the option to buy what you built at a discounted rate at the close of the workshop. If you love mushrooms, then plan to attend, as they will share some of their experience and passion about mushrooms.

Shelley and Lukasz are avid mushroom foragers and growers, as well as food lovers who focus on creating nutrient rich soil. They have established non-certified organic food forests within the City of Ottawa with emphasis on permanent, sustainable agriculture. Team Nanabush focuses on creating healthy soil for healthy food and healthy people.

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants with Amber Westfall – Saturday September 27thJulyGarden-003

Discover the wild edible and medicinal plants of Eastern Ontario. This walk will introduce participants to wild food and medicine through plant identification skills, ethical harvesting practices, as well as preparation and uses of a variety of wild plants. Herbalist, forager and farmer, when Amber Westfall is not in a patch of weeds somewhere, you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking up wild greens and herbal brews.

Through her business The Wild Garden, Amber provides community members with local and sustainably harvested wild foods and organically grown herbs. She also leads educational walks and workshops on wild edible and medicinal plants.

Public talk: Creating Native Pollinator Habitat, Aug 14

beePollination is not only essential for many of the foods and crops we rely on, it also plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of our natural ecosystems. Join pollination biologist Susan Chan to discuss the importance of native pollinators for food production, and in the broader context of conservation.

Susan will introduce participants to the native bees of Ontario and explain their importance. She will describe their behaviour and outline their habitat needs through photographs and stories. Learn simple tips for creating both foraging and nesting habitat in large or small spaces, and see examples of this work on several properties in east central Ontario.

Bio:  Susan Chan is an insect lover and an advocate for native bees in Ontario.  She holds a M.Sc. in Pollination Biology from the University of Guelph and speaks across Ontario on the subject of pollinator conservation in both farming and non-farming contexts. Susan is the Manager of the Native Pollinator Program at Farms at Work in Peterborough, Ontario.

When: Thursday August 14th. Doors open at 6:30, talk starts at 7 pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier
Admission: $10 at the door, no registration required.

Urban Agricultural Bike Tour

Just Food invites you to participate in the 8th Annual Urban Agricultural Bike Tour taking place on August 23, 2014. This tour aims to increase awareness and community support for the various community gardens we have in the city, create a dialogue with participants about the importance of food localism and accessibility and create a fun and family-friendly event for everyone.

When: Saturday August 23rd, 2014

Meeting location: Strathcona Park parking lot (off Range Road in Sandy Hill)

Meeting time: 10:00 am

5$ donation to the Food Bank or pay-what-you-can

The full route will run through six community gardens while a shorter, family-friendly route will run through four.

If you are interested in participating in or volunteering for the bike tour, please email Olivia at cgnintern@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 ext: 12.

Urban Agricultural Bike Tour

Children’s Gardening Activities

Just Food and the Community Gardening Network invites you to come get your hands dirty and learn about how far your food has travelled, composting and what role bees and insects play in your garden! Free interactive activities for children ages 6-12 will be offered at various community gardens across the city between July 21st and August 15th. The following community gardens will be hosting children’s animation events:

  • Overbrook Community Garden (Brookies Camp)-Friday July 11th at 3:00 pm
  • Trinity Church Community Garden –Tuesday July 22nd at 11:00 am
  • Daily Bread Community Garden (in Carp) – Thursday, July 24th at 10:30am
  • Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden (Bronson & Laurier) Saturday July 26th at 11:00 am
  • Friendship Community Garden (Donald St. apartments camp)- Thursday July 31st at 10:30am
  • Centre des services communautaires Vanier camps (École Horizon Jeunesse)- Thursday July 31st at 1:00pm

For more information on Just Food’s children’s animation or to find a community garden offering children’s activities near you, please contact Olivia at cgnintern@justfood.ca.

Workshop: Post Harvest Handling for Vegetable Producers

As part of our Start-Up Farm Program, Just Food offers a series of training workshops to all new and re-strategizing/transitioning farmers in the Ottawa region.

We are now taking registration for our upcoming  Post-Harvest Handling for Vegetable Producers workshop.  The workshop runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Just Food Farm on  Monday, June 23rd.

Additional information regarding workshop cost, presenters, and description can be found by clicking here.

To register for either workshop, email startupfarm@justfood.ca, or call (613) 699-6850 ext. 15.

Exploring Your Farm Dream – May 14 to June 25

Are you interested in starting your own farm business but aren’t sure where to start?

If this is the case, the “Exploring your Farm Dream” course is perfect for you.  Over a series of four evening sessions, learn about agricultural opportunities in the Ottawa region and what is required to start a farm business.  This course provides a structured, supportive process to help you flesh out your farm goals.

Take the first step towards your farm dream! Visit our Farmer Training page for more information or to register.

New: Food Work listing in the Ottawa Region

Just Food has partnered with www.Foodwork.ca to produce an up to date listing of food and farm work opportunities in the Ottawa region, which will be housed on Just Food’s website. The positions posted include paid jobs, volunteer positions and internships.

Click here to visit the page and see the positions.