Just Food delivers an annual workshop series that parallels the growing season. All workshops (except for the “How to Start a Community Garden workshop) are $10.00 or pay-what-you-can.
How to Start a Community Garden
If you are interested in starting a garden in your neighbourhood, be sure to attend this FREE workshop where you will learn the steps involved in starting a community garden, the supports available, and much more.
It can take up to a year (or more) to get a Community Garden started in a neighbourhood. If you are interested in starting a garden in your community, be sure to attend one of our free “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop where 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.
Please contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-699-6850 x12 to reserve your spot for the next workshop.
Garden Skills Workshops
Starting in the spring with our most basic, Beginner Level Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop, this workshop teaches the basics in growing, without the use of pesticides or herbicides, common variety vegetables in the Ottawa region. This workshop is typically offered between mid-April to late-May at various locations around the City.
We also offer other early season workshops. Square Foot Gardening, Nautral Pest Control, and Herbal Tips & Tricks: Incorporating Healing Plants into your Garden are other workshops that we typically plan for the spring.
A Seed Saving Workshop is offered in late-summer. This workshop teaches you how to save seeds from your favourite vegetable varieties from year-to-year.
We are able to find presenters for a variety of topics that may be of interest to you. If you are interested in a topic not listed here just be in touch with the CGN coordinator.
Food Preservation Workshops
Once you have purchased food from the markets and farms listed in our Buy Local Grow Local Food Guide, or harvested your own food from your home, community garden or farm, how do you make it last into the winter?
Each year we offer food preservation workshops to introduce a range of topics including canning, freezing, drying and storing. So many of us have lost the skills that our parents and grandparents might once have had to preserve food into the winter months. Preserving food allows us to extend the season for eating local, fresh foods.
Workshops are located throughout the city in either the spring (Making Jam) and/or autumn (Canning Salsa) are typically offered. We also have done workshop on Cold Storage for Fruits and Vegetables over the winter.
If you would like to:
- participate in a workshop
- help organize a workshop in your neighbourhood or workplace (we will provide the trained facilitators)
- train to become a workshop facilitator (training provided for free)
then contact the Community Gardening Network Coordinator.
We would like to thank Bernardin, who has partnered with Just Food over the years by donating canning tool kits and recipe books to this community initiative.