A Community Food and Sustainable Agriculture Hub
The Just Food Farm promotes:
- a healthy local food economy with access to food for all, serving the growing demand for locally produced products
- a vibrant and economically viable farming sector
- a cost-effective model of conservation and land stewardship that builds on scientifically based agro-ecological practices
Started in 2012, the Just Food Farm is where people and projects come together to model and inspire small-scale, viable agriculture businesses and initiatives in the Ottawa region. Based on a farmstead in the Ottawa Greenbelt on the west side of Blackburn Hamlet, the Just Food Farm is ideally situated on the #94 bus route and bike paths, with a unique network of pathways that make exploring the varied activities a pleasure. It is between a residential area and the ecologically protected Green’s Creek so that we can demonstrate that agriculture can flourish in both of these contexts. The site of the old NCC tree nursery, we are maintaining the windbreaks and will introduce edible trees, maintaining the beauty of the area.
Featured programs include:
The Start-Up Farm Program provides access to land, training, and shared infrastructure and equipment, within a mutually supportive and ecologically sustainable environment. We also provide training and supports to new and established producers throughout the Ottawa region.
Students learn about food and farming at Just Food Farm:
Other projects include:
We will announce new programs as they evolve though the Just Food Newsletter and the Blackburn Community Association website.