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:
Operation Come Home: FarmWorks
FarmWorks is a social enterprise at Operation Come Home, which offers at-risk, street-involved and homeless youth the opportunity to develop employment skills within the agriculture industry. It also provides a safe workplace environment and social supports to ensure youth success. FarmWorks currently employs six youth throughout the summer and provides training in food, farming, and agriculture. The team of youth works alongside our farmer and social support staff to provide 26 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members with fresh produce over an 18-week period. FarmWorks’ goal is to provide youth with a range of skills leading to future employment within the field and to continue personal and professional development throughout their FarmWorks experience.
Products: Mixed vegetables and herbs. Transitioning to Certified Organic production.
Where to Buy: We offer our product through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA members can purchase 18-week period shares of produce.
Phone : (613) 230-4663
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
KLEO Karen Community Farm
Karen farmers, originally from Thailand, lost everything when they were forced to relocate. The organization KLEO has given Karen farmers the opportunity to use their knowledge of farming in Canada, and have a piece of land they can call their own.
The Karen people farm high in the mountains in Thailand and Burma using traditional farming methods handed down for generation to generation. Now, in Ottawa they are using those skills to grow high-quality produce. Their methods are chemical free, as respect for the land is of prime importance in Karen culture. Karen farmers take great pride in growing food and preserving the land.
KLEO has formed a farm team to help the farmers weed through North American techniques of crop planning, planting intervals, translating and liaising with produce outlet, and with the enormous amount of paperwork required. The Karen farmers, working alongside KLEO and Just Food, have made this farm a great success story.
We will announce new programs as they evolve though the Just Food Newsletter and the Blackburn Community Association website.