A Community Food and Sustainable Agriculture Hub
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.
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
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. More information here.
The Wild Garden
The Wild Garden also offers educational walks and workshops on the edible and medicinal plants, growing in the local landscape.
Amber is an experienced forager, wildcrafter and gardener. Drawing on traditional techniques of tending the wild and permaculture design, Amber uses regenerative growing and harvesting methods with the goal of co-creating vibrant, healthy and diverse ecosystems.
Nanabush Food Forests
If “you are what you eat” then, you are Food, Personified. That is our motto at Nanabush Food Forests. How do we achieve that? We focus on creating nutrient rich soil. If you grow healthy soil all of its derivatives will benefit. Great food is simply a derivative of great soil. If you want highly nutritious and superbly delicious food, then you want food grown in great soil.
Better soil, better food, better people.
We have established non-certified organic food forests within the City of Ottawa with emphasis on permanent, sustainable agriculture. By design, gardening in these forests builds soil structure, uses less water and yields a dramatic amount of highly nutritious food per square meter. Our hope is that all people take the opportunity to look good, feel good and be good. Eat from our forest gardens!
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We named ourselves Team Nanabush several years ago, after visiting Petroglyphs Park and learning about the mythical and mischievous Nanabush, whose role was to teach man what foods in the forest were medicine.
For more information, visit www.nanabushfoodforests.com.
Inspired by a desire to consume less and be more self-reliant, Radical Homestead founders, Corrie and Ron, decided to challenge themselves to learn a new skill every week for one year. From kimchi to beekeeping, this experience transformed them, deepening their connection with the Earth, their food, and enhancing relationships with friends and family, and their surrounding community.
After keeping bees for a few years as a hobby, Corrie and Ron decided to expand their operation. They offer pure, unpasteurized honey and other bee related products.
They also offer a variety of workshops on beekeeping, fermented food, and herbalism.
Products: honey, jams and jellies, salves, and other bee related products, fermented foods and drinks. Organic (non-certified) beekeeping, non-pasteurized, wildflower bee yards.
Twigs Nursery: Native Trees and Edibles
Twigs Nursery is a small tree nursery in Ottawa, dedicated to growing native species of trees and shrubs from locally collected seed. Seedlings and saplings are sold in one-gallon to three-gallon nursery containers.
Stefan has a background in Environmental Science and a Master’s in International Agriculture and Rural Development. He has worked with native trees in tropical countries where he has been agricultural consulting for over two decades.
Twigs Nursery was founded by Catherine Copp, a former reforestation tree-planter and a Certified Tree Seed Collector, trained by Trees Ontario and certified by the Forest Gene Conservation Association.
Products: Twigs Nursery sells potted seedlings of native broadleaf trees, conifers and various shrubs. Field-grown and container-grown seedlings are available in 1-gallon to 3-gallon pot sizes, and heights ranging from 12” to 48”. All are grown from wild seed, collected in the local region.
Where to Buy: Green Thumb Garden Centre (17 Tristan Court, Nepean), and by appointment at Twigs Nursery.
Phone: 613 301 7830
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.
Where to Buy: We offer our product through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Phone : (613) 230-4663
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
KLEO Karen Community Farm
Farming is a way of life that is fundamental to the absolute well being of the Karen people, an ethnic minority who fled from Burma due to civil war, and were resettled by UNHCR in 2006 after living for more than a decade in refugee camps in northern Thailand. The Karen Farm provides Karen refugees in Ottawa, who have endured years of displacement, a place of comfort and sense of home, as well as a place to practice and adapt their farming skills and provide healthy fresh food for themselves and their community.
At the one acre plot at the Just Food Farm, elder Karen, with limited english language skills and employment prospects, are adapting their traditional farming methods and crops to the Canadian context, while sharing their knowledge and experience with Karen youth, reversing the generational imbalance that can exist when the young adapt to their new environment more quickly. Karen youth who work as interns and volunteers at the farm are exposed to their traditional heritage, plus the reality of farming in Canada and the possibility of pursuing it as a career. The Karen have also taught us about wild foods!
The farm sells its certified organic produce through weekly vegetable boxes in a CSA program which helps to offset costs. The farm is supported by volunteer drivers and record-keepers. The Karen community enjoys celebrations and feasts featuring their traditional foods such as Chin Baung (roselle), Mying Khwar (pennywort) and many ethnic brassicas.
The Karen farmers, working alongside KLEO and Just Food, have made this farm a great success story.
Contact: Erin O’Manique, Board Member of KLEO Support Group
We will announce new programs as they evolve though the Just Food Newsletter and the Blackburn Community Association website.