2015 Farms List and Contact Information
The following farms operate at the Just Food Farm as part of our 2015 Start-Up Farm Program. Just Food Farm became certified organic through Ecocert in October 2014 and maintains this certification on a yearly basis.
The Just Food Farm is located in the Ottawa Greenbelt, 12 km east of Parliament Hill.
Beat Greens Garden
With a background in grassroots activism, collective organizing, and, more recently, organic farming, I aim to produce great food while also contributing to critical analyses of the social relations of food and farming.
I believe healthy food is a human right and should be accessible to all. This means:
1) Healthy food should be affordable to people from all income levels and life situations; and
2) People should have free access to the skills needed to produce their own food.
Follow this link to read a blog post about my thoughts on accessibility: http://ravenswingottawa.tumblr.com/post/119119977658/featured-blog-post-what-is-a-sliding-scale-and.
Products: Seedlings, 3 unique salad mixes, a wide variety of herbs & leafy greens, microgreens, heirloom varieties
Where to Buy: Market Organics (Byward Market), West End Well (Hintonburg), Il Negozio Nicastro (Glebe), and more.
Greg Link and Sonia Link
Greg, Sonia and their lil’ sprout Ishan are first year farmers in the Farm Start-up program. They, with the help of their family, have certainly established a family grown operation that strives to provide fresh, organic produce at market and through CSA. With a number of farming apprenticeships behind them, they are ready to go out on their own.
Products: This year Birch Hill Farm is growing a variety of mixed veggies: radishes, carrots, beets, kales, chard, lettuces, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and tomatoes.
Where to Buy: Carleton Place Farmers’ Market
Busy Beaver Farm
Christopher & Kimberly Bisson
Christopher and Kim are local Blackburn-ites that are among a growing number young millennial families on the leading edge of food production. BBF strives to demonstrate how a sustainable future is one where the thoughtful use of appropriate technology and traditional practices can be combined to serve the good of people and planet.
BBF takes its name from Eastern Ontario’s unsung hero: the might beaver! These incredible animals are the planet’s original ecological farmers and builders. In fact they are the ones who created the wetlands that resulted on the rich soils of our region.
The Bisson family has farmed for 400 years throughout the St. Lawrence Valley. The farm therefore brings the family back to their agricultural heritage by returning to a livelihood surrounded by food and nature. Large stock horses and sleds have been replaced by tractors and trucks, but they carry with them a true spirit of community and joie de vivre that their family has cultivated in their production of food since before they came to New France in the 17th Century.
BBF invites you to help take direct control of your food system and eat local and organic produce. They grow a mixed variety of organic vegetables focusing on developing gourmet-quality greens.
Products: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Chives, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumber, Dill, Garden Cress, Garlic, Eggplant, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Micro-Greens, Mustard Greens, Onions, Orach, Pak Choi, Parsley, Parsnip, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potato, Tatsoi, Tomatoes, Turnip, Zucchini
Where to Buy: BBF offers CSA boxes and will be selling the the Just Food Farm market stand on Sundays in Blackburn Hamlet.
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Melanie McLaughlin and Ianik Lacroix
My name is Melanie and I grew up on a small farm located in North Eastern Ontario and my husband, Ianik, also has farming and machinery experience in his background. We are both excited to be test croppers at the Just Food Farm this summer where we will be growing a variety of vegetables.
We care about how we grow our food and keeping our environment healthy is important in growing healthy plants, healthy people and a healthy economy. Our plan is to practice sustainable methods and to grow food without using pesticides or chemically treated products.
To us, growing food locally is an important part of history and a sustainable practice that we are excited to learn, be part of and share. All our vegetables are family grown, one root at a time.
Products: Mixed vegetables that are grown without using any chemicals, pesticides or treated seeds, while conserving water and electricity. They strive be as local as possible in their production and distribution.
Where to Buy: Just Food Farm Stand, or Email orders. Email, drop off location and order form available at www.ekorootfarm.com
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 : email@example.com
Happy Radish Farm
Jennifer Throop and Ryan Christie
Happy Radish Farm specializes in growing a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and herbs. Jenny and Ryan are passionate about growing food! Jenny has a background in horticulture and geography. She is attentive to the health of the plants, the soil, and the surrounding environment. Ryan is new to farming. He has a background in hard work, and tons of experience eating vegetables! He loves being out in the field, learning all about organic vegetable production.
Where to Buy: Happy Radish Farm sells their produce through CSA, weekly email orders, the farm stand at 2389 Pépin Court (Sunday’s 10-3), and will be attending Beechwood Market on occasion (Saturday’s 9-2).
Lisa Gualtieri and Justin Palmer
As a small-scale organic vegetable farm we strive to offer flavor, nutrition, diversity and sustainability. Our produce is grown with the greatest respect for natural systems without the use of chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. We enjoy offering our members the opportunity to be adventurous in their cooking and eating, and grow a diversity of tasty, healthy and unique cultivars, including many heirloom varieties. Located 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, we are dedicated to connecting people with their local food system and are more than happy to host visitors or eager volunteers! We offer CSA boxes and sell at the Just Food farm stand in Blackburn Hamlet.
Products: Beans, beets, bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, salad greens, garlic, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, microgreens, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, summer squash, rutabaga, winter squash, swiss chard, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, and zucchini.
We are currently in transition to certified organic, GMO free, no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, using heirloom seed.
Where to Buy: We are offering a CSA for the 2014 summer/fall season and our produce will also be available through Just Food Farm Gate Stand.
Mediterra Market Garden
Mete is eager to explore the connections among global food cultures, traditional agricultural methods and urban farming practices. At the Mediterra Market Garden he tests a variety of crops and aims to build a practical knowledge base for the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable and delicious food.
Products: A wide variety of vegetables, legumes, herbs and greens with a particular focus on produce used in Mediterranean cuisine.
Where to Buy: Place an e-mail order or check out the stand at Just Food Farm Gate.
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!
Best personal regards,
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
Hi, I’m Catherine Copp and this will be my second year operating Twigs Nursery at the Just Food Farm.
I grow native species of trees from seed I collect in the wild. I have three years of experience as a reforestation tree-planter. In 2012, I was trained and certified as a Tree Seed Collector by the Ministry of Natural Resources (Trees Ontario). I collect tree seed for the MNR seed bank in Angus, Ontario. In my first year as a test-cropper on the Just Food Farm, I learned about field-growing, and my nursery obtained organic certification through EcoCert. This year, my goals are to establish more accessible sales locations for my customers, to incorporate edible green shade into my overall field-growing plan, and to continue pioneering sustainable, organic techniques for small-scale tree production. My seedlings and saplings are potted for sale and can be planted at any time in the growing season, but the cooler seasons of Spring and Fall are best for planting trees, when root development is naturally occurring and rainfall is greater.
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) 252-9054
Van Vliet Horticulture
Daniel Van Vliet
Van Vliet Horticulture, owned by Daniel Van Vliet, is a producer of fresh organic vegetables including tomatoes, lettuce, onions, garlic, shallots, peppers, lettuce, greens herbs, cut flowers and more. Daniel is a graduate of the Environmental Studies program at Carleton University and will be building on previous experience working in greenhouses, floriculture and market gardens to bring fresh high quality products to the Ottawa consumer market.
Where to Buy: Just Food Farm Gate Stand & Main Street Farmers Market
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.
Past Start-Up Farms
Randi Townsend & Sarah Lawrance
With backgrounds in grassroots activism and collective organizing, as well as farming and gardening, we are committed to exposing the structural roots of food injustice. Through our farming practices and community-building initiatives, we hope to highlight and contribute to critical analyses of the social relations of food and farming.
We believe food is a human right and should be safe and accessible to all. Accordingly, we sell our produce and seedlings based on a sliding price scale in select locations, and we gladly provide growing advice to help our communities build their own food security.
Products: non-certified organic seedlings, mixed vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Where to Buy: Available at the Red Apron, Market Organics, West End Well, and the Just Food Farm Gate stand.
C & L Gardens
Lisa Holland & Caroline Quintal
With agriculture degrees in their back pockets and a great passion for growing food, Caroline and Lisa are working together this summer to produce delicious fruits and vegetables. But it wasn’t farming that brought these two ‘Aggies’ together; it was actually their office jobs that allowed them to discover they both had dreams of being farmers! So, on a quarter acre of land found at the Just Food Farm, they will be producing food in a sustainable way. In doing so, they will be working with the land to produce healthy food that even they can’t wait to harvest, taste and share!
Come discover a variety of vegetables, a few fruits and mostly the love and appreciation for vegetable agriculture!
Products: Lisa and Caroline produce non-certified organic mixed vegetables and some fruit.
Where To Buy: at the Just Food Farm Gate Stand and order by email.
Goddard Id Farm
Jeremy Foss is a fourth year farmer and proprietor of Goddard Id Farm. The farm is located inside the Greenbelt and will be providing weekly CSA boxes to customers in Ottawa. He will be growing over 100 different varieties of vegetables this year.
Jeremy has been involved with local food and other sustainability initiatives for many years. He decided to begin farming while looking for practical applications for an environmental planning diploma. The philosophical idea behind Goddard Id Farm is that providing high quality, local produce is an excellent way of reconnecting people with their food and the land on which it is grown. This re-connection between people, food and land will then serve as a launch pad to stimulate broader interest in other aspects of sustainable development.
Where to Buy: CSA boxes, Just Food Farm Gate Stand
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GoddardIdFarm.
Sudhir Kodati and Mete Pamir
With backgrounds in development economics and social justice activism, we aim to facilitate cross-cultural learning in regards to food production and build connections between historical food cultures and agricultural methods across borders.
Tillers’ Haven is a meeting place for knowledge-sharing networks between diverse Ottawa communities and global food traditions with a vision to engage its customers in the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable and delicious food.
Products: Sudhir and Mete specialize in non-certified organic production of a wide variety of vegetables, legumes, herbs and greens with particular focus on Mediterranean and South Asian cuisines.
Where To Buy: Sign up for their weekly CSA, place an e-mail order or check out their produce at the Just Food Farm Gate Stand.
Contact: Phone: 613.596.9933 (Sudhir) or 613.726.7597 (Mete)
Follow the farm news at http://www.facebook.com/tillershaven
Start-Up Farmers in the Media
- City folk can try farming thanks to new program: Apt 613, October 19 2013
- Cultiver pour la diversité culturelle: Journal Agricom, October 11 2013
- City boy starts a farm: Farmers Forum, October 2013
- Just Food Farm – GreenLivingOttawa.com, September 18 2013
- Farm takes root in Blackburn Hamlet – Ottawa Community News, Sept 19 2013
- You too can learn to farm organically here in Ottawa – CBC Radio, Ottawa Morning, September 5 2013
- Farm fresh – in the city: Program plots out a future for fresh urban harvest – Ottawa Citizen, September 4 2013
- Public Servant by Day, Farmer by Night – iPolitics.ca, August 5 2013
- New program offers low-risk intro to farming – CBC News, June 23 2013
- Red Apron partners with Barefoot Gardens – April 2013