July 2017 Newsletter

Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How To Start A Community Garden 

2. Aug 9 |2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session 

3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair 

4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm 

5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree 

6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop 

7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop


Other Community News and Events


8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Festival

9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 


Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How to Start A Community Garden

Join us on August 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 for a free workshop, “How to Start a Community Garden” at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre. 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! Save your spot, register today! 

To register: communitygardening@justfood.ca


2. Aug 9 | 2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session

Are you interested in being a farmer? Intrigued by the diverse possibilities of agriculture in the Ottawa region? Learn more about Just Food and its 2018 Start-Up Farm Program at our first Information Session, August 9, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blackburn Hamlet branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Just Food launched its Start-Up Farm Program in 2013 to promote farming and careers in agriculture as viable options. The Start-Up Farm program offers workshops and meetings on organic certification, crop planting, marketing and sales, irrigation, farm safety and equipment use, and business planning—and many more—over the course of the year. The program also offers participants an option to access land, shared equipment, and training to help support new farmers and to lower the risk as they enter the industry. You can also book an appointment with Just Food to discuss a partner project at the farm.

There are a limited number of bursaries and loans for select participants. Applicants must have some agricultural experience and are encouraged to have a specific direction to pursue for their farm. If you are ready to get started farming, attend the information session August 9 to see how you can benefit from Just Food’s Start Up Farm Program.

Register today!

For more information, contact info@justfood.ca 


3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair

Navan Fair
Date: Aug 10th-13th
Location: 1279 Colonial Rd, Navan, ON

At the Navan Fair, come see live performances from artists such as Road Hammers, the demolition derby, animals, the truck and tractor pull, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Capital Fair
Date: Aug 18th-27th
Location: 4837 Albion Rd, Gloucester, ON

Home to Ottawa’s largest midway, the Capital Fair is fun for the whole family. The Capital Fair offers free events such as the Museum of Agriculture, Fair Fun Food, and Monster Show.
Click here for more information.

Richmond Fair  
Date: September 14th – 17th
Location: 6107 Perth St, Richmond, ON

While promoting agriculture awareness, the 173rd Richmond Fair, also offers events such as the demolition derby, lawn tractor pull, and live entertainment.
Click here for more information.

Carp Fair
Date: September 21st – 24th
Location: 3790 Carp Rd. Carp, ON

At the 154th Carp Fair, entertainment includes country music star Brett Kissel, horse shows, a petting zoo, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Metcalfe Fair
Date: September 28th – October 1st
Location: 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe.

At the 161st Metcalfe Fair, see events such as the classic car show, fiddling, step dancing and a midway.
Click here for more information.


4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm

Calling all gardeners! Are you a member of a community garden or is gardening a passion of yours? We are looking for super gardeners to join us in planning and coordinating work on 1/4 acre garden and help ensure a successful season! All proceeds of our Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row garden are being donated to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard and are a part of our New Roots program which introduces New Canadian farmers to Canadian soil.  If you have an hour or two on a weekly basis that you can commit to assisting the team, please contact Christine at administration@justfood.ca.


5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree

Are you proud of your garden? How about that edible tree you’re about to harvest? We want to celebrate the amazing gardens, edible trees and the folks behind them! Share your photos and selfies on Facebook, Instagram and/orr Twitter and make sure to use the hashtags #613gardenselfie | #613myedibletree to be a part of celebrating Ottawa’s awesome gardening community.  We can’t wait to see your plants!


6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop




7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop

So you’ve figured out how to produce good quality seed, but now how do you clean it so that it looks like it does in a seed pack?  Join us on September 30 from 10:00 – 1:00 at Greta’s Organic Gardens and learn how to clean vegetable seed from resident expert Greta Kryger. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale.  This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot. Save your spot. Register today!



Other Community News and Events


8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Celebration

Just Food will be hosting a table at this event!



9. Tour: Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — Kinburn & Cobden

Join us for a detailed tour of two sites with two local authors.  We’ll start the day with a quick intro on “what is permaculture?”.  Our tour will visit Kula Permaculture Farm and Aster Lane Edibles.  Cost: $59, includes HST.  Click here for more information.

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Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


Start-up Farm Program

Just Food established the Start-Up Farm Program to support new farmers in the Ottawa region. By offering access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training, the program aims to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

> Read More about Just Food’s Start-up Farm program