City Council declares 2022 as the Year of the Garden in Ottawa in time to celebrate 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Community Gardening Network

Today, City of Ottawa Council declared 2022 as the Year of the Garden in Ottawa, as part of Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022, organized by Gardens Canada, to celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture, and create important legacies for a sustainable future.

Click here to read the official Motion passed today by the City of Ottawa.

Every one of us at Just Food is thrilled to celebrate 2022 as both the Year of the Garden and Just Food’s 25th year of engagement and development in the community!

Community gardens were declared Essential Food Services at the height of the pandemic in April 2020 as they served to support food security and reduce social isolation, and gardens are increasingly recognized as being crucial components of socially equitable and ecologically sustainable communities. Gardens contribute innumerable benefits to individual and public health and wellbeing, and make for safer and more interconnected communities.

We encourage everyone to celebrate the Year of the Garden in your own community gardens, and we hope this gives your team good notice to think about how you may do so over the winter.

Many thanks to each and every one of you who continue to play such an important role in creating and maintaining the flourishing gardens that make up the growing mosaic of food and beauty across our communities!

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