Farm-specific Value-add Training

Starting in March we will offer a training series Adding Value to your Farm with sessions including:

  • Adding a commercial kitchen component onto the farm;
  • Equipment options in Ottawa Kitchen for farmers; 
  • Sourcing local food products for food businesses

Keep an eye on this space for the latest updates and details on dates, trainers, and pricing.

New Farmer Training

Training Series for New Farmers: Vegetable Production 

Starting Tuesday, February 2 we are offering a 12-session series of online workshops for new farmers, focused on vegetable production and covering a diverse set of topics to start (or enhance) your farm enterprise. The training series will not be recorded, attendance is ‘live’ only.

When: February 2 – April 24 (see full calendar below), mostly Tuesday / Thursday evenings 6-9 pm

Where: Online via Zoom
Pre-requisites: None
Language: English 
Cost: 12 workshops plus a review of your farm enterprise plan for $500 
(Some subsidized spots for those with serious financial barriers)
To take one to three workshops contact Carmen (working Wed-Fri) through

For questions or more information contact:

To register, please send an email with your contact information to Carmen (works Wed-Fri) at and e-transfer the workshop fee ($500) to

Mat Levinson – Capital Greens
Phil Mount – Flat Earth Farm
Dan Van Vliet – Van Vliet Horticulture
Simon Neufeld, MSc, CCA – Chief Agronomist, Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc.
Moe Garahan – Just Food Community Farm+ Guest trainers 

Full 2021 Calendar – Training Series for New Farmers: Vegetable Production 

1. Tuesday, February 2 (6-9 PM)
Organic certification and record-keeping 

2. Tuesday, February 9 (6-9 PM) 
Crop planning and production (includes organic record-keeping, planning for pest control)

3. Thursday, February 11 (6-9 PM)
Introduction to Farm Business Planning (includes CSA model)

4. Tuesday, February 16 (6-9 PM) 
Best practices for Starts and Transplanting; Equipment / irrigation supplies and sourcing

5. Thursday, Feb 18 (6-9 PM)
Marketing, pricing and sales

6. Tuesday, Feb 23  (6-9 PM)
Accessing Land; Land tenure agreements

7. Thursday, Feb 25 (6-9 PM)
Soil fertility through organic production practices

8. Tuesday, March 2 (6-9 PM)
Financial Planning, Investment Strategies and Farm Taxes

9. Tuesday, March 9 (6-9 PM)
Intensive vegetable production techniques (including pest control)

10. Tuesday, March 23 (6-9 PM) 
Post-harvest handling

11. Tuesday, March 30 (6-9 PM)
Farm Safety

12. Saturday, April 24 – 10-3 
Small-scale farm infrastructure & equipment use – on site at Just Food Community Farm 

Start-Up Farm Program

Spots are available at the Just Food Community Farm for those interested in incubating a plant-based farm enterprise idea for the 2021 season (4 spots) and/or an artisanal poultry business (1 spot) for the 2022 growing season.

Pre-requisites:  Completion of Just Food’s New Farmer Training Workshops  (See above). If you have taken an equivalent, please email for verification.

For those interested in artisanal chicken incubation, please send a documnet outlining relevant background information and experience to

Language of support:  English 

Details here:

Farmer Training Topics Coming Soon…

This Winter: 

  • Value-add Food Processing 
  • Greenhouse start-up
  • Livestock production

This Summer:

English as Second Language New Farmer Training 

(including supports in French and Arabic)

If you are interested in these, please contact

More details coming soon!

Community Gardens Must Remain OPEN as Essential Food Services in Ontario

To All Gardeners and Supporters in Ottawa,

Your support is URGENTLY needed TODAY!

On March 30th, the Ontario government mistakenly identified community gardens as recreation activities for closure (READ HERE), as opposed to essential food services, where tens of thousands of people across Ontario grow food for their households.

Please send your own version of the letter below to your local MPP ASAP today, and copy Just Food at, so we can see how many letters are coming in.

If you are a member of a community garden, please say which garden you belong to, and why it’s important to you to access food through your garden plot.

Your list of MPPs in the Ottawa area:

Stephen Blais – Orléans –
Lucille Collard  – Ottawa – Vanier –
John Fraser – Ottawa South –
Hon Merrilee Fullerton – Kanata-Carleton –
Goldie Ghamari – Carleton –
Joel Harden – Ottawa Centre –
Hon Lisa MacLeod – Nepean –
Jeremy Roberts – Ottawa West – Nepean –

To read more about Gardening and COVID-19 in Ottawa, CLICK HERE.

To read and sign on an Open Letter Calling on Province to Identify Community Gardens as Essential Food Service, CLICK HERE.

Suggested letter template

To [name of your Member of Provincial Parliament or all MPPs if you are a City-wide service],

Everyone is working hard, and we are trusting this is just an oversight, but please immediately remove outdoor community gardens from the list of closures for recreation activities released on March 30th, and place them on the list of essential food services in Ontario.

Thousands upon thousands of families rely on community gardens to produce food for their families each year.  In Ottawa, we have a conservative accounting of 7,000 people relying on community gardens to supplement their food during the growing season.  There has been a major increase in demand for this service since the beginning of COVID-19.  People throughout the province have already invested in their seeds, and started seedlings, for this growing season.

This model of community food production is seen as integral to the COVID-19 response in countries throughout the world, particularly as food prices increase and global food supplies are increasingly uncertain.  Food banks also receive tonnes of much-needed fresh food in Ottawa from local community garden efforts. Community gardening availability should be enhanced, not limited, especially at this time.

We all take safety seriously.  We support community growing with clear protocols that WORK in gardens to maintain public safety, agreed to by public health officials. The Ottawa Community Gardening Network at Just Food is working with public health departments to achieve such safety protocols and is a key partner in communicating critical public health messages to our communities.  However, we must not identify community gardens as recreational activities, as for many, many people community gardens are essential ways that community members access their food. 

Please take immediate action to clarify for everyone in Ontario that community gardening is an essential food service.

Thanks very much!

Your name

Name of your community garden, if applicable.

Agri-Art Tour 2020: Information Sessions in Manotick (Feb 25) and Blackburn Hamlet (Feb 28)

Join the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network and Just Food for an information session about regional farm and food tours in 2020 that will interest farmers, processors, food producers, artisans and artists across Eastern Ontario!

The Agri-Art Tour 2020 will take place from September 3-5 across eastern Ontario. If you are interested in hosting or being a vendor at a host location, come to one of the following info sessions: 


WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 7-8:30 pm

WHERE: Manotick Community Centre Activity Room


WHEN: Friday, February 28, 7-8:30 pm

WHERE: Just Food Farm Red Barn, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa

For more info, contact

Fermentation Training in Ottawa 2019 and 2020

For Restaurants, Food Processors and Farms on How to Incorporate Fermentation into Your Business

This fermentation training will focus on non-alcohol fermentation and its potential for incorporating into your existing food/farm business. To ask questions, contact:

Two identical courses, maximum 15 people each:

First Session: Two Saturdays, November 30 & December 7, 2019, @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • Cost: $110 + HST 
  • Where:  Just Food Farm (2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa – Bus #25 and free parking) 
  • To register and pay for the first session click here 

Second Session: Three Thursday evenings, January 23, 30, & February 6, 2020, @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Cost: $110 + Hst
  • Where:  Just Food Farm (2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa – Bus #25 and free parking) 
  • To register and pay for the second session click here 

Topics include:

  • Lacto-fermentation such as making kimchi and tabasco style hot sauce
  • Fermenting beans and peas for making miso and tempeh
  • Grain fermentation varieties, including no-sweetener-added desserts such as sweet rice ferment or jiuniang, and using grains in vegetable lacto-fermentation
  • Dairy ferment such as kefir
  • Fermented drinks using SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) or the likes, such as kombucha and ginger soda
  • History and background on fermentation 
  • Health perspectives and science – connection of fermented food and human microflora/microbiome
  • Kitchen setup, equipment and specialty utensils
  • Food safety and regulatory framework
  • Worldwide applications and innovations in using fermentation in farms and food businesses
  • Canadian market and potential 
  • Tasting and demonstrations

The goal of the workshops is to inspire local farm and food businesses to innovate – by using the ancient art of fermentation to transform local and fresh produce into new products and ingredients that taste great, are good for health, and contribute to stronger businesses in this region.


Presented by Chi Garden, with additional guest fermentation business.

The trainers – Sun Shan and Li Bo of Chi Garden – both grew up with rich family traditions for making fermentation. Equipped with education in biology and biomedical research, being world travelers and now farmers in Canada, plus years of practice making various ferments and bringing fermented vegetables to the farm market in Ontario, the trainers will deliver an interactive training to inform and inspire a new generation of fermentation practitioners and businesses.  

Interested in fermentation training for your home?

This training is designed for local food businesses, including restaurants, processors and farms only. We will offer hands-on training geared towards eaters and home chefs later in the season.  Please send us a message at if you are interested, and we will contact you directly when the courses are coming out.

Nov 12 | WORKSHOP How to Start a Community Garden

community garden

Join us on Nov 12 and 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!

The attendance of at least one garden coordinator at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to receive funding through the Community Garden Development Fund.  The coordinator must have attended a workshop in one of the past 3 years.

Registration is required as space is limited.
When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Just Food Farm in the Big Red Barn | 2391 Pépin Court
RSVP: Email
*on RSVP please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable.

This Sunday: Annual Picnic at Just Food Farm

Food and activities for the entire family!

Join us at Just Food Farm for our Annual Picnic this Sunday! We will be hosting a variety of events including; free lunch, wagon rides at 10:15, 11, 11:45, and 12:30; farmers’ market, kids’ activities, field walks, and more. Bring your family and enjoy a day at our farm.

WHEN: Sunday August 25th, 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Big Red Barn, 2391 Pepin Court

For more information, contact

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday for a fun-filled day!

Buy 100% Authentic Honey from Local Honey Producers Near You

Look down the list for more information on local honey producers and support our local beekeepers!
NameLocationContact Info
Anderson Farm8435 Franktown Rd,
Ashton, ON
Tel: 613-838-6080
Barkley’s Apple Orchard5366 Robertson Rd,
Morrisburg, ON
Tel: 613-859-7059
Bayview Farm332 Route 148, Lochaber, QCTel: 819-985-0421
BearBrook Game
5396 Dunning Rd, Navan, ONTel: 613-835-2227
Bergendal Honey243 Ch de lac Bernard,
Wakefield, QC
Tel: 819-459-1789
Blue Shoes Honey1700 St Jose, Embrun, ONTel: 613-443-2101
Capital Bees660 Hochelaga St, Ottawa, ONTel: 613-852-5063
Clearydale Honey3027 County Road 21,
Spencervile, ON
Tel: 613-658-5129
Coronation Hall Cider Mill206 River Rd, Bristol, QCTel: 819-647-2547
Crerar’s Honey
8214 rue Bank St, Vernon, ONTel: 613-821-2133
Dunwurk’n Farms
Maple Camp
146 Hoddinott Ln, Balderson,
Tel: 613-836-1291
Le Tournesol1155 Stevens Rd, Embrun, ONTel: 613-448-3167
Gees Bees Honey
538 River Rd, Ottawa, ONTel: 613-406-2339
Hall’s Apple Market2930 2nd Concession Rd,
Brockville, ON
Tel: 613-342-6320
Halsall’s Honey7328 Stone School Rd, Greely, ONTel: 613-821-4336
Heavenly Honey2352 Keystone Ct, Gloucester, ONTel: 613-424-9010
Honey Bee Meadows736 McPeak Line, Cobden, ONTel: 613-281-7372
Email: mikemeadows
McEvoy Honey
3648 Gliderway, Manotick, ONTel: 613-826-2723
Proulx Maple & Berry
1865 O’Toole Rd, Cumberland, ONTel: 613-833-2417
Email: proulx
Tanglewood Honey35548 Hwy 41, Eganville, ONTel: 613-628-2890
Email: tanglewoodhoney

Check out the Local Farmers’ Markets

Look down the list for the closest farmers’ market opening near you to buy and support local farmers!

Farmers’ Market Location Timings
Beechwood Market 43 Ste. Cecile St, within
Optimiste Park
Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm,
June 1 – October 26
Rideau Sports Centre,
1 Donald St, Ottawa
Every Tuesday 3 am – 6 pm,
July 2 – October 8
Chartwell New Edinburgh
Square Terrace, 420 MacKay St,
Every Thursday, 3 am –
6 pm, July 4 – October 10
Ottawa Organic
Farmer’s Market
1644 Bank St, near Heron Every Saturday, 10 am –
2 pm, year-round 
Byward Market
Byward Market Square,
between York and George
Streets, downtown Ottawa
Every day, 9 am – 5 pm
Ottawa Farmers’
Market- Lansdowne
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne
Park, 1000 Exhibition Way
Every Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm,
May 5 – October 27
Ottawa Farmers’
Market- Westboro
Byron Linear Park between
Richmond Road, Golden, Byron, and Broadview Avenues
Every Saturday, 9:30 am-
3 pm, May 18 – November 2
Ottawa Farmers’
Market- Orleans
Ray Friel Recreation Complex,
1585 Tenth Line Rd, Orléans
Every Thursday, 12 am –
6 pm, May 23 – October 10
Ottawa Farmers’ Market- BarrhavenNepean Woods Park & Ride, at
Strandherd and Crestway Drive
Every Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm,
June 2 – October 13
Farmers’ Market
R.J. Kennedy Community
Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd,
Every Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm
North Gower
Farmers’ Market
2397 Roger Stevens Dr,
North Gower
Every Saturday, 8:30 am –
1 pm, May 22 – October 5
Metcalfe Farmers’
2821 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm,
May 11 – October 26
Kanata Farmers’
745 Kanata Ave, Kanata Every Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm,
May 25 – November 3
Carp Farmers’
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp
Rd, Carp
Every Saturday 9 am –
1 pm, May – October
Marché du
Memorial Park, corner of
Broad and Main Street, Alymer
Every Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm,
June 2 – October 29
Old Chelsea Market212 Old Chelsea Rd, Chelsea Every Thursday, 4 pm – 7 pm, May 30 – October 10
Marché Notre-
330 Notre-Dame Rd, GatineauEvery day, 8 am – 8 pm
Marché Vieux-HullParc Du Portage, Gatineau
(corner of Laurier and
Victoria Streets)
Every Thursday, 9:30 am –
2:30 pm, May 30 –
October 10
Parkdale Market 366 Parkdale Avenue, WestboroEvery day, 8 am – 5 pm
Manotick Farmers’
5524 Dickinson St, Manotick
(immediately across from
Watson’s Mill)
Every Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm,
June 22 – October 12
Wakefield Market 38 Chemin de la Vallée de
Wakefield, Wakefield
Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm,
May 18 – October 19