Here’s to Wishing Everyone a Good Food Summer!

July 2019

Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region  

Just Food News and Events 

1. July 28th and August 11th, 18th and 25th | Sundays at the Just Food Farm

2. Every Sunday | Yoga at the Just Food Farm

3. Every Sunday | Just Food Farm Stand

4. July 28 and August 11 | Free COG Tour at Just Food Farm

5. Volunteer to Grow Food for the Local Food Bank

6. Using Food as a Gateway to a Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle

7. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Other Community News and Events

8. Farmers’ Markets in the Region

9. Saturdays until August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours

10. Canadian Organic Growers is Hiring!

11. Eat Healthy with Canada’s Food Guide

12. Tasty Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

13. Reduce Our Kids’ Exposure to Marketed Unhealthy Food and Drinks

14. Canada’s New Food Policy with an Ambitious Vision

15. Have Gardening Questions?

Just Food News and Events 

1. July 28th and August 11th, 18th and 25th | Sundays at the Just Food Farm

Join us on the Just Food Farm for Sunday Farm Days, there’s something for everyone!

  • Yoga in the barn from 9:45 – 11 am
  • Farm Tours: The Canadian Organic Growers will be offering tours on July 28th and August 11th from 10 am – 12:30 pm
  • Kids activities on August 11th, 18th, and 25th

Don’t forget to check out our farmers’ market from 10 am – 2 pm, run by our very own farmers for some amazing vegetables, herbs, honey, preserves and more! Bring you and family, as well as a lunch to enjoy!

WHEN: Sunday July 28th and August 11th, 18th, and 25th 
WHERE: Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court

2. Every Sunday | Yoga at the Just Food Farm  

Join Bee at the Just Food Farm for a traditional yoga class for all levels of skill and ages! The class will include physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

WHEN: Sundays 9:45 – 11 am
WHERE: Big Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
It’s free, or by donation with all proceeds going to the Just Food Farm.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bee has been a yoga practitioner for 8 years and teaching for 5 years. She is a farmer and educator at Cadence Ecological Farm at the Just Food Farm, and is deeply interested in the role of holistic health while developing sustainable communities.

3. Every Sunday | Just Food Farm Stand 

Join us on Sundays this summer from 10 am – 2 pm until October to enjoy the fresh produce of the season! Every week, a number of farms will be selling their fresh produce, condiments, sweet and savoury treats, and much more! The Farm Stand is located at the Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court. Enjoy the first summer bounty of organic food from local farmers with us while supporting new farmers. For more information, click here

4. July 28 and August 11 | Free COG Tour at Just Food Farm 

The Canadian Organic Growers (COG), in partnership with Just Food, is hosting free tours where participants will have a chance to visit 3 different farms on site and shop fresh produce at the Farm Stand afterwards. Learn about about how each farmer got started, what they grow, and the unique aspects of their business, from bees and chickens to diverse vegetables. Folks of all ages are welcome! Please note that there will be a fair amount of walking on uneven ground and in direct sunlight. 

WHEN: Sunday July 28 and August 11, from 10 am – 12:30 pm (sun or rain)
WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court 

  • July 28: Capital Greens, Karen Farm, Bird and Bee
  • August 11: Capital Bees, Chi Gardens, Cadence Ecological Farm

For more information or to register for one of the tours, click here for the July 28th tour and click here for the August 11th tour

Spread the word about this great opportunity by printing off these posters (July 28 and August 11) and posting it in your workplace!

5. Volunteer to Grow Food for the Local Food Bank

Want to help support the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard? Join a team of volunteers who give back to their community by helping grow fresh produce at Just Food Farm’s Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row Garden (PARDAR) for the food cupboard. Gardening can be done when it suits you. You will also have a chance to learn basic gardening skills or share your gardening expertise. For more information or to join the team, email

6. Watch Ottawa Experts on Using Food as a Gateway to a Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle 

On a segment of Ottawa Experts, an interactive show which hosts local industry experts on various topics, Jenny Emmans, Chair of Just Food, and Amber Westfall of Wild Garden, operating out of Just Food Farm, discussed their journeys in learning and discovery about the local food and the nexus between food systems and health. For Jenny, it began with the growing question of what we are putting in and on our bodies as she explored the ingredients of the products she was using or consuming regularly. Amber was looking to expand her local diet and reduce her footprint. Both touch upon some great opportunities for residents to learn more about foraging, gardening, and consuming local food in the Ottawa Region. 

To watch the episode, click here

7. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year for your food growing needs.

Just Food only has a few terracotta rain barrels remaining for $55. We are confident that this is the best price on the market right now. For more details, click here and if interested, email Himani at to arrange pickup. 

Support Just Food, conserve water and save money. Contact us today!

Other Community News and Events

8. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

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
Beechwood Mini-Market Rideau Sports Centre,
1 Donald St, Ottawa
Every Tuesday 3 am – 6 pm,
July 2 – October 8
Beechwood Mini-MarketChartwell New Edinburgh
Square Terrace, 420 MacKay St, Ottawa
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 Square 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 MarketByron 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 MarketRay Friel Recreation Complex,
1585 Tenth Line Rd, Orléans
Every Thursday, 12 am – 6 pm, May 23 – October 10
Ottawa Farmers’ Market- Barrhaven MarketNepean Woods Park & Ride, at
Strandherd and Crestway Drive
Every Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm,
June 2 – October 13
Cumberland Farmers’
R.J. Kennedy Community
Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd,
Every Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm
North Gower Farmers’
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’ Market745 Kanata Ave, Kanata Every Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 25 – November 3
Carp Farmers’ MarketCarp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp
Rd, Carp
Every Saturday 9 am –
1 pm, May – October
Marché du Vieux-AylmerMemorial 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-Dame330 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

9. Saturdays until August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours

Discover the dozens of gardens in the region along the Garden Promenade! Whether you wish to do it alone or hire a pro to show you the way, the Garden Promenade offers a broad range of options for a multilingual guided tour or at your own pace while visiting the city’s famous attractions.

Enjoy the blooming flowers in the city the way you want to!

For more information, click here.

WHEN: Every Saturday until August 31st

10. Canadian Organic Growers is Hiring!

Do you like working with kids and talking about sustainable agriculture and food security? The Canadian Organic Growers’ Ottawa-St- Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter is looking for a fully bilingual workshop facilitor to join their Growing Up Organic garden and farm-based education program in Ottawa. The program works wth schools to develop edible gardens as educational tools for students. The position is home-based and averages 20 hrs/week. Click here to view the job description. 

11. Eat Healthy with Canada’s Food Guide

Want to make more healthy choices while eating, but not sure where to start? Snapshots of the food guide are now available in 28 languages for you read through and start making better consumption choices for your mental and physical health. You can also subscribe here for their newsletter to get the latest healthy eating updates, recipes, and more. 

12. Tasty Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Want to learn different ways to use all parts of your groceries? Food Tank has made a list of 11 ways to make the most of common food waste, including:

  • Vegetable leaves
  • Herb stems
  • Bones and fat
  • Root vegetable peels
  • Stale bread

Check out the article here for tips and recipes! For more information about how local residents are managing their food waste, click here

13. Reduce Our Kids’ Exposure to Marketed Unhealthy Food and Drinks

With the marketing of unhealthy food items on the rise, kids are being targeted because they are particularly vulnerable to the marketing techniques being used and the number of ads they see throughout the day. This is leading to changes in food choices and preferences.

Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act) came close to being passed prior to the Senate’s summer adjournment. It had the support from both the Senate and the House of Commons; however, the bill failed to pass overall. The bill would have limited advertisement of food high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats to kids under the age of 13. Now it’s up to us to create a food environment where kids are not being bombarded with advertisements and support them to make healthier choices. For more information on how to develop this, click here

14. Canada’s New Food Policy with an Ambitious Vision

The anticipated food policy ‘Food Policy for Canada: Everyone at the Table’ was announced on June 17 by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau. With the acknowledgement that Canada needs to ensure reliable access to healthy, culturally diverse food for all Canadians, the federal government is investing $134 million to develop a vibrant and sustainable food system. Their key areas of focus also include reducing food waste and improving food security for Indigeneous and Northern communities. 

Part of achieving the goal was the birth of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council and the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. The Council will be focusing on bringing in the experts and diverse voices to address the current and future food issues. For residents, the fund will support community-led projects with the goal of improving food access. 

To read the full news release, click here.

15. Have Gardening Questions?

As you start the growing season, do you want some advice or have questions about gardening? The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton are a group of experienced gardeners with horticulture backgrounds that volunteer their time to help answer the public’s questions. They provide free, unbiased advice to home gardeners while encouraging good growing practices. They can give advice for both organic and conventional growing. Contact them by phone or email, listed here, or find them at clinics at local markets and fairs. 

Are you interested in having a gardening workshop with your community? Email for more information on topics and how to set one up.

Nov 15, Dec 5 & Jan 13: How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

At the free, “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop 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!

This workshop will be facilitated by Jordan Bouchard of the Community Garden Network.

Registration is required as space is limited.

When: Thursday November 15 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30
Where: 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa ON

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30
Where: 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa ON

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00
Where: To Be Decided

on RSVP please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable.

The Fair Finance Fund – for social enterprises!

Are you a local food producer, processor, market owner/ staff, co-op owner/ staff or other regional food entrepreneur that is committed to social values and community benefit goals? Are you looking for better access to capital?

Local Food and Farm Co-ops, with partners at the Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ SSMIC and the Greenbelt Fund are creating an exciting new opportunity—but in order to create a funding opportunity that is useful, they are asking for your tell them what you need, and help shape their program. You have 2 days left to give them input via the survey link below.


We want to hear from you! We are contacting you to invite you to give your input to an exciting new project, the Fair Finance Fund for the local food and farm sector.

We appreciate your time to fill out the survey so that we can ensure the fund meets the needs of the sector. Please fill it out if you are a local food or farm enterprise with social, environmental and community goals and benefits, and feel free to share with others.

Please click here to fill out our survey.

Some more about the project:

The Fair Finance Fund will be a revolving loan fund offering patient capital (long-term or negotiated rates) for local food and farm social enterprises. Social enterprises in this sector include regional producers, markets and other regional food system partners that share social values and community benefit goals. The research is a coordinated by the Local Food and Farm Co-ops, with partners at the Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ SSMIC and the Greenbelt Fund. All participant responses will be held in strict confidence by Local Food and Farm Co-ops. The resulting report and general non-identifying statistical data may be shared with Fair Finance Fund partners and the Greenbelt Fund.

Loans will be offered in the mid-scale range, which is often seen by banks as too small, but is too large for micro-finance schemes. Between now and September, we are soliciting input from partners and enterprises to ensure that the fund is designed to meet their needs, and be viable over the long-term.

Here are a couple of examples that have inspired us:
FarmWorks(Nova Scotia)
Chantier de l’Economie Sociale(Montreal)
La Montanita Fund(Arizona)

We thank you in advance for your input!

Sally Miller

Local Food and Farm Co-ops


David Thompson

Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre


Just what is Agroecology?

Just Food’s Red Barn Series

Topic: Agroecology

Sunday July 29th, 10:00 – 2:00

The UN, Via Campesina, and a cluster of farming, food security and food justice advocates at home and abroad are pointing to agroecology as the way to transform our food systems to achieve fairness for farmers, farm workers, and communities of eaters across the globe. Just Food is hosting the Agroecology Field School and Research Summit (tickets still available!) on August 18, where a large collection of experts and practitioners from Canada and around the world will discuss how to ‘Move Agroecology Forward’.

But just what is Agroecology? Join us at 10:30 for a primer, delivered by Just Food Associate Director Phil Mount, followed by a tour of the farm to discuss the principles as they apply in Ottawa, including how we integrate animals into our food system.

Community Farm Days: Wild Pollinators

THIS WEEK: it’s all about POLLINATORS!

Come on by for a workshop on pollinators offered by the Wild Pollinator Partners-Partenaires des pollinisateurs sauvages at 10:30am.
What is pollination? Who are the wild pollinators among us? How do they live their lives? Are they struggling? What can we do to help them in our gardens? We will explore these questions, and others, in the first part of this interactive session offered by the Wild Pollinator Partners-Partenaires des pollinisateurs network.
In the second part, we will head outside to observe wild pollinators in action!

For those of you who may want to be more hands on, join us in building a wild pollinator hotel with the support of Martin Thornell and friends from Ottawa City Woodshop. We will also have a craft table starting at 11am where you can make your own bee buddy!

WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 10am to 2pm – swing by anytime between these hours!

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court

Cost: FREE

And don’t forget to check out our Just Food Farm Stand with fresh vegetables. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the farm, rain or shine!


Just Food invites you to get out on the Farm, have some fun, win some prizes, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

WHEN: Sunday, July 15th , 2018 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court

Cost: FREE


Join us this Sunday for “FARM BINGO”! Each participant will be given a bingo card with clues to find 9 hidden farm. The first to get three BINGO lines gets their pick of the prizes! First to fill their card wins the grand prize—it’s like a scavenger hunt with photos, or the amazing farm race!!

And don’t forget to check out our farm stand with fresh vegetables, craft table for the kids, outside under the tents. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the farm, rain or shine!


Just Food Farm will be hosting community days each Sunday filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, and more! Bring your family for a lunch picnic and spend some time on the farm. Stay tuned on our social media for updates on themes, special guests, and partners each week!

For details on this weekly series, check out

Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

On August 18th, in Ottawa, FLEdGE, Lakehead University, USC Canada, and Just Food will host a full-day workshop on the future of agroecology in Canada. Join farmers, researchers, community organizers, and students to discuss how to bring this international movement to Canada. Come hear from speakers from around the world, including from La Via Campesina and USC Canada, and across the country, including the National Farmers Union and Indigenous voices, and work together to build an agroecological movement here at home.
This event will take place at Just Food, 2391 Pépin Court. Parking is limited, so please carpool, take transit, or bike.
The event begins at 8:30am. Ticket prices include a light lunch.
For more details and to register online, go to the Agroecology Field School website.
Optional tickets for dinner catered by Wawatay Catering and a Barn Dance featuring Ottawa Contra Dance!! are also available.

Field Day: Participatory Plant Breeding

The Bauta Family Seed Initiative and Just Food present a field day on Participatory plant breeding, with Dr. Martin Entz.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: Flat Earth Farm, 3575 Campbellcroft Road, Ottawa, ON

Flat Earth Farm is on the south edge of the City of Ottawa and includes 17 acres of land for agro-ecological food production. With the goal of maximizing biodiversity, the farm contains a mix of over 100 edible trees and bushes (17 varieties), and a large selection of perennial and annual crops standard to the region, as well as test plots of a number of grains, cover crops and legumes (including grain amaranth, sorghum, flax, chickpeas, millet, kamut)—along with a mix of small livestock.

Flat Earth Farm is also breeding new varieties of wheat, as part of The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s participatory plant breeding program with Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba. On this field day, you will learn more about the concept of participatory plant breeding, selection and some of the fundamentals on how to successfully build a diversified farm.
Sign-up at EventBrite to reserve your spot!

Cost: FREE

Sunday Community Days – free weekly event for all ages!

Just Food Farm invites you to get out on the farm, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

Every Sunday starting July 8th, the farm will be hosting *free* community days filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, animal guests, tractor rides, and more! Every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Stay tuned on our blog and follow us on facebook and instagram to find out about each week’s exciting theme and fun activities! Rain or shine!


Agricultural and healthy-living education to get the community talking and learning about important food and farm topics. Hands-on experience after the workshops!

Mission: We want to get you engaged in your Good Food City! By learning how to create a local food forest and understanding how to help your neighbourhood pollinators, you’re engaging in important conversations and contributing to positive change in your community. Follow along for topic releases for each week!


Farm-themed crafts and hands-on activities for families from 11 am to 1 pm. Special guests to watch for… farm animal friends and tractor wagon rides!

Mission: Everyone should know where their food comes from, no matter how young. The kids area is set to inspire young minds to learn about food and farming, and to motivate small hands to get busy in the dirt. Food literacy and soil experiences start early on!


Stock your pantry with good food while supporting local farmers and small businesses! Check out the cool stock of honey, teas, seedlings, books, and more – grown and produced by our farmer friends! All profits go directly to the person who made it.


Join us in the garden as we help good food grow! All produce will be donated to our friends at the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.
BRING: long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen!

BRing your own picnic!

Pack a picnic lunch, and try using local ingredients or buying from a local vendor! Check out Savour Ottawa’s members to find what you’re looking for:


Follow the facebook events and check out our instagram for up-to-date details and developments! Can’t wait to have you out!

Just Food’s Powering for Prosperity Awards Nomination

We are so thankful to be nominated for the 2018 Powering for Prosperity Awards. Just Food was nominated for the completion of a 10kW solar panel shed that you can find on our property! See below for information and videos on the project here!

Powering for Prosperity Award

Staying true to the ambition for vibrant, just and sustainable food systems, Just Food, Bullfrog and Beau’s Brewing Co. with other funders teamed up to build a 10kW Solar panel system and shed at the Just Food Farm. This is an extension of a commitment to normalize and spread sustainable food and farming practices all over the Ottawa region. However, this project goes beyond a solar shed and renewable energy demonstration; it will help influence the sustainable food movement. Showing solar energy as an ingredient in sustainable and organic farming will create a new standard by which we judge agricultural production.

We are thrilled to announce Just Foods Nomination for Powering for Prosperity 2018: Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards. Just Food installed a 10kw solar PV system to lower operating costs and their carbon footprint while demonstrating the application of renewable energy as part of a sustainable farming hub.

Check out our two videos demonstrating the project and the impact local partnerships can have on creating spaces for education, green energy and community building. You can find our videos from Beau’s Brewing Co. and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount here!

Although we did not win the award, we are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for green energy initiatives and their importance. Congratulations to all nominees, but especially organizations in Ottawa such as Alfred Solar Energy Project by Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op, and the victors Karen’s Place Renewable Energy – Ottawa Salus on their deserved win. We all benefit when cities come together to support renewable energy! Go Ottawa!