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!

Bring Food Home 2017 – October 26 – 29!

Bring Food Home Upstream Collaboration

Bring Food Home 2017: Upstream Collaboration will be held at the University of Ottawa on October 26th to October 29th, 2017.

Visit for all the juicy details on this awesome four-day event!









The conference will  include inspiring speakers, local tours, engaging panels, hands-on workshops, and action-planning sessions in addition to networking opportunities and a Feast of Local Flavours. Bring Food Home offers a forum to share experience and expertise, build the capacity and cohesiveness of Ontario’s local food network, and plan and coordinate actions that will direct us in building a better food system in Ontario and beyond.

Upstream Collaboration, the 2017 conference theme will acknowledge the work and innovation being done in local food systems in Ontario.  This theme recognizes our collective need to bring together diverse sectors to generate action on food and farm issues, as well as the need to ask and answer tough questions about these issues. We will collaborate as an Ontario community to work on issues and grow stronger together. From food policy and food access to business support and the environment, the 2017 program will cover a diverse range of topics and make space for new and ongoing conversations. Over the three days, we will break down barriers, forge new alliances and support each other in working together for a better future.

Sept 14: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

Discover excellent sites of downtown agriculture on an urban bike tour exploring Ottawa’s community gardens.
6.3 kilometres of laid-back, family friendly biking, to get to know how great our urban garden spaces are!

  • The event will take place September 14th6:00-8:00 PM. Starting point is at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals, 65 Sparks Street.
  • Light snacks will be provided. $5 or pay as you can donation.