It’s World Food Day, and this year’s theme—Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World—reminds us of the complexity of the task in front of us. A Healthy Diet demands “sufficient, safe, nutritious and diverse foods”, but also fresh, locally produced foods—foods that support farm families, and enable them to produce food for their communities in a manner that regenerates biodiversity, soil and water.
Seek out these farms on your regional Buy Local Food Guide, because Healthy Diets aren’t just healthy for today, they are healthy for generations, and they enable the farmers who supply the food to build viable, stable enterprises, and supply healthy diets for generations. As we discussed in our Bring Food Home event last week, ‘sustainable diets’ must include the long-term health of the ecology, community, farmer and eater, which is why our conversation about “good food” must go beyond the essential components of nutrition, accessibility, affordability and cultural relevance.
The UN World Food Day backgrounder concludes “nutritious foods that constitute a healthy diet are not available or affordable for many people”. That is the case in our local communities as well. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World asks us to take concrete actions that encourage transformation toward a food system where healthy, nutritious diets and universal access are accepted as the basic standards by which our communities are measured, standards that brook no exceptions. Take action!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org *on RSVP please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable.
95 Acre Beautiful Organic Farm with Mature Forest For Sale
32 years of organic farmland and white pine forest, close to Ottawa.
Shovel-ready! Get ready to farm for your 2020 season! A rare find, top-notch organic 95.3-acre property with a 5-bedroom, 1344 square ft bungalow house, 1 1/2 baths, wood stove and new furnace, 2-car garage, gorgeous 40-ft hardwood beam century barn with hydro and water, two barns in one measures 2900 square ft.; 65 acres well-maintained farmland with Grenville loam soil, 14 tree-lined fields, 22 acres of 30-year-old mature white pine plantation. Possibility to include a 12-head tame cattle herd trained to the land as part of the sale – they are the best-trained cattle you can find! Farming equipments purchase can be considered.
On the edge of and only 25 minutes to Ottawa, in Crysler, Ontario.
For 32 years, the Kelly Farm has been managing the land organically, with diverse livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc. The seeds and feed were purchased from Homestead Organics, and the 65-acre fields were maintained and rotated exceptionally well and used for pasture and hay. Beautiful Grenville loam soil all over rich in organic matters, these fields are ready for diversified farming of all kinds. There are many possibilities of organic farming and permaculture – vegetables, perennials, chickens, poultry, seed production, orchard… The farm is confirmed pesticide and herbicide free since 1987, and probably before that! All the records are well-kept, and the farm could be certified organic shortly.
One highlight is the 22-acre of 30-year-old white pine forest, both tranquil and full of potentials! There are also many productive fruit trees – wild apples, butternuts, berries, and more! A rare find in this area, the land and forest as a healthy ecosystem provides numerous possible uses, as apiary, food forest, silvopasture, agroforestry, retreat, for mushrooms, woodland plants, and more!
Testimony from the farmer:
“I have farmed the land at N1/2 Lot 5 Con 10 N Stormont for 32 yrs using approved organic methods. To fertilizer the fields, I used the manure from my animals, beef cows, sheep, pigs, layer hens, and meat chickens. My animals had free access to shelter and the outdoors. My fields are tree-lined. I bought seed for crops and hay from Homestead Organic Mill, Berwick Ont. I bought feed for my animals and chickens from this same mill. After Homestead Organic Mill closed, I bought certified organic grain from the feed store in Finch and Metcalfe.” Larry Kelly
Ideally, the current owners are looking for a buyer who fully appreciates the rarity and value of this chemical-free land and the value of the forests. The owners wish to sell to another farm family who is interested in keeping the farm in organic production. The owners are very willing to train and pass on their knowledge, including keeping the cattles so their herd can stay on the land.
14390 Concession Rd 10 & 11, Chrysler, ON K0A 1R0
The farm is 5 minutes to Crysler, an active bilingual community, with elementary schools, public library, community centre, and churches. It is 15 minutes to Embrun and Casselman, larger towns with grocery stores, department stores, gyms, and highschools. 25 minutes will bring you into Ottawa. Close to Highway 417, which connects Ottawa and Montreal, which makes the farm location ideal for agrotourism. The farm is 5 minutes away to Cannamore Orchard, and 10 minutes away to St. Albert Cheese Co-op, two of the most popular agrotourism destinations in the area.
The property has:
Primary residence: 1344 square ft 1975 bungalow, measures 28’x48′, with three bedrooms on the main floor and two bedrooms in the basement. Basement unfinished with 2 finished bedrooms. 1 1/2 baths. All appliances included. Woodstove on the main floor, and backup new propane furnace (January 2019). Two drilled wells with very good water – never dry.
Garage: two car 728 square ft detached garage.
Barn: the barn is an older framed one, with 40-ft hardwood beams, used for hay storage and shelter for the animals. It is 2 barns in one, measures 50’x30′ and 36’x39′. Has hydro and water.
14 fields, totaling 65 acres, are tree-lined, rich with well-maintained Granville loam and organic matter, ready for diversified farming of all kinds;
22-acre 30 year-old pine plantation and walkable forest;
12 head cattle herd is an option as part of sale (6 shorthorn adults, + 6 yearlings + 1 calf all with some Shorthorn and/or Speckled Park)
Some equipment may also be an option to be part of sale.
Business and income possibilities
Organic commercial market garden
Organic cattle, sheep, chickens, other poultry, pigs, and other livestock.
Selling Farmland to a Person Who Is Not Registered for the HST
If the purchaser of the farmland is not registered for the HST, the seller is required to collect the HST generated by the sale and remit it to the Canada Revenue Agency. If farmland will be used in a farming business, the purchaser can register for the HST and claim an input tax credit in order to recover the HST paid on the purchase of the farmland. Normally, Canada Revenue Agency will backdate a registration for up to 30 days. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/11-053.htm
If you have been thinking of buying a farm for organic production, contact us (email@example.com) as this is indeed a rare find. JustFood.ca can support farms in the regions if you need information and/or support to start-up farmers.
Volunteers Needed: Michele Heights Community Garden Border Replacement Project
Michele Heights Community Garden, located in Michele Park in the west end of Ottawa (closest address is 2955 Michele Drive), adjacent to Michele Heights Community Housing is planning to replace the borders around the plots at our community gardens. The existing border are at end of life and need to be replaced – this is a big project, since there are 30 plots! Join us on Saturday, October 5, from 9AM – 5PM to assist!
Sunday, Oct 6 will be the rain date, but will plan to work, unless the weather is very wet.
Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of work gloves, and battery powered electric drills, with a bit for standard deck screws would also be very helpful!
Eastern white cedar is being purchased from a mill in the Ottawa Valley that is already cut to the required lengths.
Snacks will be provided throughout the day, but please bring a lunch and water to drink.
Anyone interested in helping out should reply to Sinjin Dixon-Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is coordinating the project. Further details about the project can be provided. Thank you.
When: This Saturday Sept 21 and Sunday Sept 22 Where: Woodward Avenue and McBride street (closest address is 1548 Woodward Ave).
The garden is available by public transportation (along bus routes 14 and 81), and there is plenty of parking available for those driving.
There will be a wide variety of tasks available for people of all ages, mobilities, and abilities!
Lunch, snack, water, and drinks will be provided for all volunteers.
By helping with the garden build, you can:
Learn how to construct raised bed gardens; Learn how to plan and carry out your own garden expansion; Help contribute to food security and improve community health in our city!
2. Sept 15 | A Potluck and Discussion on the Food and its Role in Climate Restoration
Join Just Food and Regeneration Canada on Sept 15 for a potluck and information session, focusing on what is possible and/or already happening in ecosystem and climate restoration through soil care, regenerative farming and positive changes in the food system. A combination of taking an afternoon to celebrate what has been accomplished and to engage attendees in what is possible and how to participate in and support further actions and changes. Local and national agricultural and environmental groups will be participating to share information and updates on projects with attendees and this event is open to the public.
When: Sunday, September 15th, from 11:00 to 2:00
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
Attendees are invited to visit the on-site farm, it opens at 10:00, product can be stored in a cooler for the duration of the event Tour of the Just Food Farm available after lunch. Please bring your own dishes cutlery, cups, no disposable dishes please*** Bring something to share in the potluck or simply join us as a welcomed guest Parking is available on site and the farm is served by the #94 bus route The building is accessible, with a wheelchair lift to the second floor event space
3. Sept 26 | A Workshop on How to Start a Community Garden
Get ready for the next growing season at the “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop! Learn next steps including; 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 the past 3 years.
Registration is required as space is limited.
When: Thursday, Sept 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 Where: 2391 Pepin Court, at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn RSVP: email@example.com (please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable).
4. Sept 28 | Community Seed Cleaning Workshop with the Ottawa Seed Library
This workshop will provide a short demo on how to clean common seeds grown in the Ottawa area. Folks are able to bring their own seed harvests and clean them on their own with support from on-site assistance! Even if you don’t have your own seed to clean, everyone is welcome to attend and learn some of the basic principles.
When: Saturday, Sept 28 from 3:00 – 6:00 Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
5. Oct 10 | Canada’s Food Guide – what does this mean for agriculture? What does it mean for eaters?
Canada’s Food Guide is one vision of a sustainable diet. It is intended to promote health and wellness through dietary change—leaving unanswered questions of access and food production. How will the new Food Guide shape our food systems, or change where we get our food? And what does this mean for agriculture across our region?
For producers, community organizations, government, eaters. Join us in-person to hear a province-wide panel with conversation, discussion and next-steps following.
Ron Bonnett (former president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture) Dr. June Matthews (Registered Dietitian, Professional Home Economist, Associate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences Brescia University College) Moe Garahan (Executive Director, Just Food)
When: Thursday, October 10 from 9:30-12:30 Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
A Bring Food Home 2019 Regional Event Brought to you by Sustain Ontario in partnership with Just Food and the Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
In partnership with Just Food, the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s Environment Committee and Tree Team is organizing its first “CommuniTree Conference” on Saturday, October 19th at the Just Food Farm (2391 Pepin Court) in Blackburn Hamlet.
The conference will take place from approximately 9am to 12:30pm and will include:
networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest.
The conference is an opportunity for community members to;
share tree-related stories data and projects
– provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources carry-out tree-related initiatives in their communities.
If you are interested in promoting stewardship of our urban forest, sharing ideas, meeting community leaders and being part of innovative ways to help our environment, this Conference should not be missed.
The Conference is free to attend, however registration will be required as space is limited.
The registration link will be available by September 9th, on the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s website blackburnhamlet.ca.
Any media or other inquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
– Take a tour of the farm August 11 – Tours in partnership with COG August 18 & 25 – self guided tours *Check-out what’s being produced on the farm from bees, to seeds, vegetables, food forests and more!
– Complete all the activities on the farm with the family! *scavenger hunt *local food tastes *harvesting/seed saving *check out the chickens! *& test your knowledge of agriculture and climate change!
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 FARMS ON TOUR:
July 28: Capital Greens, Karen Farm, Bird and Bee
August 11: Capital Bees, Chi Gardens, Cadence Ecological Farm
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Parc 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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com for more information on topics and how to set one up.