Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row

How can we give more back to our communities?

This is a common question coming from community gardeners.  Luckily for us, it’s easy!  Just Plant-a-Row in your garden and after the harvest, Donate-a-Row!

Before you complete your garden plan, gardeners should seek out which local food cupboards or local food programs are near their gardens.  After determining the nearest food cupboard by using the Ottawa Food Bank’s Website’s tool, an interested gardener coordinator should contact them to find out two things:

  • What kind of food you should grow to ensure you’re meeting the demand of that demographic’s needs (consider culturally appropriate foods for diverse populations)
  • how you can get fresh garden produce to them directly


It’s that simple! 

Ottawa Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row (PARDAR) Garden 

Starting in 2017 at the Just Food Community Farm in Blackburn Hamlet, there is a volunteer-run 1/4 acre Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row garden!

Large or small groups, individuals, community members – anyone is able to come and help out on this plot.  Maybe you’re looking for a larger activity day like Export Development Canada’s volunteer day in 2017 & 2018.

This is a good opportunity to garden when it suits you, learn basic gardening skills, and give back to your community.

Anyone interested in volunteering is advised to please contact the Community Gardening Network Coordinator at 



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