Garden 2020

Just Food – sustainable food and farming in Ottawa, Ontario

City of Ottawa and Just Food announcing
Seeds and Soil Project
June 2020

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Are you looking for a way to increase your food supply with a home garden? 

The City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force and Just Food are partnering to provide seeds and soil to 3000 households, open to all residents in Ottawa. Home gardens are a great way to grow your own food, stay active, and support positive mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who can get a seed and soil package?

  • Open to ALL residents in Ottawa. (First week was open to people living with lower income or whose income was affected by COVID19).
  • Must have access to a personal yard (can be small).
  • Given out by registering on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is included in a seed and soil package?

Each package comes with:

  • 6-7 different types of seed (swiss chard, kale, turnip, cabbage, beets, peas, yellow and green beans)
  • Soil: an amount equal to 3 black/blue recycle boxes full 
  • Basic instructions and links to other information on how to grow

Maximum 1 package per household

Can I pick which seeds are included in my seed package?

All seed packages come with the same quantity and type of seeds. 

These seeds have been chosen as they are compatible with Ottawa’s weather and shorter growing season.  (There is still enough time to plant in June!)

How do I register for a seed and soil package?

Fill in the registration form at

You will then be contacted by a member of our joint team to schedule a location and time for pick-up and get a list of gardening resources.

What if I have issues with registration?

If you have issues with registration, such as not having internet or unable to access the form, please email or call 613-580-2424 ext. 26753 to register.

How do I get my seed and soil package?

Loose soil and seed packets are ready at sites around Ottawa. You will need a vehicle as the soil is heavy. Please bring three recycling blue or black boxes (or similar sized containers) to shovel soil into. A limited supply of bags will be available at the pick-up location if you do not have access to your own bins. If you are unable to load the soil into your vehicle, on site volunteers will be able to assist.

In order to ensure physical distancing, only scheduled pick-ups will be available.  

After you register, a time slot will be confirmed with you for pick-up.

What if I don’t have access to a vehicle?

If you do not have access to a vehicle, please let us know. Delivery options are being made available from the support of volunteers and based on availability. 

Can someone pick up seeds and soil packages for multiple families?

If someone wishes to pick up a seed and soil package for someone else, the person who registers must include the name and email address of the person who will pick up their package in the registration form. 

Is there a cost for the seeds and soil packages?

No. The seeds and soil packages are being provided free of charge to people living on lower incomes or who have lost their job during COVID-19, through the generous support of the City of Ottawa, Just Food and Greely Sand & Gravel.  

Where can I go to learn more about gardening? 

What if I don’t have internet at home and have a gardening question?

If kids or adults don’t have access to internet, you can call Just Food Farmers and leave a message with your phone number and questions and a farmer will call you back. 


To get up-to-date information on the Seeds and Soil Project visit: or 

This is a joint project with the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force and Just Food. By agreeing to participate in this project, you agree that information collected will be shared across these two organizations and provide consent to be contacted for the purposes of this project.


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