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Dec 13 2022 & Feb 8 2023 | How to Start a Community Garden – Online Workshop

Join us on December 13th 2022 or Feb 8 2023 at 6:30pm to learn about the steps involved in starting a community garden including how to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the support available, tips for organizing and much more!

Suitable for new gardens, or existing gardens looking to onboard new volunteer coordinators.

The attendance of at least one garden coordinator (or a member of the garden who is working on the proposal) at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to apply for funding through the Community Garden Development Fund (CGDF). The CGDF applicant must have attended a workshop in the past 3 years, as criteria and processes have changed throughout the years, and we encourage more than one to attend at a time.

To register please contact – a zoom link to the workshop will be sent upon registration.

Holiday Markets in the Savour Ottawa Region

Come out to holiday markets in the city and surrounding areas! From now until December 24th there are markets available for all ages with handmade goods, vintage finds, delicious food, warm drinks, and live music. Come out to the events below and support the local community!

Almonte Farmers Market
December 10th 2022, 9am-1pm
John Levi Arena, Upper Hall
Find an array of fresh local produce, locally raised meats, take away foods, fresh baking, fresh cut flowers, functional and beautiful crafts and woodwork, bedding plants, honey, maple syrup, preserves and more!

Beechwood Holiday Night Market
December 3rd 2022, 5pm-9pm
1805 Gaspe Ave, Ottawa, ON K1K 0A4, Canada
Holiday Night Market For the first time the Manor Park Community Council and Beechwood Market are bringing you a festive evening of fun, local shopping, socializing, vendors and plenty more! Featuring:*20+ local vendors*Handmade gifts *Mulled wine and craft beer *Local food and beverage *Outdoor bonfires & s’mores kits *Warm atmosphere *and more!
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Carp Farmers Market Christmas Market
December 2nd – December 3rd 2022, 3pm-8pm both days
Carp Fairgrounds 3790 Carp Rd
Join us for our 2-Day Carp Farmers’ Market Christmas Market at the Carp Fairgrounds. Shop local and support our local producers this holiday season!

Christmas Market at Lansdowne
November 26 – December 18, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm each day!
1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
Featuring 90+ local vendors with hand-made items, locally brewed spirits, baked goods, fresh and local produce, and more!

Cobden Farmers Market
Every Saturday and Sunday until December 25th 2022 – 10am-4pm all days
Cobden Fair Grounds, Cobden, ON, Canada, Ontario
Don’t forget to come get all your Christmas shopping and baking done in one spot!
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Cumberland Farmers Market
December 3rd 2022, 9am-3pm
1115 Dunning Road, Cumberland, ON, Canada, Ontario
Over 125 Vendors, and a walk about through the village to all the various sites. Food and music and fun all on site for a full day of enjoyment.
Facebook Event

Kemptville Farmers Market Jack Frost Fair
December 4th 2022, 12pm-4pm
KFM Farmers’ Market parking lot location in Old Town Kemptville (B&H Grocer parking lot, 200 Sanders Street)
Kemptville Farmers’ Market is hosting our Annual Jack Frost Fair Sunday, December 4th, 2022 12 noon to 4 p.m. We have an array of local artisans, crafters, jewellers, food producers, bakers and so much more… Dress warmly and bring your Christmas list!

Local Flavours Holiday Market 2022
Sunday, Dec 4, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, from 11am – 2pm all three days!
2391 Pepin Ct (in Blackburn Hamlet), at Just Food Community Farm in the Big Red Barn
Wonderful holiday finds, local and ecological! The popular Local Flavours Holiday Market returns for three days of food, drink, music, holiday cheer, and great gift ideas in early December! Our local artisans have produced a selection of holiday gifts, including crafts, baked goods, ferments, and preserves, as well as fresh food including hot food and drink. 

Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 23rd 2022 – Fridays: 5pm-10pm, Saturdays: 10am-10pm. Sundays: 10am-8pm until December 20-23: Tue & Wed 2pm-8pm, Thu & Fri 2pm-10pm
Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
Thousands of christmas lights, live music, cozy winter gear, warm food and drinks, local vendors, and a lot of holiday cheer – bring yourself, your friends, your family to the Ottawa Christmas Market for a wonderful day of cheer! 

Marché Notre-Dame – MARCHÉ DE NOËL – Nos exposants 2022
December 3rd 2022 – 11am-2:30pm
330 rue Notre-Dame (secteur Gatineau)
Dans le cadre de la programmation de Place Noël, le marché Notre-Dame est heureux de vous dévoiler ses exposants. Producteurs, transformateurs, artisans et représentants vous y attendent, de 11H à 14H30, le samedi 3 décembre prochain.
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Metcalfe Farmers Market – Christmas Market
Every Saturday until December 17th 2022, 9am-2pm
Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely, ON
Come out to support your local vendors in a festive environment! Featuring local produce, handmade goods, warm food and drinks, and more!

North Gower Christmas Market
December 3rd 2022, 8:30am-2pm
Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre
Get your holiday shopping done Dec 3 at the North Gower Christmas market! All your favourite vendors plus some new ones will be there offering a fabulous selection of food and gift items!
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Fall Farm Fest


Bring your family and friends – Free to attend

At the Just Food Community Farm
This Sunday, October 2 2022
11am – 3pm
2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa (in Blackburn Hamlet, just East of Vanier)

Admission: FREE

FREE Activities:

  • Live Music for the full 4 hours
  • Wagon Ride Farm Tours – or walk around the farm and see what’s happening
  • Bring Your Own Picnic and enjoy
  • Garden Tool Sharpening Workshop – Courtesy of the Ottawa Tool Library – Bring your tools and learn to sharpen them!
  • Open House for Women Warriors Healing Garden (with donkeys, chickens, and support for women and 2SLBGTQ+ veterans)
  • Apples from COG-OSO (while supplies last)
  • Take a Fall Photo Selfie on the hay bales
  • Artery Coffee Roasters Coffee – with donations requested to GEFC
  • Walking tours at Red Barn Community Food Forest by Forêt Capitale Forest

Activities with a charge:

  • Dominion City Brewery Beer Garden (with beer and non-alcoholic seltzers)
  • Axe Throwing by BATL Axe Throwing Ottawa !!
  • Just Food Farmers’ Farm Stand – fresh and preserved local food
  • Food Vendors including:
    • The Sheepdog Grill – serving local lamb kebab and lamb sausages (on a stick or in a bun)
    • Yasmin Syrian Catering seasoned rice with veggies harvested from the Just Food Community Farm
    • Almanac Bakery
  • Raffle Proceeds going to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard
    • $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets
    • Raffle Prizes:
      • Two tickets to an Ottawa Senators Game, courtesy of our sponsor, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP. Two 100-level club seats and a lot one parking pass to the Ottawa Senators v. Winnipeg, Saturday, January 21, 2023, @ 7:00 p.m!
      • 1,000 AIR MILES Reward Miles, courtesy of our sponsor, ROCK Networks!
      • One of Two golf passes, courtesy of our sponsor, Pineview Golf Club!
      • One of Two family memberships, courtesy of our sponsor, Gloucester Horticultural Society!

How to get there:

  • Bus 25 will drop you off right outside of the farm – runs from Blair Station every 30 minutes
  • Free Parking on-site or if full, in adjacent neighbourhood (careful – no parking allowed on Tauvette).
  • Accessed by bike with on-site bike racks
  • Accessible on-foot from most of Blackburn Hamlet
  • Please Note: Highway 417 will be closed from Metcalfe St to Carling/Kirkwood Avenues from September 30th-October 4th. Please plan your route accordingly

Brought to you by:

Just Food

Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard

Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa/St.Lawrence/Outaouais Chapter

Ottawa Tool Library

Women Warriors Healing Garden

Forêt Capitale Forest

Just Food at the Ottawa Garden Festival

25th anniversary of the Ottawa Community Gardening Network!

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Community Gardening Network, Just Food—as part of the Ottawa Garden Festival—is celebrating all residents who grow food on balconies, in back and front yards, on school grounds, in community gardens, in food forests, in parks, on rooftops, within businesses, in greenhouses, and on farms. 

Thousands more people would like to grow food locally in Ottawa right now.  

Just food will be hosting two free, virtual workshops during this festival to support making this happen together:

WORKSHOP: YardShare! 

What do you need to know to share your yard and support a neighbour to grow food? 

An introduction of yarsharing and what both the yardowner and the gardener need to keep in mind  

Launching new Yardshare Ottawa website!  

Sign up your yard to support neighbours growing food.

August 16th 7-8PM

WORKSHOP: Residents need more access to land in order to produce more food locally in Ottawa!

What can be done to increase options for residents to access their own local food in Ottawa?   Front Yard growing, residential poultry, edible landscaping, cul de sacs, opening up more community gardens… 

What are some of the opportunities to access more land?  

What are some of the barriers?  How can we get through the barriers?  

August 18th 1-2PM

Register Here!

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Shannon at

In person: Vermicomposting for All Growers

The Box Of Life is an Ottawa social enterprise that teaches people how to build healthy soil from their food scraps efficiently in small spaces. Creating good quality compost is both an art and a science, and good system and process design go a long way in making composting a seamless part of every garden. They provide the expertise and help in creating beautiful composting systems.  

In this workshop Akil, from The Box of Life will talk about building soil using vermi-composting (composting with works). This workshop is for both home composters and community garden composters. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to understand how to compost properly, how to size and design the composting systems, and how to efficiently manage the composting process so that you can build good quality compost every gardening season!

Meet the facilitator

Akil is the founder of The Box Of Life and a climate warrior. Anxious, frustrated, and saddened by the lack of action of our communities towards fighting climate change, Akil decided to do something about it!

He created The Box of Life because he believe that the humble composting earthworm can reshape our relationship with food waste and rekindle our love for nature in the urban world.

What started out as an at-home vermi-composting experiment a few years ago has now turned into a full time profession that Akil is really passionate about!

Akil hopes that your composting journey, whatever the reason might be, can bring about some positivity and joy in your life.


Sept 9, 4:30-6:00pm


15 Larch Street in Little Italy

Parking is very limited parking on the street so participants are requested to park on Preston and make their way to Larch Street.

Public transit: It is a 14 minute walk from Pimisi station 

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible 

COVID precautions: Please come prepared with a mask, although the workshop will be outside and use is optional in that setting. The Box of Life team is hopeful participants attending are vaccinated.


$5 per person 

If payment is an issue, request to waive fee by emailing to attend for free.

Cash on-site or e-transfer are accepted. See Registration below.


Please register for this in-person event by following the link below:

Please make payment by e-transfer to using CGNWorkshop as your password. Please indicate the name of the workshop in the notes section. After you transfer funds, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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