Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Hello everyone, please find listed below a number of community garden links that may interest some of you, compliments of our friends at "Just Food":

"Hey Folks,

Just a few pieces today.  Please send the invitation to the Anniversary Celebration to your gardeners.

Just Food's 15th Anniversary

You and everyone at your garden are invited to the Just Food Farm to Celebrate Just Food's 15th Anniversary! 

When: April 29th 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Crt.
RSVP: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/anniversary15

Parking is available on site, you can also get to the site by taking the # 94 bus on the transitway.

The event will include:

A Repair Cafe with Ottawa Tool Library  - if you need your garden tools maintained, sharpened, or fixed be sure to bring them!!
Children's activities
Wagon Rides
Gardening Workshops
and more!

Please extend the invitation to all your gardeners - we'd love to see as many of you as possible.

If anyone would be interested in fixing tools for other - please let me know & I'll connect you to the Ottawa Tool Library.
2016 Spring Meetings

The dates for the Spring Meeting are now set they are as follows.

Eastern: Just Food Farm's Big Red Barn - 2391 Pepin Crt. May 16 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Western:  Tanglewood Community Centre, 30 Woodfield Dr. Wednesday May 23rd 6:00 - 8:30

Since the Network has been getting so large we are moving towards multiple meetings instead of one large one each season. Please RSVP to communitygardening@justfood.ca & I'll see you then.  The agenda & previous minutes will be sent out the week of May 16th.

Jane's Walks

If you are interested you could lead a Jane's walk in your neighbourhood! 

Every year Jane's Walk convenes close to 2,000 Ottawa-Gatineau residents (May 5th-6th 2018)  to walk their city in a festival of community-led, free walking tours. The festival combines the simple activity of walking with observations, oral history, and shared experience. It gets people out into their communities talking to each other and learning about their City in new ways.

The subject or area is completely up to you and you are welcome to share the role with others. You do not need to be an expert, but merely help inspire conversation. Generally walks are only 1- 1.5 hours. 5 stops and talking points are usually enough to fill up that time with questions!

Here are some tips about developing a walking tour: http://janeswalk.herokuapp.com/tips-tools/tips-for-walk-leaders and a 2016  schedule to look at for ideas: http://janeswalk.herokuapp.com/sessions/9

You can register your walk on the website or with Leigh Thorpe (Leigh Thorpe 613 563-4922 Jane@JanesWalkOttawa.ca), deadline April 12th.

Garden Days June 16th- 24th Gardening is something to be celebrated! June 16th – 24th 2018 Garden Days, a program of the Canadian Garden Council, is a joyful, country-wide celebration of the role of gardens in our communities and in our lives. This nine-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden.

For more information, visit the link at www.gardensottawa.ca or email us at info@gardensottawa.ca

We encourage all of you to consider planning an event for garden days this 2018!  Please be sure to register your event at gardensottawa.ca

Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Just Food is hosting a Rain Barrel Fundraiser in Spring 2018, please share with your networks.

You can start looking at what will be available at this link: https://rainbarrel.ca/justfood/, according to ranbarrel.ca they will be updating the page & launching it on March 22nd.  

Pick up for the rain barrels will be at Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Crt. on April 29th.  If you cannot pick it up then, please let me know & I'll set it aside for you until a later date.

The CGDF is taking Applications

The Community Garden Development Fund is taking applications. You can find the applications on this page on the Just Food website:  http://justfood.ca/community-gardening-network/community-garden-development-fund/. If you are looking at an expansion, or an infrastructure enhancement project then this is a good opportunity to get a project going.

If you have any questions, please send me an email to schedule a time to chat.

Thanks everyone,
Hello again everyone! Hope we have all shaken off the effects of our latest gift from Old Man Winter? If we are fortunate, this last ice event should be the last one for this Spring and we can get on with our gardens, or at least the preparations for our gardens. Please have a look at the poster below regarding food resources in the community.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Hello everyone! Spring is just around the corner, I can feel it, well most of the time. On that note, as we all know, once you get your seeds and seedlings in the ground, it is a large billboard to all of those hungry insects who need sustenance like us. The folks at Just Food have just the thing for you to attend if you so wish, have a look at the poster below:

Monday, 12 March 2018

Seed Saving

Hello fellow gardeners, I suspect that everyone is now getting a bit of the Spring fever and are raring to get out in the gardens especially after all of the recent warmer weather. But we must all wait a bit more.
Our friends at Just Food have asked us to post the following information:

"Dear Community Garden Coordinators,

We hope this email finds you well. We are sending you this message to announce our arrival into our new office and program space at the Just Food Farm! To kick off our "Red Barn Series", we are hosting a potluck and seed saving workshop facilitated by Kate Green from USC, right in our very own space at the farm. 

When: March 21st. Potluck from 6:00-7:30, Workshop from 7:30-9:00

Where: Just Food Farm at 2391 Pepin Ct, Gloucester.
As you all know, seed saving is an important facet of food security and we are so thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with great organizations to facilitate these awesome learning opportunities!  

I have attached the link to our facebook event, as well as our poster for distribution to your networks. Keep your eye on the Just food newsletter for other great workshop opportunities. 

 And as always, do not hesitate to contact any of our team for more information!

Best Wishes,


Alexandra Zannis

Community Engagement

Just Food



Monday, 20 November 2017

And a Happy late November day to everyone! Xmas is right around the corner with next year's gardening season to follow. Time to plan out next years garden plot and with that in mind please have a look at the information below regarding:
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                             June 16-24 juin 2018

Garden Days, a program of the Canadian Garden Council, is a joyful, country-wide celebration of the role of gardens in our communities and in our lives. The programs objective is to draw attention to Canadas garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship. We invite you to be part in this exciting national event!

Le programme du Conseil canadien du jardin, les Journées du Jardin, se veut un joyeux événement à l’échelle nationale qui célèbre le rôle des jardins dans nos communautés et dans nos vies quotidiennes. Lobjectif de ce programme est dattirer lattention sur la culture du jardin au Canada, sur son histoire et ses innovations. Aussi, les Journées du jardin se veut une occasion de souligner limportance des jardins publics et privés, des valeurs du jardinage domestique et la promotion de la bonne gestion de lenvironnement. Nous vous invitons à participer à cet événement national passionnant!

Gardens Ottawa / Jardins d'Ottawa

For more information visit the link at gardensottawa.ca or email us at info@gardensottawa.ca

Face Book: Gardens Ottawa
Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez gardensottawa.ca ou contactez-nous par courriel à info@gardensottawa.ca

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and on that note Louis has asked me to post the following information on the upcoming Clean Up Day which is scheduled for the Saturday following the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend.

Fall clean-up at Orient Park will occur on Saturday, October 14.  In case of persistent rain, the clean-up will take place the following day, Sunday, October 15.
Annual plots need to be cleared of large vegetation (e.g. corn stalks) and non-compostable items (netting, twine, soil covers, garden hoses and tools, tomato cages, sticks and supports, etc.) by Friday, October 13, at the latest.  GAGA cannot be held responsible for any items left on plots by clean-up day.  Clean-up day is not meant for clearing one’s individual plot; attendance by gardeners tending exclusively to their personal plot will not count towards the rebate for the 2018 season.
Volunteers are to arrive for 8:00 a.m., dress to suit the weather, and supply their own tools (pitch fork or spade) to move compost material.  Volunteers need to register their attendance with the official attendance-taker present that day.
There will be two trucks and one front-loader to assist with removing compostable materials and remaining garbage.
Volunteers will be required to:
- load garbage and non-compostable items into one truck;
- remove large organic matter from annual plots that were not cleared by that day (a list of gardeners in default or gardeners who did not remove non-compostable items from their annual plot will be compiled);
- bring small piles of organic matter left at the side of plots or in ditches to the middle of the road to facilitate removal by the contractor; and,
- load by pitch fork or by hand compost materials onto the truck.
With enough volunteers, clean-up should be done by 12:00 noon

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hello fellow gardeners! Here are a few more events/happenings that maybe of interest to some of you, compliments of our friends at Just Food:

Just Food is looking for volunteers for barn raising work days to get pre-fab trusses installed as a roof, if you have some time you can give, please let us know! 
Looking for volunteers with or without construction experience to assist.

Build days are this Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6 - working in three hourshifts between 8:00 am - 6:00 pm at the Just Food Farm (2389 Pepin Court).

Contact Phil at phil@justfood.ca to confirm when you will be able to attend.  Please wear closed toed shoes and bring water.

Hope to see you there! 

Here's a sneak preview for Just Food newsletter members of an upcoming free event celebrating Good Food in Ottawa.  Next week we'll send you the formal invitation with more details and ask that you also send throughout your networks, but for now, we just want you to know to hold the date and time:
Saturday, October 14th

Eaters from across Ottawa are invited to a celebration at Just Food Farm (2389 Pepin Court), put on by many partners:
·  Be the first to see the new community pavilion, new solar project showpiece, and the newly renovated community barn
·  Hear two inspiring young speakers who connect local to global food issues   
·  View a new community art show and new food forests
·  Celebrate the harvest and Ottawa’s rural life
·  Celebrate 20 years of community gardening in Ottawa
·  Listen to live musicians
·  Enjoy local food samples (free samples, food options for purchase, and also encouraging folks to bring your own picnics to enjoy on site)
·  Take a wagon ride or walking tour and learn more about what is growing at the farm
·  Enjoy a free sample of Beau’s craft beer
It's going to be a lot of fun! 
Let's celebrate Good Food together
The Just Food Team
(613) 699-6850


On Saturday, October 14th, between 11am-3pm, eaters from across Ottawa are invited to a celebration at Just Food Farm, with a special invitation to all past and present community gardening members, contributors, friends & family.
What are we celebrating? 
As a preview, did you know this is the 20th year of the Community Gardening Network (CGN)?  It's true!  In 1997, four communities came together to help start gardens and formed the initial Community Gardening Network, a Network devoted to resource sharing & collaboration on issues impacting its members. These gardens are still gardening today: Gloucester Allotment Gardens Association, Carlington Community Garden, Strathcona Heights Community Garden and Bytown Urban Garden (BUGs). 
Today we are proud to say that the CGN has 94 garden members all over Ottawa, in this its 20th year!  
To get to this number, Mayor Watson and City of Ottawa gave additional funds towards a community garden legacy project with the goal to start 20 new gardens in the past three years in time to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada.  Our community has achieved this all together!
This is truly something we can be proud.  We’re very proud of how community gardening has taken off over the last 20 years.  We’re proud that these projects are community owned & community led & we want to continue these traditions for the next 20 years.  As a Network we’ll continue to welcome more individuals, communities & gardens to be part of our shared growing gardening community.

Let's celebrate Good Food together!

The Just Food Team.