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,