Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hello again everyone, please find below some information on Seed saving from our friends at Just Food.

We are continuing to celebrate Local Food Week!  This time today we wish to share some information on our seed programs & partners!

For farmers and experienced or large plot gardener please see the section below.

If you are on a small plot, a beginner gardener, or prefer to grow seeds for sharing with friends & neighbours, then participating in the Ottawa Seed Library is definitely of interest to you.

Ottawa Seed Library 
Much like a regular library, seed libraries allow participants to borrow, but instead of books participants can borrow seed!  Interested growers can borrow a few varieties of seed at the beginning of the year for free - all we ask is that you bring it back at the end of the year.  In this way, Ottawa Seed Library participants are able to learn the important art of seed saving, while at the same time allowing for more community members to get engaged.  Over time, more complex seeds will be available to be borrowed, as our collective skills as a community improve. Participants will receive training when seeds are accessed through Beginner Seed Saving workshops - hosted by resident experts. Throughout the season more activities will be planned that provide opportunities to exchange seeds, ideas & to learn from experienced growers.  Join the community today!  See below for details on how to get involved.

Thank you to the Ottawa Public Library & Your Credit Union for supporting the development of this program.

For Farmers & experienced gardeners with larger space

In addition to the Ottawa Seed Library, Just Food supports training & coordination for farm scale seed production though our regional seed program.

The Regional Seed Program works closely with the Bauta Initiative on Seed SecurityUSC-Canada, & Seed of Diversity to enhance our seed system & seed skills.  In the Ottawa region there are many opportunities to be involved.  If you are a vegetable grower, you can access seed & receive commercial level training on best practices for vegetable seed production. You then become part of a growing community of seed growers aiming to enhance the production of locally available seeds in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec.  This year our participants are growing out two new varieties of vegetables that should be of use to local growers - an early ripening red pepper and a powdery mildew resistance cucumber.  It provides us both a canvas to practice our craft, yet also provides a useful outcome for this region.

Interested grain growers are able to participate in the Public Participatory Plant Breeding Project, whereby local growers can access trial varieties from the University on Manitoba with the intent of creating new varieties of Wheat, Oats & Potatoes!  Here's a link to an upcoming field walk on July 14 with one of the regional Participants, Against the Grain Farms & the breeder, Dr. Martin Entz, from UMB.

Get Involved - Become a Seed Saver

Anyone interested in any of these seed saving initiatives can sign up for seed related information by checking the "Seed Saving programs," box at our Newsletter sign up page, or by send an email to You can also donate seeds to the Seed Library, or preserve a rare variety in our Regional seed bank - Please contact if you have seeds you would like to donate.

Nine out of every ten bites of food starts with seed - Food Security is Seed Security.  Together we can enhance our available seed so that it meets the needs of all types of growers in our region.

Happy Local Food Week!
From the Just Food Team
Hello fellow gardeners!

For those gardeners and their families who are interested please find below an invite to a Canada Day Event from Ms. Heather Scott the President of the Pineview Community Association:


I would like to warmly invite the Gloucester Community Gardens to attend our annual Canada Day in the Park at Meadowbrook Park. This annual family friend event is held on July 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year we are celebrating 150 years in Pineview! There will be live music, sporting demonstrations, face painting and plenty of activity stations for everyone. 

For more information, please follow the link to our Facebook Page: Canada Day in the Park: 150 Years in Pineview

Like many of our events, this event is volunteer run, so if you know someone who would like to volunteer with us for the day, please send us an email at We are still looking for volunteers to help with our toddler area, our craft station and supervising some of the event stations. 

Wishing you well, 

Heather Scott
President, Pineview Community Association 


All are welcome at Pineview’s family-friendly Canada Day Party on July 1st! An accessible and fun event for all ages! Our activity stations will showcase local Gloucester history and local community organizations. Planned free activities include crafts, face painting, bouncy castles, human board games, and a toddler play area.

Featuring a new central stage with a variety of hourly performances. Highlights include superheroes, live music, and sporting demonstrations. Pineview’s Canada Day in the Park will culminate with greatest tug of war contest in Pineview history!  
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hello everyone, hope your patience for the April Showers Continued has not run out yet as we await another few days of cold wet weather. Please find below another post from Jordan Bouchard of the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa for those gardeners who are interested: 

Discover Secret Eats, experience Early Nations food and entertainment, and take a Wine & Words Tour, all in rural Ottawa

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, and Just Food are pleased to announce four new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience, the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour, the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour, and the Wine & Words Tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Early Nations Culinary Experience

Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
966 Cameron St. (along the Ottawa River in Cumberland
This farm-to-table culinary event along the Ottawa River in the Village of Cumberland will invite guests, through food and entertainment, to reflect on the early nations who influenced Canada’s development.
A four-course meal will be prepared by:

  *   Chef Noah John Para, a Northern Cree from Saskatchewan and one of the leaders of modern aboriginal cuisine in Canada, working in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health;

  *   Executive Chef Ramsay Sillini of Ze Kitchen, Cumberland’s newest restaurant, which brings fusion design while embracing French flavours;

  *   Chef Stephane Frelon of Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.
Christine Friday, a professional dancer of 25 years of Temagami First Nation, will choreograph performances that incorporate both traditional and contemporary movement, representing Indigenous, English and French dance.
Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience are $170*, or $200* with wine pairings (*plus tax and service charges).
Presented in collaboration with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Savour Ottawa.

To purchase tickets, visit<

Secret Eats Tour – Rideau-Goulbourn

Sunday, June 25

First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level.

Guests are invited to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward!

Hosted by Scott Moffatt, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa.

Tickets for the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

To purchase tickets, visit<

Wine & Words Tour

Saturday, July 15

First Tour: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Trim Road Park & Ride.

Calling lovers of wine, literature, and local foods! This tour will take participants to three different vineyards located within Ottawa: Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault and Jabulani.

At each winery visitors will learn about the different ways the harvest is grown, selected and blended. Participants will also learn about the fermentation process that turns your everyday grape into something truly divine.

Chosen authors will read from their works against the backdrop of these charming wineries as guests savour the local terroir. Wine tasting will be accompanied by local food products.

Santé! Cheers!

Tickets for the Wine & Words Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Trim Road Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

To purchase tickets, visit<

Secret Eats Tour - Cumberland

Sunday, August 6

First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Place d’Orleans Transitway Station, located across from Place D’Orleans on the north side of Hwy 174.

Hosted by Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, this Secret Eats tour will tantalize the taste buds and introduce a new world of agri-tourism destinations, just a short drive from downtown.

This culinary adventure will consist of four stops, where participants will tour a Secret Eats location, and sample a local delight from among the diverse and delicious offerings of Ottawa’s bountiful countryside.

Guests will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to making Cumberland what it is today.

Tickets for the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Place D’Orleans Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

To purchase tickets, visit

Agri 150<
http://esfsecev-ty3013> is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (<http://esfsecev-ty3013> #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (<http://esfsecev-ty3013> #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Hello again with another post from Jordan Bouchard of the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa:
"From: [] On Behalf Of Community Gardening
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: City Potting Soil Access

Hello Everyone,

The City of Ottawa has additional potting soil for amending your beds available free of charge from the Trail Road facility:,+Richmond,+ON+K0A+2Z0/@45.233951,-75.7760525,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4ccdfb4e7c96bb27:0xbcf912ed1ad084bd!8m2!3d45.233951!4d-75.7738638?hl=en 
 If you are interested in accessing this resource let me know & I'll ensure you are set up to do so.  You'd have to either rent a truck, or bring your vehicle/shovels to the facility to pick it up.  Unless you have a tri-axle dump truck, potting soil would have be loaded by hand, by yourself.

This is a good resource for gardens that wish to add some fertility to your plots.  Mixing this into your raised beds (for you raised bed gardeners) can go a long way.  For those of you with large in-ground plots, it may be worth renting a truck to pick up a big load!  

Each garden is entitled to 1 yard per plot (although for smaller beds <100 square feet this would be way too much), while supplies last.

Thanks & have a great day,


Jordan Bouchard
Just Food
Community Gardening Network of Ottawa
Community Garden Development Fund
613-699-6850 x12   "
Hello everyone! Please find a quick note from Mr. Jordan Bouchard from the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa:

"  From: [] On Behalf Of Community Gardening
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:19 AM
Subject: Welcome & Introductions!

Hello Everyone!
This is a thread I want to create to get everyone more familiar with the system & each other
Please reply to this thread to see how easy it is to respond to group queries!  You can tell us a bit about yourself, how long you have been growing & your favourite plant to grow!
To create other threads, just use the email address with the "" domain & all members of the Group will receive the email!

I'll go first.  

I'm Jordan Bouchard I have been living in Ottawa for almost a decade at this point -  I moved to Ottawa to attend university & I never left.  My roots are based in the prairies, as I grew up in Southern Saskatchewan on a grain & hog farm, which is where my interest in the Food & Agriculture system was sown.  I have now been with Just Food for 3 years.  

My favourite crop to grow is winter squash.  Provided you have the room to grow it, I find it to be an incredibly worthwhile crop to grow due to it's astonishing yield & easy storability. The diversity of shapes, styles, sizes, & flavours is also very exciting to me. I also find it to be an easy crop to grow, as it seems to grow very well in our hot short seasons here in the Ottawa Valley!

Thanks everyone!  I'm really looking forward to our 2017 season.


Jordan Bouchard
Just Food
Community Gardening Network of Ottawa
Community Garden Development Fund
613-699-6850 x12
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Happy Spring everyone!! Just a quick note from the Coordinator of the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa:

Want Dirt? Got Dirt?

Dirtmasters - Networking event for new farmers and landowners, hosted in partnership by Just Food and NFU-O Local 362

Are you a landowner looking for someone to farm a couple of acres (or less, or more - it's up to you!)? Are you a farmer looking for land? Join us for the first ever Dirtmasters event, Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. EDT at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa [free event and free parking in back + street parking].

This networking event will include a short presentation on the question "What do you need to know about making a fair deal for farmland?". Think you have your own personal insights to offer, based on experience? Come on down, or contact<> to share.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about land tenancy: we'll have preliminary info on land agreements, access, leases, loans, mortgages, farm finances, along with where to go to get your hands on more!

With full introductions, you just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive panorama, or a landlord with the space-and the opportunity-that you've been looking for! At the same time, you will connect with Just Food, NFU, and networks of folks who can helps you with your next steps, and your next questions.

Refreshments provided!

Location: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa

Please RSVP:<http://esfsecev-ty3013>

This event is brought to you by Just Food and NFU-O Local 362

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Hello fellow gardeners, I hope you have all been paying attention to the Groundhog as he has predicted an early Spring. And on that note please find below an invitation for those who are interested to attend a garden forum:

OTTAWA GARDEN FORUM - February 11, 2017from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Sandy Hill Community Centre. 250 Somerset East
Hosted by: Landscape Ontario Ottawa Chapter
The objective of this Garden Forum is to bring all garden enthusiasts together to work collaboratively in making Ottawa a better garden community and to promote the value of gardening and gardens. This is an opportunity to find out what is happening and what is being planned for in 2017. The Forum is open to everyone, there is no fee to attend, so please share this information in your network.
Please advise us of your participation by sending an email to
1 pm – Welcome by hosts: Ottawa Landscape Ontario; Ottawa Garden Network
1:05 – Ottawa Garden Network Update – Gérald Lajeunesse/Michel Gauthier
·         Growing Our Markets project outline
·         Ottawa Garden Network mandate and activities
1:30 – Ottawa Garden Days – June 9 – 18, 2017
·         What is being planned and how you can engage with Garden Days 2017
·         Ottawa’s Official Garden Day
·         Introduction of the Ottawa Garden Days Spokesperson
1:45 –Gardens – Update
·         Front Yard Gardens  and Bylaws
·         Greenscaping Pilot project
·         Rain Gardens
·         Canadensis
2:10 – Coffee Break
2:20 – Gardens and Ottawa 2017 - 150th Celebration
·         Branding Ottawa as “A City of Gardens”
·         Just Food 150th Activities
·         The Garden Promenade
·         Front Yard Garden Registry  and Awards
·         Canadian Tulip Festival 65th Anniversary
·         Special Garden Events – What kind of events can be organized to celebrate the value and benefits of gardens for the summer of 2017
2:50 – Other Garden News from the participants
3:00 – Adjournment


Happy garden planning everyone!