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



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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.


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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
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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! 
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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
11am-3pm

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
info@justfood.ca
(613) 699-6850


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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.


 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hello again everyone, please find below some more information compliments of our friends over at Just Food.


September 2017 Newsletter

Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region  

Just Food News and Events

Other Community News and Events 

If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here. If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.         
Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


Just Food News and Events  
1. Sept 14 - 17, Sept 21 - 24, and Sept 28 - Oct 1 | Three More Rural Fairs
Just Food in partnership with Ottawa 2017 as a part of the Agri 150 program would like to promote the following fairs. 
Richmond Fair – September 14 to 17
Fun for the whole family! The Richmond Fair showcases agriculture through arts, crafts, animals and more.  Plus, enjoy live music shows, aerial shows, rock climbing, reptile shows and BMX Bike shows!
More info – Click here 

Carp Fair – Sept 21 to 24
154th Annual Carp Fair – where rural meets the City! There’s something for everyone: many livestock exhibitors, heavy horses parade, antique display, local artisans, petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and more! Bring your family out for a true agricultural experience!
More info – Click here

Metcalfe – September 28 to October 1
2017 will mark the 161st anniversary of this fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. Participate in a variety of events such as the demolition derby, the classic car show and the Fiddling & Step Dancing Competition.
More info – Click here

2. Sept 16 - 24 | Celebrate Organic Week

What is Organic Week? Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.


Wondering how you can celebrate Organic Week?  
·  Check out our Buy Local Food Guide, find a local farmer/farmers market and purchase their organic produce. 
·  Learn what organic means for farming. 
·  Volunteer, join us at the Just Food Farm on Sept 21 for a work day on our Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row Project.
·  Grow your own vegetables, check out this great guide created by Ottawa's Community Gardening Network. 

3. Sept 24 | Enviro Cycle Tour
Come experience the countryside by bicycle, and visit some of the eco-friendly businesses and public spaces in Ottawa’s rural area.
There are two options: tackle the entire 72 km route with your own bike, or bus part way and cycle the 21 km route with a bike provided by RentABike. Whichever route you choose, all attendees will get the pleasure of visiting Castor River Farm, a sustainable off-grid farm, SunTech Greenhouses, where vegetables are grown year-round, and W.A. Taylor Conservation area for a rest between, as you sample Savour Ottawa treats.
So, hop on and let your RentABike guides and local farmers bring you on a day full of fun, learning, and exercise!

This Agri 150 event is brought to you by Ottawa 2017, Ottawa RentABike, and Just Food.

Click here for more information.



4. Sept 24 | Seed Saving at the Ottawa Tool Library
Join CGN Coordinator Jordan Bouchard and connect with other makers at the Ottawa Tool Library. Learn foundational concepts to seed saving, with some specific instruction on some good beginner vegetables, as well as how you can contribute to your local seed libraries each year!

Click here for more information.

5. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop
So you’ve figured out how to produce good quality seed, but now how do you clean it so that it looks like it does in a seed pack?  Join us on September 30 from 10:00 - 1:00 at Greta's Organic Gardens and learn how to clean vegetable seed from resident expert Greta Kryger. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale.  This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot. Save your spot.

Register today!

6. Volunteer with Just Food
New Roots & Plant-a-Row, Donate-A-Row Gardening
Interested in trying gardening at a larger scale while contributing to a local emergency food cupboard. Just Food has a volunteer-driven garden on our site in Blackburn Hamlet. Come help harvest & weed the garden on every other Thursday in September (next up is September 21st) at 6:00 pm in Blackburn Hamlet at 2389 Pepin Court.
Let us know you're coming by emailing us at info@justfood.ca
Experienced Tool Users Needed!

Two experienced people on cordless drills are needed to screw down the metal sheets at the base of the barn [ground level]—to assist with Just Food's efforts to animal-proof the new barn reno!

CONTACT: Christine at administration@justfood.ca

Barn Raising!


To assist with roof construction using pre-fab trusses. Looking for volunteers with or without construction experience to assist. Date in the next couple of weeks to be confirmed.

CONTACT: Christine at administration@justfood.ca if interested. 


Other Community News and Events


7. Sept 19 | The à la carte Food Film Festival
As part of the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy and Canada 150 programming is presenting the à la carte Food Film Festival on Tuesday, September 19 at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau Street). The event is free and no registration is required.
Please visit the food literacy webpage for more information.

8. Sept 24 | Farm Dream Design Workshop at the Kula Farm
If you've ever thought of moving to the country or you already own a rural property and you want to get back to the land, grow some of your own food and start building your vision - big or small
·  Take an in-depth tour of organic farm and a step-by-step look at how Kula Farm got to where they are today from a bare piece of land 8 years ago
·  Get a view into all of the time, money and energy saving lessons they've learned along the way
·  Get custom advice to properly scale your unique dream to your unique resources for success, including land, finance and environment; where you should be prioritizing your time, money and energy right now
9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design
Join a detailed tour of two sites with two local authors.  We'll start the day with a quick intro on "what is permaculture?".  The tour will visit Kula Permaculture Farm and Aster Lane Edibles.  Cost: $59, includes HST.  
10. Oct 12 | Eco Fest with Ecology Ottawa
On October 12th 2017, at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating their 10th anniversary by hosting EcoFest – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community. Come celebrate! Hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy vegetarian/vegan food from local restaurants, sip on beer from Ottawa’s finest craft breweries, watch live art installations, bid on exciting auction prizes, network with like-minded Ottawa residents and explore all the innovative green businesses, organizations and initiatives Ottawa has to offer.

If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here.  If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.
Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10





Hey Folks,

Just wanted to pass you information on an upcoming rural bike tour as part of Just Food's Agri 150 program.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Jordan
For immediate release
September 8, 2017

Experience rural Ottawa by bike with the Enviro-Cycle Tour

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon for Ottawa 2017’s
newest Agri 150 event

Ottawa –Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce the newest Agri 150 experience. Tickets for the Enviro-Cycle Tour go on sale tomorrow at noon.


ENVIRO-CYCLE TOUR ($)                                                                                                       
Sunday, September 24
First tour group (72 km): 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Second tour group (21 km): 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tour shuttle for Group 2 will depart from OC Transpo’s Leitrim Park & Ride, at 4600 Gilligan Rd.

Come experience the countryside by bicycle, and visit some of the eco-friendly businesses and public spaces in Ottawa’s rural area.

There are two options: tackle the entire 72 km route with your own bike, or bus part way and cycle the 21 km route with a bike provided by RentABike. Whichever route you choose, all attendees will get the pleasure of visiting Castor River Farm, a sustainable off-grid farm, SunTech Greenhouses, where vegetables are grown year-round, and W.A. Taylor Conservation area for a rest between, as you sample Savour Ottawa treats. So, hop on and let your RentABike guides and local farmers bring you on a day full of fun, learning, and exercise!

Tickets prices:
$20 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 1 (72 km / bring-your-own-bike)
$40 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 2 (21 km / bus and RentABike provided)

A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Leitrim 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.

Presented in collaboration with RentABike.ca, Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Agri 150 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. 

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa(#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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Media information:

Ottawa 2017
Denise LeBlanc - Manager, Media Relations
613-858-1506



  


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Pour diffusion immédiate
Le 8 septembre 2017

Découvrez le secteur rural d’Ottawa en bicyclette avec la Visite écolo à vélo

Billets en vente ce samedi à midi pour
une nouvelle expérience Agri 150 d’Ottawa 2017

Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, en collaboration avec le partenaire principal d’Ottawa 2017 la Banque CIBC, sont heureux d’annoncer un nouvel événement Agri 150. Les billets pour la Visite écolo à vélo seront en vente demain dès midi.

VISITE ÉCOLO À VÉLO ($)                                                                                          
Le dimanche 24 septembre
Premier groupe (promenade de 72 km) : de 9 h à 14 h 45
Second groupe (promenade de 21 km) : de 11 h à 16 h 30
La navette pour le Second groupe partira du parc-o-bus Leitrim au 4600, rue Gilligan

Venez parcourir la campagne à vélo et profitez-en pour visiter quelques entreprises et lieux publics écologiques du secteur rural d’Ottawa.

Vous pouvez, au choix, faire le parcours complet de 72 km sur votre propre vélo ou le faire en partie en autocar puis franchir 21 km sur un vélo fourni par RentABike. Quelle que soit la formule choisie, tous les participants auront le plaisir de visiter Castor River Farm, une ferme hors réseau pratiquant l’agriculture durable, les Serres SunTech, où l’on cultive des légumes toute l’année, et l’aire de conservation W.A. Taylor, où l’on fera une pause en goûtant des bouchées Savourez Ottawa. Allez, hop! Les guides de RentABike et les agriculteurs locaux vous attendent pour une journée entière de plaisir, d’apprentissage et d’exercice!

Le prix des billets :
20 $ (taxes et frais de service en sus) pour le Premier groupe (promenade de 72 km / avec leur propre vélo)
40 $ (taxes et frais de service en sus) pour le Second groupe (promenade de 21 km / autocar et vélo fournis) 

Votre billet vous donne droit au passage gratuit à bord des autobus de tous les circuits d’OC Transpo vers et depuis le parc-o-bus Leitrim. Vous devrez montrer votre billet au chauffeur en montant dans l’autobus. Ce service gratuit sera en vigueur trois heures avant et trois heures après la visite.

Présenté en collaboration avec RentABike.ca, Savourez Ottawa et Alimentation juste.

Pour vous procurer des billets, rendez-vous au Ottawa2017.ca.

Agri 150 est un programme d’Ottawa 2017 géré par Alimentation juste dans le but de stimuler le tourisme rural pendant les célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada dans la capitale nationale et pour des années à venir. Plus de 20 événements uniques auront lieu au cours de l’année pour permettre aux gens de découvrir nos collectivités rurales pendant les quatre saisons et d'enrichir leurs connaissances et leur appréciation des ressources rurales, tout en profitant d'aventures stimulantes.

Ottawa 2017 remercie son partenaire principal la Banque CIBC, son partenaire majeur Bell, le gouvernement de l’Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) et le gouvernement du Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) pour leur contribution afin d’aider à présenter, pendant 12 mois, des événements audacieux, des expériences immersives et des célébrations extraordinaires.

Tenez-vous au courant des célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada dans la capitale. Visitez ottawa2017.ca, suivez-nous sur Twitter @Ottawa2017_fr (#Ottawa2017) et sur Facebook.

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Renseignements aux médias :
Ottawa 2017
Denise LeBlanc, gestionnaire, relations avec les médias
613-858-1506