Just Food News and Events April 2018

Just Food Events April, 2018

Just Food News and Events
1. Call out for volunteers for Just Food's Anniversary Event on April 29th
Please contact Talia if you're interested in volunteering ( 613 824 7771)
Specific jobs we're looking for:
Volunteering at the Kid's Table
If you can you paint faces or have a great story telling voice
Menders and Fixers for the Repair Café
If you enjoy teaching, fixing and working one on one, and can repair small appliances, gardening tools, or if you can mend

2. Need A Rain-barrel? One day left to purchase one with Just Food!
If you are looking to purchase rain barrels or equipment, check out our sale's website: Just Food receives $10.00 from every rain barrel sale and $2.00 per downspout. In buying rain barrels through Just Food's fundraiser, you are supporting all of our important initiatives and programs!
Pickup on our 15th anniversary, April 29th! Sales will end April 19th so make sure to purchase before then.Check out

3. April 19, 24, 26th and May 3 | Gloucester and Orleans Where's the Food Community Assessment:
If you're in the Orleans/Gloucester area, specifically K1C, K1J and K1B (Pineview)
Join us in a discussion to map out food resources in the community and to find gaps in programs and services related to food.
April 19, 3-4:30pm
Ottawa Public Library North Gloucester

April 24, 4pm
Gloucester Senior Adult Centre

April 26, 2pm May 3, 7pm
Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard
Sign up for a session here, or call Erin at the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard 613 749 4728

4. April 19 | Seed Saving at Dalhousie Community Garden - with Jordan Bouchard
Join Jordan, coordinator of the Community Gardening Network in learning how to save seeds from your garden.
You'll also have access to the Ottawa Seed Library: free seeds for you to grow!
Save a portion with your new seed-saving skills. Return a few of your saved seeds, just like a book library.
(But you get to keep most of the seeds for the next season!)
WHERE: Dalhousie Community Association, 755 Somerset West
WHEN: 7-9pm
Cost: $5 or pay what you can

5. April 24 - May 2018 | Collective Kitchen Facilitator Training
Only one spot left in the Collective Kitchen Facilitator Training! We are also taking names for future sessions.
If you are looking to start or facilitate a collective kitchen, the Collective Kitchen Facilitator training will include all the information necessary to start one, including different models, setting up the kitchen, recruitment, facilitation, logistics, planning and coordinating on the day, financing, basic food safety and more! It will also include a collective cooking experience together.
A Collective Kitchen is a place where a group of people cook food together, to share together, take home, give or sell, and can be organized by agencies or individual volunteers. People start collective kitchens for many different reasons: to share and learn food skills, to make healthy and affordable food, to use leadership skills, to break isolation and to feel more connected to the community.
Dates: 4 Tuesdays: April 24, May 1, 8 & 15
WHEN: all 9:30 am-12:30pm, except May 1st, which ends at 1:30
WHERE: Just Food Farm Red Barn, 2391 Pépin Court, May 1st session at the Rideau Rockcliffe CRC kitchen
If you are interested in the course but are unavailable at these times, if the cost is prohibitive, or if you have additional questions, please contact Talia at Just Food: 613-824-7771 or
Cost: $100 + tax

6. April 24 | Container Gardening at the Mechanicsville Innovation Garden
Create a productive garden in your small spaces: be it your backyard, front yard, balcony, and everything between.
WHERE: Cours Bayview Yards, 7 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2C5
WHEN: 7-9pm
Cost: $5 or pay what you can
For more information, click here

7. April 25th | April Red Barn Potluck
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Free
WHERE: Just Food Farm Red Barn, 2391 Pépin Court
Come join Just Food at the monthly potluck in the Red Barn. Connect with staff, volunteers, the Board of Just Food, and your community. Each month Just Food will host one community potluck, followed by a workshop, event, panel and more. Feel free to come to one or both. Please label the ingredients in your dishes, in case of allergies.
Please let us know if you're coming

8. April 25 | Natural Pest Control Workshop with Rob Danforth
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - $5 or pay what you can
Looking for ways to control your pests this growing season? How about not getting them in the first place!

At this workshop attendees will learn ways to deal with pests, about beneficial insects and more!
WHERE: Just Food Farm Red Barn, 2391 Pépin Court
Please let us know if you're coming

9. April 29 | Check out the Schedule of Just Food's 15th Anniversary Event!
Join us at Just Food’s 15th Anniversary Celebration with a full day of free activities for all! Bring your boots, and come down for a spring day at the Farm.
WHEN: 11am-4pm
WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pépin Court
Please let us know if you're coming to the Anniversary Event
All day:
The Ottawa Tool Library Repair Café will be fixing broken or torn items. Learn more, and sign up here
Take an educational ride around the Just Food Farm on our Wagon Ride Tours (weather-dependent).
Meet some of the Just Food farmers and enjoy a local popcorn treat!
Bring your boots and be part of setting up the Donate-a-Row Garden, with all produce harvested going to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard
11am-1pm: Drop-In Seedling Plant-pot making (kid-friendly)
Join the Wild Pollinator Partners to make seedling pots with wild, native plants to support wild pollinators
11:30-1pm: Beginner Organic Gardening Workshop
This workshop will focus on growing common vegetable varieties in the Ottawa region – without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
1-2pm: Bike Tune up
Join the repair café to tune up your bike and get it ready for the season
2-3:30pm: Nature Walk (for kids and parents)
Join Earth Path educators for a stroll into the woods, where we will play a nature-based game, tell a story around the campfire, and explore the plants and animals living there.
Earth Path connects people to nature by offering nature school programs for children, field walks for adults, and professional development for teachers, aiming to support the growth of healthy, whole communities.
3-4:30pm: Container Gardening Workshop
Create a productive garden in your small spaces: be it your backyards, front yard, balcony, and everything in between.
Please let us know if you're coming to the Anniversary Event

10. Early Bird Registration for the Urban Farming Training with Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone is a successful small farmer who grows $100,000 of vegetable production on 5 urban lots totaling a quarter acre.Come to this full-day training to learn about Curtis's systems and get started on your own Urban Farm.

Lean about:
- Curtis's production system
- The business of Urban Farming
- Site selection & building your farm
- Equipment and crop planning for small-scale and MORE!
WHEN: Sunday, June 24 at 9 AM - 3 PM
WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pépin Court
Early Bird Cost: 115 + tax
Get your Early Bird Tickets today
Other Community News and Events
11. April 21, Earth Day Ottawa Park Summit
Each year (on the weekend of Earth Day), Ecology Ottawa celebrates parks by organizing an annual Park Summit, that highlights inspiring groups that are active in parks. The idea is that when communities get involved, parks get better.
Just Food will be there with the Community Gardening Network and Ottawa Seed Library. Sign up, for free seeds to grow out. Get your questions answered around community gardening.
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, followed by the Earth Day Party starting at 8 p.m.
WHERE: allsaints Event Space, 10 Blackburn Ave
For more information, click here

12. May 8 | Unusual Edibles: Growing the Uncommon
WHEN: Tuesday May 8 from 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout
• Did you know there’s a root vegetable that tastes like oysters?
• What about an orange tree that will give you tiny oranges yet is small enough to grow in your window?
• Learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful edibles that can be grown right here in your home and yard.
• Find out how to grow the uncommon and unexpected for your plate.
• Esther Bryan is a Master Gardener with MG Ottawa-Carleton who has a passion for growing unusual and interesting vegetables.
Cost: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members
For more information Email or call 613-230-3276

13. May 13 | 'Friends of the Farm' Plant Sale
WHEN: Sunday May 13 from 9am to 1pm RAIN OR SHINE
WHERE: Parking lot beside K.W. Neatby Bldg at Carling & Maple Drive, follow the signs
• Over 30 of the region’s specialty growers and nursery vendors
• Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton on hand with free advice on all your gardening questions
• Friends popular ‘plant coat check’ service is under the canopy – keep your hands free while shopping and volunteers help carry your treasures to your vehicle
Cost: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted
INFO: Email or call 613-230-3276

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