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Mike Shreiner to Speak About Food Security in Ottawa


Greetings, Ottawa West – Nepean Greens!

On Tuesday, the Eighteenth of March the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mike Schreiner, will be giving a talk on food security near the University of Ottawa campus. The event is being organised by the uOttawa Greens, and will commence at 7.30 p.m. in the basement of the Royal Oak Pub at 161 Laurier Avenue East. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. Individuals are encouraged to bring questions about food security, farming, and water conservation for Mike to answer. This is a great opportunity for party members as well as prospective supporters to meet the Green Party leader, learn about the politics of food, and familiarise themselves with Green Party policy in anticipation of a provincial election in the spring. For further details please visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/535908526524705 or contact me. I look forward to seeing on the 18 March at 7.30 p.m.!

Best Regards,

Melanie RansomPresident, Ottawa West – Nepean Greens

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This is a single weblog entry, posted on March 12th, 2014. Comment here »


Introduction to Biodynamic Farming and Gardening

Want to learn more about biodynamic farming? We are hosting a 10 part (one Sunday per month) introductory course on biodynamic farming starting April 27th. I took this series of courses myself back in 2008 when Titia Posthuma was teaching the class. I found the sessions to be very useful tools at shaping my view and understanding of biodynamic agriculture, and how it could manifest itself on my farm. There is a good balance of conceptual and practical knowledge being shared. Rosemary Taylor has taken Titia’s curriculum and I look forward to working with her on this important project. Take a look at the brochure for more details, and don’t hesitate to contact me or Rosemary for more information.

Intro Course Brochure

This is a single weblog entry, posted on March 5th, 2014. Comment here »


Eco Farm Day 2014

CORNWALL, ON, January 23, 2014 – The organic sector continues to grow steadily, with sales reaching nearly $3 billion in 2012. Recent news reports about pesticide residues found in organic produce have sparked a wider conversation about what organic agriculture has to offer to safety-conscious consumers seeking healthy food for their families.  This conversation is welcomed by those in the organic industry as an opportunity to highlight the real and proven reasons to choose organic food at the grocery store.  It is also a call to action – it is more important than ever for farmers to produce the healthy organic food that consumers continue to demand.
Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa – St. Lawrence – Outaouais Chapter (COG OSO) presents Eco Farm Day 2014, the annual farming conference dedicated to enabling farmers to achieve agricultural, environmental and economic success on their farms using organic methods.  This year’s theme is titled “Getting to the Roots: Successful Organic Farming” and is designed to provide useful and practical information for experienced organic producers as well as those interested in applying organic methods on their farms.  The program will include researchers, farmers, and the audience in interactive sessions on livestock, field crop, and market farm production.
COG OSO is excited to be working this year with other regional organizations that are sponsoring portions of the program:

–       Organic Meadow is presenting forage specialist Guy Forand, an expert in profitable forage production for field crop rotations, and Dr. Susan Beal, a holistic veterinarian who will discuss organic herd health management.

–          From the University of Guelph’s Alfred Campus, we welcome Drs. Renée Bergeron and Eva Vasseur on organic animal welfare, and Dr. Peter Kevan on promoting pollinators for organic field crops.

–        Ecological Farmers of Ontario are assembling a market grower panel on the planning tools and methods available for improving profitability; panelists include Jean-Martin Fortier (Les Jardins de la Grelinette), Ian Stutt (Patchwork Gardens), and Tim Noxon (Vicki’s Veggies).

         The Organic Council of Ontario is presenting Jodi Koberinski on communicating the health benefits of organic food to the public.

        The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is presenting a session on the considerations for growing heritage grain varieties.

Other program highlights include:

     Matt Holmes of the Canadian Organic Trade Association on the organic market outlook and a response to recent press on organics and pesticide residues

     An in-depth session with Jean-Martin Fortier, author of “le jardinier-maraîcher” on building a successful market farming business on small acreage using bio-intensive methods.

     Ken Taylor on choosing and developing perennial genetics for agroforestry

     A screening of the new National Film Board documentary Island Green, which examines the push to transition Prince Edward Island completely organic.

Eco Farm Day is an excellent networking opportunity, with a trade show exhibiting associations, farm inputs and equipment, marketing companies, and farm produce.  Our program is designed to provide opportunity to interact with presenters, panelists, and other audience members.
This year’s event will take place on February 22, 2014, at the Ramada Inn on Brookdale Ave in Cornwall, ON.  Doors will open at 8 AM and the program will run from 9 AM until 4 PM.  The registration fee for the event, including an organic lunch, is $50 by February 10th, or $60 at the door.  A $10 discount is available with membership in Canadian Organic Growers or Organic Meadow.
For more information and program details as they are confirmed, visit the Eco Farm Day 2014 website at www.ecofarmday.ca.
About Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa – St. Lawrence – Outaouais (COG OSO): Our mission is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.  Over the last 30 years we have been delivering programs and services for farmers, gardeners, educators, and folks who care about healthy food and healthy environments.  We continue to develop these resources and invite everyone to benefit!
COG OSO’s membership base extends from the St. Lawrence River to the Outaouais in Western Quebec, and encompasses all of the Ottawa Valley.
As a regional chapter of a registered national charity, COG OSO focuses its work on providing primarily educational services.  We are not a trade association, nor are we a lobby organization, although we certainly are glad to get involved and contribute to public discussions around healthy food production systems.  For example, COG was one of the many organizations involved in advising the federal government on the development of the Canadian Organic Standards.
Visit www.cog.ca/ottawa/ for more information about our organization.
Contact Information:
Simon Neufeld, Conference Chair
613-244-4000 ext. 4
Bill Barkley, Trade Show organizer


This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 12th, 2014. Comment here »


Internship Positions Available

Positions available: Fulltime Fullseason Internship-2

Duration: Mid April – Mid November (can be extended if desired)

Riverglen Farm is an organic/biodynamic farm located in Ottawa’s Greenbelt, just 20 minutes drive or 1 hour bike from downtown. This 112 acre heritage site is located in the west end of the city, surrounded by Greenbelt forest and wetlands, on the banks of the Ottawa river. We pack about 100 vegetable shares a week for our CSA, and also sell vegetables directly from our farm store. Chicken, beef and eggs are sold from the farm store when available. We keep geese to help with grass cutting and tend to a young, small orchard, which is not yet in production.

Position description:

We are seeking 2 solid persons with clear minds to help with farm tasks this summer. Vegetable production, harvest and processing will make up the core of the workload. We use a walk-behind Grillo tractor and hand tools in the garden, so the work is quite physical. There are also daily animal chores to share, as well as general upkeep and maintenance tasks to carry out. Examples include fencing, mucking out animal enclosures, mowing, cleaning up storage and work areas, gathering firewood, applying biodynamic preparations, etc.

The typical workweek is Monday to Friday, in addition to Saturday farm store duties on a rotational schedule. We typically start work at 8am or 7am, depending on the time of year. Everyone is expected to take a turn preparing lunch for the rest of team, which is our biggest meal of the day. To avoid working in the heat, we often break from noon to 2pm. Depending on the season, weather and workload, we typically finish field work around 6 or 7pm. Some tasks may exceed normal work hours such as animal chores and garden irrigation duties.


In exchange for a commitment to a full season, a dedicated work attitude and an eagerness to learn, a weekly stipend of $100/week is offered on top of room, farm produce and basic groceries. You are responsible for your own snacks, treats and specialty food items. It is very important to the farm’s operation that interns complete their season, so please take this commitment seriously. In return, we will take the time to train you on various tasks and tools as they evolve through the seasons, provide access to a library of books, take you on monthly visits to neighbouring farms and spend time explaining how we plan and manage our operation. To show our appreciation and to help you on the next step of your journey you will be awarded a $400 bonus when you complete your season at the prearranged time.


Ideally, full season interns live at the farm. You will have your own private bedroom, as well as access to wireless internet and our laundry machine. We will be sharing the house kitchen, but you are encouraged to use the summer kitchen outside during the warm parts of the year. This implies a willingness to participate in house cleaning chores.

How to apply:

Write a few paragraphs about the reasons why you want to join the farm crew and what you feel you have bring to it. Send it along with any questions to: info(at)riverglenfarm.ca

This is a single weblog entry, posted on January 23rd, 2014. Comment here »


A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

March 4 & 5
The Right to Food in Canada? A conversation with Olivier de Schutter,
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Le droit à l’alimentation au Canada, Une conversation avec Olivier de Schutter,
le rapporteur spécial de l’ONU pour le droit à l’alimentation
This interactive webinar, broadcast from Geneva, will bring together communities from across Canada. A special invitation is extended to community food security advocates and local, provincial and federal politicians.
Ce webinaire interactif, diffusé à partir de Genève, réunira des communautés de partout au Canada. Une invitation spéciale est lancée aux groupes d’action communautaires pour la sécurité alimentaire et aux politiciens locaux, provinciaux et fédéraux.
In English:
Monday March 4, 12-1:30pm
Carleton University
Southam Hall
Room SA 303
1125 Colonel By Drive
En français:
Mardi le 5 mars, 12h à 13h30
Université d’Ottawa
Colonel By Hall
Salle CBY 206C
161 Louis-Pasteur
Olivier de Schutter visited Canada in May 2012 to analyze Canada’s food security situation and report to the UN. His visit launched a national debate, with many welcoming his intervention, and others criticizing it.
For details:
De Schutter’s report was tabled December 24:
This event, organized by Food Secure Canada (http://foodsecurecanada.org/) will be his first direct communication with Canadians on his findings.
Olivier de Schutter a visité le Canada en mai 2012, pour analyser la situation de sécurité alimentaire canadienne et la rapporter à l’ONU. Sa visite a initié un débat national, qui a suscité des interventions favorables, mais aussi des critiques.
Pour plus de détails:
Le rapport a été déposé le 24 décembre dernier:
Cet évènement, organisé par Sécurité alimentaire Canada
(http://foodsecurecanada.org/fr), sera la première présentation de ses conclusions
aux Canadiennes et Canadiens.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 22nd, 2013. Comment here »