3:30 p.m., Feb. 18)
Just Food Farm receives $248K grant to renovate heritage
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Just Food Farm in Blackburn Hamlet has received a $246,800
grant from the provincial government to renovate and retrofit
a 70-year-old barn on the site that is currently without
heat, electricity and plumbing.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde (bottom centre) enjoys
a tour of the heritage barn that will soon
be undergoing a major renovation and retrofit.
grant is part of the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program
aimed at helping nonprofit organizations renovate, repair
and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure.
For Food is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable
farming through education and training workshops for start
up farmers, and strategic partnerships with groups and
like the the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa, Operation
Come Home, Radical Homestead, The Wild Garden, and Earth
grant will help Just Food realize its potential to connect
and enrich the community for decades to come," said
Just Food board chair Particle Ballamingie. "A renewed
barn will provide much needed three season community event
space for educational food literacy workshops, community
gatherings, local food celebrations and public events."
renovations will be done using recycled building materials
and will include green energy practices including the
installation of a composting toilet.
two storey timber and corrugated steel barn was withstood
the test of time, but it was built to store hay 365 days
of the year, not people and certainly not year-round.
providing space for community groups, a renewed barn will
also provide on-site office space for Just Food Farm staff
and their partners, and storage space for tools and implements,
as well as space for drying herbs.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde was on hand for Friday's announcement.
Ontario 150 Community Capital Program) gives us spaces
to come together, to be active or to honour our heritage,
in this case, honouring our agricultural heritage,"
said Lalonde. "Our government is helping Ottawa-Orléans
strengthen community infrastructure that makes a difference
in our everyday lives."
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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