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(Posted 3:30 p.m., Feb. 18)
Just Food Farm receives $248K grant to renovate heritage barn

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde (bottom centre) enjoys a tour of the heritage barn that will soon be undergoing a major renovation and retrofit. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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.

The grant is part of the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program aimed at helping nonprofit organizations renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure.

Just 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 Path.

"The 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."

The renovations will be done using recycled building materials and will include green energy practices including the installation of a composting toilet.

The 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.

Besides 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.

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde was on hand for Friday's announcement.

"(The 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."

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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