Nifty Links

Greta’s Organic Gardens
As an organic seed company based in Ontario, Greta’s Organic Gardens assists customers in cultivating a unique and high quality garden and plants. They provide organic gardening seeds that flourish into plants and vegetables with enhanced taste and colorful appearance.

The Ottawa Farmer’s Market in Byron Park in Wesboro

Saturdays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 17 to October 25

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is back for its third season in Westboro. Located along the beautiful walking path of the Byron Linear Park, between Golden, Richmond and Byron Avenues, the Westboro is growing with more than 65 vendors. Yours truly will have a booth there every week for the entire season 🙂

The Heart of Orléans Market

Sundays 10 am – 2 pm, June 5th to September 18th

The Heart of Orléans BIA has created a weekly market featuring vendors who “grow it, make it, or bake it”. We hope you will share our in enthusiasm and help make it a success!

The Ottawa Parkdale Market
Established in July of 1924. Every year, from the months of April to October, Parkdale Market vendors offer fresh produce, flowers, plants and shrubs to area residents seven days a week. A great variety of exciting products such as goat cheese, organic veggies and mushrooms, frozen meats (lamb, beef, veal, red deer,wild boar), eggs, honey and apple derivatives.

Reba Art
Reba is the very gifted artist who designed the logo for Mike’s Garden Harvest. She lives in Virginia beach. I invite you to follow the link and to take a look at her art work and her photography. What she creates is truly original.

My Sunflower Story written by Michael A. Milsom, illustrated by Meaghan Conrod

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Dedicated to an inspirational tale, written by Michael A. Milsom, that follows the journey of a very special sunflower that endures an incredible number of challenges during the course of his season.

Canadian Organic Growers
COG’s membership is diverse and includes farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, educators, policy-makers, and consumers. Not all COG members run certified organic operations, but they share a vision for a sustainable bioregionally-based organic food system. Our members believe that organic food production is the best choice for the health of consumers and producers, for the protection and enhancement of the environment, and for the sustainability of the food production system. In fact we believe that the survival of our country and even of the planet depends on it.

JustFood
Just Food is a grassroots, non-profit organization that includes staff, volunteers, community partners, members and funders. They are the brain trust behind many of the more interesting initiatives around food eg. Savour Ottawa, of which I am a member and Savour Ottawa Online

FarmStart
FarmStart aims to work with new farmers and the agricultural sector to think about agriculture in new and innovative ways to creatively meet these challenges head on. 

Ecological Farmers of Ontario
To develop and provide programs promoting the practice and advancement of ecological agriculture which maintains and enhances the health of the soil, water, crops, livestock and the diversity of the environment.

The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm
Tourne-Sol co-operative farm is a workers cooperative run by 5 young farmers just west of Montreal. They grow certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, herbal teas and are celebrating their 10th anniversary of organic seed production. Daniel Brisebois and Frederic Theriault co-authored the book Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.

SPIN Farming by Wally Satzewich and Roxanne Christensen
SPIN stands for s-mall p-lot in-tensive, and the SPIN-Farming learning series teaches you how to take a backyard, front lawn or neighborhood lot to new levels of productivity and profitability that go far beyond traditional home gardening practices. Very encouraging and helpful people.

University of Guelph
My alma mater 🙂

Symphony of the Soil
Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. It is a much watch!!

Hunt Club Community Organization
The Hunt Club community is home to 13 000 people.
We are their community association.

The Broadhead Brewing Company
The official brewing company of Mike’s Garden Harvest. Available at their brewery on 81 Auriga Drive, the beer store or in Mike’s fridge :-))

Environment Canada Kanata-Orléans
The most accurate weather report you can get. I listen to to the updated report on a loop on VHF band radio which broadcasts on 162.550 MHz or channel 7 in this area. I also get extreme weather alerts from them on Twitter. It’s awesome!!