organic_week_2013 As part of the 2013 Organic Week celebrations, Grazing Days is hosting a Farm Tour of the Grazing Days farm. Everyone is welcome*.

When: On Saturday, 21 September 2013 at 2:00pm until about 3:30pm.

Where: Grazing Days farm entrance is 400m West of Bowesville Road and Mitch Owens Road. (Click here for Directions)

What: Together, we will take a walking tour* of the Grazing Days pastures. You will get a chance to see how the cattle get moved to fresh grass every day and learn how this intensive rotational grazing system helps Grazing Days raise delicious grass-fed beef in a way that builds soil, sequesters carbon and rejuvenates aquifers. You will also get a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Please Bring: Rain gear, something warm to wear, Sun screen, Something to cover up against insect bites, a camera, and comfortable shoes or rubber boots that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet.

*Note: The farm tour will consist of a walk on uneven terrain and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.

To find out more about Canadian Organic Week, please visit http://organicweek.ca/

On Sunday August 18th, Grazing Days will be the last stop of the Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa Chapter Farm Tour.

The tour will be visiting three different farms in the Greely / Manotick Station Area – just south of the Ottawa airport:

 

1. Morning: Arc Acres Farm (organic vegetables, beef and pork) between Manotick and Greely at 1538 Manotick Station Road (http://www.arcacres.ca)
2. Afternoon: (to be confirmed) Roots and Shoots Farm (certified organic vegetables) at the corner of Mitch Owens Drive and Manotick Station Road (http://www.rootsandshootsfarm.com)
3. Later afternoon: Grazing Days Farm (non-certified organic beef) just 400m from Roots and Shoots Farm (http://www.grazingdays.com)
Bring a picnic lunch and we’ll enjoy a picnic at a site along the way.

If you are interested in joining the farm tour, contact Dick at dcoote@xplornet.com to register.

 

Also please visit https://cog.ca/ottawa/organic-farm-and-gardentours/ for more details

Grazing Days Potluck

You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Grazing Days CSA Customer Meeting and Potluck on Friday April 5th, 2013. Come help Grazing Days celebrate its 3rd birthday and get a chance to share in some delicious potluck food with other members of the Grazing Days CSA.

 

The evening will be capped off with a presentation reviewing the 2012 /2013 Grazing Days season, musings about the years ahead for Grazing Days (rumour has it that Grazing Days is looking to purchase some farm-land…), and a chance to ask any questions or talk about any concerns you may have about the CSA (we will touch on the quality of the butchering for example…).

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

What: Grazing Days 3rd Birthday celebration

     This includes:

   A Potluck from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

   Grazing Days a year in Review from7:30pm to 8:00pm

   Grazing Days into the future from 8:00pm to 8:30pm

   Questions, feedback and thoughts from 9:00pm to 9:30pm

Who: All current Grazing Days CSA members and people in thinking about joining the Grazing Days CSA are welcome. This is a family event.

When: Friday, April 5th 2013 at 6:30pm until 9:00pm ish

Where: Southminster United Church – Parlour (15 Aylmer Ave  Ottawa, ON in Old Ottawa South)

Please bring: A food dish to share with others, a plate, cutlery and a cup

Please RSVP: Send an RSVP to info@grazingdays.com to ensure we have enough space.

 On February 13th at noon, Octopus Books has invited Paul Slomp, the farmer behind Grazing Days to speak at an event called: Growing Food in a Hungry World – A Farmer’s Perspective.

Description: The politics behind food and agriculture in today’s world seem to be diverging. On the one hand farmers are encouraged to keep up with the latest technologies in order to increase their production to feed a rapidly growing world population. On the other hand there is an increasing demand by eaters for organic foods grown and raised in their locality. What is behind these two diverging messages? What does this mean for the future of food and agriculture?

We invite you to attend! Here are the details:

What: Growing Food in a Hungry World – A Farmer’s Perspective
When: Feb 13, 2012, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (Octopus Books@Centretown)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/159131627569605/

Note: Due to the expected rain, the picnic portion of the Grazing Days Open House has been cancelled, but the Farm Tour is a go for 2:00pm. Bring your Boots!

 

On Saturday 22nd September 2012, Grazing Days will be hosting our 3rd Annual Picnic and Farm Tour at our farm in Manotick Station. This is a family friendly event and is open to anyone who is interested in participating. If there are people who you have wanted to introduce to Grazing Days, this is the perfect opportunity to invite them along. If you are intending to come out, please RSVP here.

 

Directions: Grazing Days is located on the Northwest corner of Mitch Owens Road and Bowesville Road. We will meet at the gate on Bowesville, about 250m North of Mitch Owens Road. Please follow this link here to get directions from where you are: https://maps.google.ca/maps?daddr=Picnic+Parking+%4045.26200098764938,-75.61730325222015&hl=en&sll=45.262488,-75.617507&sspn=0.001699,0.003819&t=h&mra=mift&z=18

Itinerary:

We have some fun things planned for the Saturday afternoon. Please feel free to participate in as much or as little as you would like. This open house is child friendly, although some of the activities are more child friendly than others (the pasture walk is on uneven terrain).

 

13:00 Picnic in the Field - (Please park here on Bowesville Road)

We’ll start the afternoon off with a delicious potluck picnic in the pasture and a chance to socialize and meet some of the other people who are supporters of and participants in the Grazing Days experience.

 

Please Bring: Food dish to share with others (*note there is no electricity at the farm), something to sit on, plate, cutlery and a cup.

 

14:00 Farm Tour and Pasture Walk – (Please park here on Bowesville Road)

After we finish up the picnic in the field, we will take a walking tour of the Grazing Days pastures. You will get a chance to see how the cattle get moved to fresh grass every day and learn how this intensive rotational grazing helped Grazing Days weather the Ottawa drought this June and July. You will also get a chance to ask any questions you may have.  The tour will most likely be over at around 3:30pm, but please feel free to stick around afterwards to look around some more or to chit-chat.

 

Please Bring: Rain gear, something warm to wear, Sun screen, Something to cover up against insect bites, a camera, and comfortable shoes or rubber boots that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet.

 

We look forward to hosting you on the farm!

Each year, the Canadian Organic Growers organizes Feast of Fields and this year Grazing Days is participating! Feast of Fields pairs up local organic farmers with local chefs and these teams create extraordinary gourmet delights to showcase some of the best things that local organic food has to offer. This year, there are over 20 farmer–chef teams participating, There are only 350 tickets to be sold to this event and tickets are selling fast. Please visit www.feastoffields.ca to purchase your tickets.

 

Feast of Fields is the main fundraiser for the Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG). COG’s membership is made up of farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, educators, policy-makers, and eaters with a common belief 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 Ottawa, COG runs a number of programs including Growing Up Organic with youth in schools, Senior Organic Gardeners with seniors, and Farmer Outreach for farmers. The funds raised at Feast of Fields support this ongoing work of COG. To find out more about Canadian Organic Growers, please visit www.cog.ca.

 

Grazing Days has partnered up with Tarek Hassan, the chef behind an exciting local pop-up restaurant that is just getting off the ground called the Gongfu Project (http://gongfuproject.com/) and we will be serving some delicious grass-fed beef.

 

What: Feast of Fields, a fundraiser for Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa

Where: Canada Agriculture Museum

When: Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Tickets available: www.feastoffields.ca

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Grazing Days has been invited to bring a farmer’s perspective to the following discussion about Celebrating local food: Innovations and challenges! Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Celebrating local food: Innovations and challenges

Saturday October 15, 2011
464 Metcalfe St. (at Catherine)
10:00 – 15:00

With speakers from the NCC, Just Food, Centretown Community Health Centre, Community Shared Agriculture, and your input in discussion groups.

Appetizers and snacks provided by Zen Kitchen

Hosted by Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre

Space is limited, pleasure reserve by emailing paul.dewar@parl.gc.ca or calling 613.946.8682

Come one, come all to the Grazing Days Open House and Potluck!

On Saturday, 24 September 2011, Grazing Days is hosting an Open House and Potluck at the farm in Manotick Station. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The event is family friendly and if you know of people who might be interested in getting some Grazing Days Beef this year, please invite them along. If you are on facebook, please RSVP here.

Itinerary:

We have some fun things planned for Saturday afternoon / evening. Please feel free to participate in as much or as little as you would like! This open house is child friendly, although some of the activities are more child friendly than others…

15:00 Farm Tour and Pasture Walk – 6191 Mitch Owens Drive

Starting at the Grazing Days farm gate a tour will head through the Grazing Days pastures and soon to be pastures. As part of the tour, you’ll get a chance to see how the cattle get moved to fresh grass every day. If you attended the pasture walk last year, check out what has changed this year.

17:00 Potluck – 6191 Mitch Owens Drive

After the Farm Tour and Pasture Walk we will head back to the starting place for a potluck and good ol’ socializing! If you plan on bringing something in a crock-pot, please remember there is no electricity available at the farm.

19:00 Campfire at the farm 6191 Mitch Owens Drive

Please join us for some more socializing and warmth around the farm campfire.
Directions to the Farm

If you are driving to the Farm, you can get directions by clicking on this link: Directions to Grazing Days, clicking on “Directions” in the Grazing Days Balloon and typing in your starting address.
Parking

Parking will be available in along the shoulder of Mitch Owens Road.

What to Bring

General:

All of the activities for the farm open house will be happening outside so please dress accordingly. Currently, the weather forecast is calling temperatures between 15°C and 21°C with a 70% chance of showers.

    • Rain gear
    • Something warm to wear
    • Sun Screen
    • Something to cover up against insect bites…
    • Camera
    • Comfortable shoes or rubber boots that you
      don’t mind getting dirty or wet

Potluck:

 

    • Food dish to share with others
    • Something to sit on
    • Plate
    • Cutlery
    • Cup

Come One. Come All

As the 2011 grazing season is quickly drawing to a close, Grazing Days would like to invite all those who interested in seeing the farm, taking pictures, scavenging for frogs and other critters, or finding out more about the farm to the Grazing Days Open House and Potluck on the 24th of September. This has been quite an exciting year for Grazing Days as we’ve more than doubled the number of cows on the farm. Come meet them all!

The exact happenings of the Open House and Potluck will be available next week sometime, but here are the basic details:

  • Who: Anyone who is interested – this is a family friendly event, although there will be walking in tall grass on uneven terrain.
    Where: At the Grazing Days Farm (6191 Mitch Owens Road, Ottawa – MAP)
    When: 24 September 2011: Tour starting at 3:00pm, Potluck at 6:00pm
  • Please invite your friends and family to join us on what will be a fun-filled afternoon. We look forward to seeing you all here and sharing our passion with you.

    Mar 292011

    Rozy shows off her amazing cow colouring skills

    On Friday March 25, Grazing Days celebrated its first year.

    Members from the Grazing Days CSA gathered at the Montgomery Legion on 330 Kent Street and shared some delicious spoon-lickin’ Potluck dishes.

    While a number of chillins (and some adults) were busy colouring their pictures of cows, Paul presented the financial summary of Grazing Days‘ first season and asked for thoughts from everybody there around the future direction that Grazing Days should be taking. People also had a chance to provide feedback by completing a feedback survey…

    The night was capped off with some music from a live band – the Ted Dancin’s.

    Special thanks to Andy and the Ted Dancin’s for their amazing music, to Erin and Ryan for coming up with a sweet last minute projector, to Josee for pulling together the colouring materials, and to everyone who came out to make Friday evening a smashing success! Cheers to all of you!

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