Column: July 21, 2016

Agri 150

The Agri 150 program was recently launched. This is a new program that will be stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.

From January to December 2017, the Agri 150 program will provide new ways to experience rural Ottawa and events will take place in all the rural wards including West Carleton-March. More than 20 unique one-day outdoor events will take place to allow residents and tourists to discover our rural communities during all four seasons. Some examples of Agri 150 experiences will include:

  • Wine & Words Tour: Visiting local wineries to sample area wines paired with local cheeses and other canapes. In partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, at each stop, a local author or storyteller will entertain with passages that reflect the rural landscape and way of life.
  • Eco-Tour: This cycling tour will showcase tastes and innovations in environmental sustainability in rural Ottawa, including an off-grid farm, a conservation area, solar installations and greenhouse vegetable production. At each stop, participants will enjoy locally produced treats while interacting with expert tour guides.
  • Rural Fair Experiences: Working with farmers, producers and growers, rural fairs highlight local history and current food and farm culture. Agri 150 will ensure through marketing initiatives that residents and visitors alike will learn about rural resources and celebrate the distinct rural nature of the community in a fun and interactive way.

More details about the Agri 150 program and ticket information will be available this fall.

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible.

How does the program work? City matches the community contribution for projects on City property to a maximum of $7,500 or 50% of the total cost of the project. Deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2016 and more details are outlined on ottawa.ca.