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- Announcements of New FCG Ottawa Chapter Gardening Programs
  • ONTARIO 150 Funding Support for Youth-Led Gardens
  • Free Outdoor Greening Consultations - book yours today!
- Local Care for Creation Profile: St Peter's Lutheran Church is an accredited greening congregation!

- Online Outdoor Greening Resources
  • FCG Sacred Greenspaces Webpage Resources
  • Protecting Water & Your Place of Worship Online Webinar
  • Faith & The Environment Toolkit (with a section on biodiversity)
  • New local Ottawa Outdoor Greening Case Studies coming in May!
  • Also in May - New Sustainable & Ecological Garden Fact Sheets!

- Learn Gardening Skills from your local Garden Clubs - Container Gardening, Pruning and more!

- 2017 Calendar of Local Care for Creation Events

- Help Hidden Harvest Find More Local Food-Bearing Trees!

- April 6th, 2017 - Interfaith Harmony & Diversity Event organized by the Ottawa Chapter of Intercultural Dialogue Institute

- SIGN UP for Faith & The Common Good Ottawa newsletter


ONTARIO 150 Growing Community Youth-led Gardens program

Three youth-led garden projects at faith communities in Ottawa will be chosen to participate for the 2017 gardening season. Selected youth-led projects will receive up to $2500 in funds for their gardens, an ONTARIO 150 garden sign, an on-site outdoor greening sustainability consultation and local partnership support during the gardening season and for the public garden event. 

For all details regarding this 2017 program and the application requirements for the Ottawa Chapter ONTARIO 150 Youth-led Gardens program - download this PDF available on our website.

To apply, click on the online application form link for the Ottawa Chapter ONTARIO 150 Youth-led Gardens program. (Applications will only be accepted through the online Google Form.)

Please contact Katherine Forster at regarding any questions or concerns regarding this program and the application process.  *Please note that there may be some delays in providing answers to emails around the long weekend of April.


Applicants will be notified in the first week of May regarding status of application.

We look forward to partnering on these youth-led gardens this year!

Free Outdoor Greening Consultations

Get a free, 60 minute Outdoor Greening On-Site Visit from Faith & The Common Good
  • Are you considering to make changes to your outdoor sacred space landscape?
  • Want to know how to incorporate sustainable practices into your gardening?
  • Curious about how you can extend your Care for Creation practices outdoors?
  • Looking for some guidance and on-site help with your gardening questions?

Apply for a free on-site visit from FCG’s sustainable garden animator:
  • Learn sustainable and ecological gardening tips and tricks 
  • Find out the best ways to conserve water & deal with stormwater runoff
  • Receive advice on beautiful native plant species that are easy to care for
  • Get solutions for problem spots and/or your site’s conditions

After the visit, you will receive a free summary report that provides guidance and initial steps for the topics and issues discussed on-site to Care for Creation outdoors. Take advantage of our 2017 Outdoor Greening On-Site Consultation!  It will help revitalize your sacred outdoor space for the benefit of your entire congregation and create a more ecological and sustainable garden oasis that will also help save money, energy and time!  

There are a limited number of consultation visits available (from May – August) for 2017.  

Please contact us at to reserve your spot now!

Funding support for the garden consultations are from:

We are pleased to introduce a new series for our newsletter - Local Care for Creation Profiles.  Let us know what your faith community and/or green team is doing!  We'd love to share stories of stewardship in action here in our city!  Contact the local Ottawa Chapter animator - Katherine Forster at

Local Care for Creation Profile:

St Peter's Lutheran Church

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at 400 Sparks Street, is an accredited greening congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. This means that as a congregation we are striving to live out our calling to be stewards of God’s creation by taking action in a number of areas, including energy conservation, reducing our waste, practicing sustainable ground care and maintenance, sponsoring educational events and supporting environmental justice and advocacy. Here are a few examples of our recent and ongoing activities:

On February 25, 2017, St. Peter’s Care for Creation Committee hosted a Film Night and Potluck supper where we showed The Wisdom to Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism & Community. Produced by Bullfrog Films, this powerful documentary explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people. Thought leaders and activists in the fields of science, economics and spirituality discuss how we must evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. About 30 people from multiple faith communities attended the event. After watching the film, the group discussed ways that individuals and communities can take action, with several people sharing things they are doing in their own congregations. St. Peter’s also used the evening to launch its participation in “Give It Up for the Earth” -- a Lenten faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada which is being organized by Citizens for Public Justice.

This year for Lent, the Care for Creation Committee is also inviting members of St. Peter’s to take part in a Carbon Fast. During a carbon fast, we are called to reduce the amount of green-house gases (GHG) we put into the atmosphere by being mindful of our consumption and reducing or eliminating certain energy-intensive practices. During each week in Lent, a Carbon Fast bulletin insert focuses on a different theme – water, energy, consumption of material goods, waste, transportation and food – and provides ideas for how to reduce our GHG emissions in that area, along with a Bible reading and a prayer. The Carbon Fast inserts are also posted on St. Peter’s website so they can be shared:

- Fall 2016 Clean-up of Bronson Park (credit: St. Peter's Care for Creation Committee) -

Looking ahead, the St. Peter's Care for Creation Committee is organizing a spring clean-up of Bronson Park (St. Peter’s adopted city park) on Sunday May 7 from 1-3 pm. All are welcome to join us – and refreshments will be provided. Bronson Park is located at the intersection of Albert Street and Commissioner Street – one block west of Bronson Avenue.  For more information, please contact Tania Boutilier (

Link to St Peter's Lutheran Church website and Care for Creation page.

Faith & The Common Good: Sacred Greenspaces

Learn the basics on Community (Vegetable) Gardens, Tree Planting and Harvesting and Pollinator Gardens.  The Faith & The Common Good Sacred Greenspaces webpage is a great place to start when your faith community is exploring ways to expand their mission outdoors.  These webpages offer online inspiration, resources, videos, funding opportunities and more!
Protecting Water and Your Place of Worship WEBINAR (previously recorded and available online!)

Is your faith community considering ways to collect rainwater or to decrease stormwater runoff on their property?  Learn from two Ontario faith communities in this 2015 webinar.  You can either view the webinar slide deck (Nov 18, 2015) or watch & listen to the webinar online through Adobe Connect.  This webinar was in partnership with RAIN Community Solutions.
Faith and The Environment TOOLKIT (Biodiversity)

Greening Sacred Spaces partnered with the Community Environment Alliance in 2015 to have them put together a toolkit on Water, Biodiversity and Food Waste.  This is a great resource to help educate, empower and enable your faith community on these environmental initiatives.  It provides great stats and offers simple actions that are easy to undertake.  For example in the Biodiversity section they suggest to participate in a invasive species removal or create a pollinator "Way Station" along with considering the impact of purchases through eco labels for Forest Stewardship, Marine Stewardship and other environmental certifications.  It's a great resource for youth groups also!  Download the Faith and Environment Toolkit on Water, Biodiversity and Food Waste here:
Faith & The Common Good - New Local Outdoor Greening Case Studies available online in May!

Launching in May, learn about local inspiring outdoor greening projects including downtown urban community gardens, peaceful meditation gardens and a legacy rooftop garden.  Read how other faith communities are expanding their mission outdoors through various gardens including xeriscape, labyrinth, pollinator, sacred medicine wheel and wildflower gardens and find out how you can do the same with the sharing of lessons learned and keys to success!  The case studies will be available for free to download from the FCG website - stay tuned!  A special thanks to our funders the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa CEPGP and all the faith communities who shared their stories, photos and enthusiasm with us!
Faith & The Common Good

NEW Sustainable & Ecological Garden
Fact Sheets


Also coming in May are new Greening Sacred Spaces Fact Sheets on Sustainable and Ecological Outdoor Greening!  

Learn about sustainable practices for water and energy including xeriscaping, rain gardens and waterwise strategies.  Read about the possibilities of turning a section of your faith community property including burial grounds into an ecological haven for wildlife including pollinators such as insects and birds. Get to know more about the benefits of planting native species of grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees for your new meditation or prayer garden or in your memorial grounds. 

The Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets will be available for free to download from the FCG website - stay tuned!  A special thanks to our funders the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa CEPGP for supporting the creation of these local resources!

Let your sacred space be an example for your Care for Creation mission!

Share Your Care for Creation public events including those for Earth Day (April 22nd) with us!  We'll add them to our FCG Ottawa Chapter online calendar and share them in an upcoming newsletter! 

Having a spring plant sale - provide us with the details!

Provide all your event details to Katherine Forster at and we will let the local
Faith & The Common Good network know about it! 

Did you know that you can support local schools, scout troups and not-for-profits by buying your rain barrel through a truck sale in Ottawa?  

Check out the  truckload sale page to find out when the six local events are being held in Ottawa this year!  
You can even consider this type of fundraiser for your own faith community through where you can buy both rain barrels and accessories such as downspout diverters, rain barrel stands and rolling composters.


Want to learn some gardening skills locally?  Check out these garden clubs for local talks on gardening. Many events are open to the public but may have a non-member admission fee.  Garden club links will provide more details on talks, possible cost and location.  Please contact the garden clubs to confirm details before attending.

Ottawa Horticultural Society
@ Tom Brown Arena

Front Yard Edibles - June 27, 2017
Small Water Feature - Nov 28, 2017

Master Gardener Lectures
@ Dominion Arborteum

Pruning - April 11, 2017
Gardening 101 -  April 25, 2017
Container Gardening - May 9, 2017
Going Grassless –  May 23, 2017

Gloucester Horticultural Society
@ Top Generation Hall

Invasive Plants - April 17, 2017

Nepean Horticultural Society
@ City View United Church

Pruning - April 20, 2017
Getting rid of Lawn - Oct 19, 2017

Old Ottawa South Garden Club
@ Ottawa South Firehall

Birds & Bees - April 10, 2017
Flowers & Veggies Mix - May 8, 2017

Barrhaven Garden Club
@Larkin House

Perennial Edibles - April 12, 2017
Container Gardens - May 10, 2017

Kanata-March Horticultural Society
@Old Town Hall

Bees & Butterflies - April 4, 2017
Preserving Harvest - Sept 5, 2017
Year-round Bulbs - Oct 3, 2017
Companion Planting - Nov 7, 2017


Ongoing – Community Garden Development Fund for Ottawa (no deadline – but submit as early as possible for 2017!)  If you wish to build a new garden for 2017, please be in touch with the CGN coordinator at the contact information below:

Jordan Bouchard – Coordinator
(613) 699-6850 x 12
Link to program website
Until April 30th
Invest in Local Solar Power

Class A Preference Shares and Member Investment Notes (RRSP & TFSA available) from Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op.

April 4, 2017  
Film Screening: To the Ends of the Earth
7:00 pm, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue
Details and registration at Eventbrite

April 5, 2017
Carbon 613 - GHG101 Webinar

1:00 pm - Free to register online

April 6, 2017
“Finding Harmony in Diversity through Sharing Spiritual Cultures” evening with Intercultural Dialogue Institute
6:30 pm - Dinner Included, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata 
Details and registration at Eventbrite. Cost $10

Ottawa’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign begins
(Registration starts in March)

April 18, 2017
Zero Waste Talk with Bea Johnson

7:00 pm,  First Baptist Church 140 Laurier Avenue West
Details and registration at Eventbrite

April 18 – May 9
Urban Organic Gardening Seminars

7 – 9 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
City Hall, 110 Laurier West (Link to details)

April 19, 2017
WIRE Network Event

5:30 pm, 67 Clarence Street, Ottawa
Register online at Eventbrite

April 22, 2017
Earth Day
(Canadian website) &
Green Khutbah Campaign (Link)

May 7, 2017
Spring Clean Up of Bronson Park
For more information, please contact Tania Boutilier (

May 10, 2017
Conflux Canada - The Convergence of the Environment and the Economy

Tickets available at Eventbrite

Thursday, May 11 2017
“Celebrating the Spirit of Creation” Green Churches Forum

Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa
(Link for more details on Forum)




Hidden Harvest is always interested in hearing from Ottawa residents that are interested in sharing the bounty of their backyard food-bearing trees and shrubs.  

Let your congregants and neighbours know about this need by putting up a poster on bulletin boards in your local community centre and at your faith community.

Or are there food-bearing trees and shrubs on your faith community property? Consider sharing the harvest! 

Food collections that are done by Hidden Harvest volunteers are divided in quarters - one-quarter for the nearest food agency, one-quarter to the property owner, one-quarter to volunteers and one-quarter to Hidden Harvest to offset their operational costs.

To download the poster and/or find out more information about Hidden Harvest, check out their website here!

Interfaith Harmony & Diversity Event organized by the Ottawa Chapter of Intercultural Dialogue Institute
Theme:Finding Harmony in Diversity through Sharing Spiritual Cultures
Participating Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, & Native Spirituality
Appreciation, Performance, Sharing Spiritual Cultures, Peace Messages, Harmonious Atmosphere, Chanting, Music, Dress & Art  - Tickets $10

Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM, Dinner will be served
Address: 335 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata 

For more information and registration - go to Eventbrite Link
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