We created PlantEd Project because we recognized the lack of awareness about plant-based cooking in our community. We both have the desire to do something more to make a difference in terms of environmental sustainability. We feel the best way to do so is to inspire others. Join our journey!
PlantEd Project was originally started as a hobby in the fall of 2016 by co-founder Jackie Bastianon. After about three years of running student based cooking workshops and transitioning to vegetarian and finally vegan herself, Jackie had successfully grown a significant community following. Nearing the end of their undergraduate years, Jackie and Georgia decided to partner together and continue to share their journey of sustainable cooking, eating and living with the Ottawa community.
Today, PlantEd Project is a women run sustainable living brand bringing plant-based cooking, eating and living into the everyday lives of others in the community. Between our community-oriented cooking workshops and our unique private workshops there is truly something for everyone! Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or simply plant-curious, all are welcome to join our wonderful network of like-minded individuals.
Our values include a stance against racism, homophobia, transphobia and body shaming. We're committed to supporting a variety of causes, such as amplifying the voices of those in communities of colour and speaking out against violence to human or non-human animals.
Jackie is a food and climate justice activist, community builder and co-founder of PlantEd Project. This project began in April 2016 when she paired her love for food and the environment to create cooking meetings. These community events, run out of her house in Ottawa, brought young people together to cook plant-based meals and inspire more conscious choices.
Over the course of the last three years these meetings have raised over $8000.00 for organizations and non-profits including the David Suzuki Foundation, Just Food, Ecology Ottawa, Penny Lane Sanctuary and 350.org.
Following her graduation from Carleton University's School of Journalism in 2019, she approached Georgia Fox and they decided to team up to chase their dreams to turn what was once a hobby into a new sustainable social enterprise.
In 2020, she was named Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 by Starfish Canada for her work in the sustainability field. Jackie works full time as a Digital Engagement Coordinator for Student Energy, a Canadian non-profit accelerating youth-led climate solutions. In her spare time, she loves to ride her bike, read and visit animal sanctuaries.
Georgia is a vegan foodie, environmental activist, communications enthusiast, and co-founder of PlantEd Project.
Taking meaningful action on the issue of climate change and working towards a more sustainable future has always been something Georgia considered important.
While completing her undergrad in Communications at Carleton University, she became involved in clubs such as the Student Energy chapter on campus and attended cooking meetings regularly which helped to ignite this passion to take on meaningful projects.
Georgia has various work experience in marketing and communications working in both the public and private sectors. In 2019 she teamed up with Jackie to put her creative set of ideas and skills to work as the co-founder of this growing project.
She is currently working as a communications specialist in the government. In her spare time, Georgia loves to practice yoga, paint, and spend time with her kitten.