Newsletter for the Indigenous Health Garden of the Indigenous Research
Partnerships, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
The Indigenous Health Garden Newsletter
February 5th 2015

In this newsletter:

  • Highlights from January

  • Job, student internship, and volunteer opportunities

  • Upcoming workshops, volunteer opportunities and dates

  • Recipe from January Feast Bowl meal: Kale Lentil Salad

January has been a busy month for the garden, even if we've hardly been in the garden at all! Work, volunteer, and student internship opportunities with our programs for 2015 are circulating and we are excited to see who will join our circle for this year and beyond. A new academic term has brought with it interesting new student projects: EDCP 532 (Theories and Dimensions of Place-Based Learning) students are designing place-based curriculum for the CRUW youth program while LFS 350 (Land, Food and Community II) students will be compiling five years' worth of Feast Bowl recipes into an interactive online cookbook that will include nutritional information. In one short month the Medicine Collective will be join us for the first medicine walk of the year, alongside the start of our regular volunteer sessions in the garden to wake up the beds and start dreaming about another season of happy healthy foods and medicines! Read on to find out more.

Stay tuned for our next newsletter in early March where we'll be sharing our stories, successes, and challenges from 2014. We are excited to note that our community engagement grew greatly from the year previous: there were over 2300 visits to our programs in 2014! This included more than 500 UBC students from 13 faculties and schools and more than 15 community organizations. Check back here in early March to learn more.

January in the garden  

Cover crop in the garden; preparing delicious apple crumble at January's Feast Bowl with UBC Farm blueberries frozen from the summer; shredded kale; overwintered brussels sprouts in the garden; Feast Bowl participants help themselves to salmon, salad, bannock and crumble.

Job, student internship, and volunteer opportunities for 2015
The Indigenous Health Garden is excited to share the following upcoming job and volunteer opportunities from our programs and program partners! Please read on for details and share with your communities.

Deadline Friday, February 6: Work or Volunteer with the CRUW Youth Program

Join the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) youth program team for 2015 and spend a summer working with youth on Musqueam territory at the UBC Farm! Each year, the CRUW program engages Aboriginal youth in foster care and other diverse urban youth in culturally-relevant land-based learning over a seven-month program in the Indigenous Health Garden. Group leader, youth worker, and volunteer positions are available for the 2015 program year and applications are due Friday February 6th.

For details about applying, visit here.
For more information about the CRUW program, visit here.

Deadline Wednesday, February 11: Indigenous Programs Liaison Job Opportunity at UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, on unceded ancestral Musqueam territory at UBC Farm, is seeking an Indigenous Programs Liaison. This individual will work closely with the Indigenous Programs at the UBC Farm, UBC Farm staff, UBC community, and community at large to support and enhance communication and relationship-building among these groups. Ideal candidates will have experience facilitating cross-cultural dialogue or consultation, will be comfortable working in both University and community settings, and will have awareness of, respect for, and sensitivity to Indigenous worldviews, spiritualities, histories, daily realities, and relationships with the land.

For full posting details, visit here.

Deadline Wednesday, February 18: Student Research Internship Opportunity with the CRUW Youth Program

The CRUW youth program is looking for a UBC student to join the program team as an intern for credit on an evidence-based research project. Now in its fourth year, this program brings Indigenous youth in foster care and other diverse youth aged 12-15 to the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm every second Saturday from March 28 to October 24. Youth grow food, connect with elders, and learn about wellness through a focus on culturally-relevant land-based activities such as medicine making, smoking salmon, drum making, and diversity training.

The CRUW research intern will have the opportunity to take part in program sessions while supporting an evidence-based research study led in collaboration with youth. To apply, please review the positing here.

Upcoming workshops, volunteer opportunities, and deadlines
  • Friday February 6th: Deadline to apply to work or volunteer with the CRUW youth program (more here)
  • Wednesday February 11th: Deadline to apply to the Indigenous Programs Liaison position with the UBC farm (more here)
  • Wednesday February 18th: Deadline to apply to the student research internship with the CRUW youth program (more here)
  • Wednesday February 25th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday March 3rd, 1:00-4:00PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Thursday March 12th, 1:00-4:00PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Tuesday March 31st: Feast Bowl hosting the Tuesday Lunch at the UBC Longhouse
    • Come share a meal with us while learning about the different Indigenous Initiatives at the UBC Farm and how to get involved.
  • Wednesday April 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Wednesday May 27th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden volunteer sessions: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle - bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the "Aboriginal Health Gardens" signs to find our garden here.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) any time after 10:00AM to help us cook, or 12:30PM to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at
Recipe from the February Feast Bowl meal: Kale Lentil Salad


This salad brings the bright flavours of dried cherries and lemon to a hearty winter salad full of protein. It was a big hit at the January Feast Bowl meal and a great opportunity to eat in-season fresh greens in the winter!

1 cup lentils (firm variety like French, Du Puy, Black, or Beluga)
1 1/3 cup water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bunch kale (Lacinato is best)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup feta cheese (optional)
Handful raw or roasted almonds
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine the lentils, water, bay leaf, and thyme in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, wash the kale and cut out the centre vein. Stice into thin ribbons. Toss with 1/2 cup lemon juice and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. If your almonds are raw, spread on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until fragrant. Cool before chopping.
  4. When lentils are cooked, drain any excess water, rinse with cool water, and set aside.
  5. Toss kale with olive oil, chopped cherries, feta, olive oil, almonds, and lentils. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy.

Adapted from Prudent Foodie.
Indigenous Research Partnerships
UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
2357 Main Mall Vancouver, B.C. Canada
V6T 1Z4
Phone: (604) 822-5092
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