Newsletter for the Indigenous Health Garden of the Indigenous Research
Partnerships Groups, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
The Indigenous Health Garden Newsletter
July 17th 2014

In this newsletter:

  • Highlights from early July

  • Upcoming workshops, volunteer opportunities and dates

  • Maya Garden cooking workshop this Saturday

Many hands have been working the soil of the Indigenous Health Garden these past two weeks and we are so honoured to see what a hub this space has become for community, learning, and relationships to the land!

In early July we had the pleasure of hosting sessions with different youth groups including the Summer Science camp, the Native Youth Program through the Museum of Anthropology, and the Emerging Aboriginal Scholars camp. We welcomed dozens of you to the Farm for the second part of the medicinal salve-making workshop, and had a great turnout (including a visit from the UBC Learning Exchange) at the Feast Bowl yesterday, held in the sunshine at the UBC Farm.

Finally, we are excited to share that three of our programs have received funding this month! The Feast Bowl and the Medicine Making Workshops have received grants through UBC's AMS Sustainability Projects Fund, while the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness youth program has received Vancouver Foundation funding that will enable the program to run in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The support of funding like this allows these programs to continue their good work while exploring new ways to engage the community, and we are grateful for the opportunity!

Read on to see photos from the past weeks, see upcoming events and ways to get involved, and learn about the Maya cooking workshop happening this Saturday at the UBC Farm.

Early July in the garden

Clockwise from top right: mustard greens harvested for the Feast Bowl; Musqueam Elder Jeri Sparrow shows medicine workshop participants how to strain out oil; participants at the Feast Bowl fill their plates; many hands in the kitchen made the meal a success; youth on a medicine walk in the garden; CRUW youth harvested their garlic, which will hang to dry for a few weeks before they take it home.

Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities
  • Wednesday July 23rd, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Garden work day
  • Tuesday July 29th, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Garden work day
  • Saturday August 9th, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden work day
  • Wednesday August 13th, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Garden work day
  • Friday, August 15th, 1:00-4:00PM: Tea Harvesting workshop - RSVP to to attend
  • Thursday August 21st, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden work day
  • Tuesday August 26th, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Garden work day
  • Wednesday August 27th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Friday, September 19th, 1:00-4:00PM: Tea Making workshop - RSVP to to attend
  • Wednesday September 24th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Friday, October 10th, 1:00-4:00PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making workshop - RSVP to to attend
  • Wednesday October 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden work days: 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) at 10:00AM to help us harvest, 11:00AM in the kitchen to help us cook, or 12:30PM in Sty-Wet-Tan hall 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!


Three Sisters in the Kitchen

Traditional Maya Cooking Workshop, July 19th at the UBC Farm

Members of the Maya in Exile Garden at the UBC Farm invite you to a traditional cooking workshop. Help prepare (and eat!) four dishes: Bledo con frijol (beans with amaranth leaf), tortillas de maiz (corn tortillas), ensalada tradicional (traditional salad), kelite frito con queso envuelto en tortilla (lambs quarters cooked with cheese wrapped in tortillas) and café tradicional (Mayan coffee).

Date: Saturday July 19th, 2014

Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Place: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

Cost: $30 (All proceeds to benefit the Maya in Exile Garden)

What to bring: Curiosity and your hungry belly

To register: e-mail Caroline at

The Maya Garden needs a minimum of 10 participants to offer this delicious workshop. Early registration helps ensure the workshop goes ahead. Thank you!

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