Indigenous Health Garden
Indigenous Health Garden

Indigenous Health Garden

Indigenous Health Garden

Goat’s beard, coltsfoot, sweet cicely, Korean mint… these are just a few of the plants growing in the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden. Nestled next to a grove of trees, crop fields and a clutch of active beehives, it sits at the heart of the 24 hectares that comprise UBC Farm.

The garden boasts more than 40 varieties of medicinal plants and is managed by the Indigenous Research Partnerships within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Jovel. Here, one of the many important goals is to preserve traditional plant knowledge and bring to life the principle of ‘food as medicine’.

The garden is guided by the insights and deep knowledge of the Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers who support hands-on learning in public workshops such as Tea Harvesting, Tea Making and Tobacco Pipe Mix Making as well as ‘medicine walks’ where visitors and students learn the stories and strengths of the plants and their ceremonial and healing qualities.

Visit the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden and find out how you can learn more, volunteer or attend a workshop.

Other Stories from the Field

Story Credits

Special thanks to all of our story partners:

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Hannah Wittman, Academic Director; Ryan Weemhoff, Sales Manager; Véronik Campbell, Academic Programs Manager; Shannon Lambie, former Communications Coordinator; Hannah Lewis, Community Education Coordinator; Jaylin Melnichuk, former Feast Bowl Intern; Clare Cullen, Operations Director; Sarah Clements, Flower Intern and Practicum Field Mentor.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Jennifer Honeybourn, Director, Communications; Sean Smukler, Assistant Professor; students of APBI 260 Food & Environment 1; Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Other: Leonard Foster, Professor, Faculty of Medicine; Stacy Friedman, Program Manager, Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, Faculty of Education; Steve Golob, Chef, Place Vanier Residence.

Special thanks to the entire staff at the UBC Farm who have appeared in any of our photographs — thank you!

Story team: UBC Communications & Marketing — Cindy Connor, Online Producer; Martin Dee, UBC Photographer; Margaret Doyle, Digital Storyteller; Paul Joseph, UBC Photographer; Michael Kam, Web Developer; Adrian Liem, Manager, Digital Communications; Laura Stobbe, Communication Designer; Mark Pilon, Communication Designer; Jamil Rhajiak, Photographer; Aida Viziru, Web Interaction Designer; Matt Warburton, Manager, Graphic Design; Mormei Zanke, Assistant Writer. Additional copywriting — David Leidl, Copy Editor. Additional video direction and editing — Lu Zhang, Editor, Video Director; Lucas Hrubizna, Editor.

Thank you: The University of British Columbia Archives