Plants and People


Want to learn how to care for plants and create food and medicine? Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? The Plants and People program will help you develop plant horticulture skills and learn how to grow and harvest what is in season, prepare foods, make medicinal salves, and weave with plant fibres. This fall, this program is being delivered in collaboration with Afro Van Connect’s Legacy Growers Collective. We will learn about the plants native to this regions, and highlighting the food, medicine, and fibre plants that are culturally significant to people of African Descent. Together we’ll learn about the incredible agrarian traditions of People of African Descent and the Diaspora. Working in the EYA Youth Gardens and LGC’s Legacy Garden will expand your connection to place and explore plant knowledge through three intertwined learning systems:  Plants for food, plants for medicine and plants for fibre. You’ll also meet new friends, gain experience for your resume, and earn money while you’re at it! 


This program is open to all youth age 14-18.
Lunch is provided & bus tickets are available upon request.



  • September 19 – November 14     I     Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM  – skip Oct 10 for Thanksgiving


You will receive a $200 honorarium ($25 per day) for participation.


Strathcona Community Gardens (759 Malkin St.)


To register for the program, click HERE!


Questions? Our Program Coordinator would be happy to hear from you: Sahar Zandieh, or 604-689-4446

COVID-19 UPDATE (please find our full policy here): EYA is planning for in-person fall programs with some changes to keep you and your family safe. We’re carefully monitoring updates from health authorities – if it isn’t possible to run in-person programs, we will run virtual programs instead. 

  • Categories: Gardening, Indigenous Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, Native Plants

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