5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Friday, February 23 2024.


 On Friday, February 23, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden - Visitor Centre - Guides Classroom


Join us for an immersive experience as we embark on the Mesoamerican Cacao Journey. This event offers an interactive discussion on the historical trade routes that brought cacao and other agricultural products to Canada, following the ancient Indigenous trade paths from Central America through Mexico, the United States, and eventually to Canada. Nina, from Chiraza Foods, will share her family's farming and trade traditions, focusing on empowering and revitalizing Indigenous trade, especially for women. You'll have the opportunity to taste exquisite cacao and Mesoamerican chai tea, with the chance to purchase premium products from Chiraza Foods, with proceeds supporting their social programs. 

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a journey that celebrates culture, tradition, and community. 

Online pre-registration is required.

Instructor’s Bio  

Nina Marie is an award-winning Indigenous Chicana Mexican and Dutch German landscape technician, horticulturist, culinary farmer, spoken word poet, and artist. Her family has a long history of farming, working in the food industry, and the export market on Turtle Island. She has contributed to high-profile projects and events, including those for Historic Albany in New York, Home and Garden Television in Toronto, and The Toronto Botanical Garden. Nina is a graduate of Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Landscape Technology and holds a gold seal in construction management from the Canadian Construction Association. Currently, she is a landscape technician with Van der Pauw Ltd and Nursery in Maple Ridge. Nina is involved in several projects, including Chiraza Foods, an Indigenous female-led social enterprise and store, and New Moon Landscape Ecology, a food and ecology-focused landscape design and build company. Her work and poetry reflect her family history and Indigenous cultures. 

Available: Available

Price: $28.60 Taxes not included

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Notes: Please note that registration will close at 4:00 p.m. PT, one business day before the event. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for education courses. A credit will be applied to your account for cancellations with one week's notice. With less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost. Credits must be used within one year from the date issued. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

Prerequisites: Educational programs are available for both members and non-members. In order to register for a class, you first need to open an account with Amilia, our online registration portal. Note that your membership account does NOT give you this access. You must open a separate account in Amilia. Follow this link to create your account: https://www.amilia.com/en/Signup Please save your Amilia account username & password for registration in future classes.

More information: Instructor: Nina Marie

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