Traditional Maya Cooking Workshop – Three Sisters in the Kitchen


The Maya-in-Exile garden at the UBC Farm continues to be a place for cultural sharing and sustaining ancestral practices. Once a year we host a traditional cooking workshop to share the the garden bounty with you all. Join us for a lovely afternoon at the farm, preparing and sharing fresh produce from the Maya-in-Exile garden. Join us to learn, taste and help support the preservation of the garden’s heritage and cultural practices.

Members of the Maya-in-Exile Garden at the UBC Farm invite you to their annual traditional cooking workshop. Help prepare (and eat!) these dishes:

  • Tortillas with pureed black beans, amaranth leaf, hierba mora and lambs quarters.
  • Maya mixed salad
  • Maya Coffee
  • Zucchini cake

What to bring: Curiosity and your hungry belly

Questions about this workshop and registration should be directed to

About the Maya-in-Exile Garden


The idea for the Maya-in-Exile garden began in 1986 when five Maya families came to Canada as refugees from Guatemala. For thousands of years, their ancestors, the Mayan people have worked the land planting corn, beans and squash (the three sisters). The Maya civilization and culture has evolved around the planting of corn. The main goal of these Mayan families was to keep the Mayan traditions and culture alive by continuing to grow Maya crops in Canada. This has allowed their children to learn about their culture and strengthen their identity. It has reminded them of who they are and where they come from.

In 1999, a friend and supporter of the Maya Indian Support Group and volunteer at the UBC Farm informed them about the possibility of applying for a project plot at UBC. The group welcomed the idea and in 2000, the garden was established at the UBC Farm. Initially, the garden planted the three sisters. Later on, they incorporated greens such as amaranth (bledo), yerba mora, and epazote, among other crops. Each season begins with a traditional Maya ceremony to ask permission to Mother Earth and the Creator to break the land and bless the seeds. Before they harvest corn, another ceremony is offered to thank the Creator and Mother Earth for all that has been produced. The garden continues to be a place for cultural sharing and sustaining ancestral practices.

Every year during the growing season (June-Sept) they host drop-in volunteer sessions in their garden at the UBC Farm. Everyone is welcome on Saturdays from 8am-1pm.

Date and Time

Saturday, July 21st | 2 – 5 pm (2.5 hours, a little extra for clean up!)


$30 (online registration will cost $30 + an added transaction fee and GST)

All proceeds to benefit the Maya in Exile Garden.

We need a minimum of 10 participants to offer this delicious workshop. Early registration helps ensure the workshop goes ahead. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to you joining us!

Click here to register for this workshop online.

Alternatively to avoid the additional fees, you can register for this workshop in person, by cash at the Maya Garden stall during the UBC Farm’s Saturday Markets.