Join us to see and learn more about how cultures of continental Africa and the African diaspora use a variety of plants that are featured in our global collection. We will also have Jamaican cuisine from the Cool Runnings food truck, fresh juices from Juice Works Juice Bar, and Popston popsicles available for purchase.
Download the Africa Regional Guide – with Garden map, schedule of events, and plant facts.
*Please note, demonstrations and performances are included in cost of general admission; schedule and demonstrations are subject to change.
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
The URME Coffee team will present the coffee process from planting to roasting, and share about the Kenyan farmers who work hard to grow their beans.
Plant It Forward
Guy Mouelet will share how Plant It Forward empowers refugees through sustainable urban farming in Houston.
When Clouds Bring Rain
2 to 4 p.m. (Continuous Readings)
In When Clouds Bring Rain – story by Kelsey A. Johnson; art by Ibraim Nascimento – a girl and her brothers remember their home in rural central Africa while navigating their new life in the United States. As disorienting as the big city of Houston can be, they discover that familiar things—like language, food, play, and even rainy weather—can connect them to each other and to their new neighbors.
Learn from home as well by viewing the our virtual lecture at any time throughout the weekend:
The Roots of Africa in Caribbean Cuisine
Chef Keisha Griggs – owner of Ate Kitchen and Bocage Catering – will discuss the African heritage of Caribbean plants and food. She will also demonstrate how to cook Trinidadian dishes utilizing produce harvested from around the African diaspora.
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