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Les Jardins Lakou: Afro-descendant agricultural traditions in Quebec

Discover les Jardins Lakou through this mini-documentary, premiered for Equinox 2020.

Jean-Philippe Vézina, a Quebecois vegetable grower of Haitian heritage, founder of Les Jardins de Lakou, has made it his mission for the past year to help Afro-descendants in Quebec to reconnect with their culinary and agricultural traditions through ecological agriculture.

He grows vegetables such as ocra, sweet potato, malanga, chayote, Lalo (Callaloo) leaves, giraumon squash, Jamaican pickles, varieties of eggplant and hot peppers popular in Afro-Caribbean gastronomy among others, right here in Quebec. It is also accompanied by local Quebec products such as tomatoes, peppers, celery, cabbage, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, broccoli, fresh herbs, melons and berries.

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