As the new year begins, I want to thank YOU from the bottom of my heart. Every single message of thanks, support and enthusiasm you leave on the blog and social media pages make all the work, energy & passion poured into Gather so worthwhile. Thanks to you, Gather is growing in leaps and bounds – and because the two most consistent requests you make are for a cookbook and online workshops, I’m going to do my very best to bring them to you!
Creating a cookbook and videos requires time and (expensive!) resources to create – so Gather is launching a Patreon account for those who’d like to help bring these projects into reality. Patreon is an online platform that’s taken the tradition of being “a patron of the arts” and combined it with crowdfunding (i.e. Kickstarter or Indiegogo). But instead of donating money to a single project Patreon allows people to donate small amounts of money on a monthly basis and support the work of people they enjoy and believe in. People who donate are usually rewarded with Patreon Rewards as a gesture of thanks for their contribution.
So it’s pretty simple really, you just agree to give whatever you can comfortably afford each month – and in return you’ll get special Patreon bonuses. (Click on Patreon Button the sidebar at right to find out more) And for Canadians remember your pledges will be made in American dollars! Those contributing at the $3.00 & $5.00 level will receive access to my personal foraging diary, photos, behind the scenes videos, plus advance pages from the cookbooks before they are published.
So here’s the plan. Along with writing more Gather blog posts & sharing more recipes, I’ll be hard at work on a series of e-cookbooks revolving around the seasonal plants, magical recipes and sacred holidays of the Great Wheel of the Year. Weaving together wild and ancestral foods, plant lore, food history and folklore, these cookbooks will bring you wildcrafted dishes and enchanting menus to celebrate the bounty of each season! (Patrons not only receive advances pages from the book, they will have free digital access to all editions as they are published.)
And along with creating more short videos I will also begin work on developing a series of “how to” videos/ workshops that will cover everything from ethical harvesting and Gather’s Community Supported Foraging Plan to cooking with Dandelion root, making Hawthorn Ketchup, Wildcrafted Herb Cheese, Woodland Tonic Syrups…the list goes on! Patrons donating $10.00 per month will receive free access to all the online workshop videos as they are created. And if financially possible, my big dream is to bring you video interviews/profiles with fascinating forgers, herbalists, permaculturists, wild food artists, medicine & wise women whose work, stories and knowledge needs to be shared.
All this requires oodles of time, equipment upgrading (like a real professional camera not my phone!) video editing software, technical support, travel costs…and well, you can see how it all starts to add up. Your patronage will help bring these dreams into reality – but before I get too carried away – I promise to start at square one – updating the Gather website.
Over the years it has grown so large it needs to be streamlined and reorganized (i.e. recipes sorted into categories) to make the site more easily navigable. So ideally, not being a webmaster, I’m hoping to use patron funds to get a little professional help!
So lets just say your patronage will help Gather serve you better, and bring you even more wild food, herbal recipes and magical inspiration! And please let me know if there something else you’d like as a Patreon Reward. I’m happy to develop new directions (and most probably will) as we go along!
So take a think and see if you’d like to contribute. And remember just sharing this post would help a lot! But I still want to thank-you for caring and just being there! Gather is proud to be part of a growing movement of people seeking a deeper spiritual connection to nature, the the food we eat, to our community and to the holidays we celebrate. Because in this time of ecological and food crisis, nothing matters more than healing our relationship with our mother, the earth.
May many blessings find you and your loved ones in the next year!