Eating Wild: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

I love that wild foods are the most nutritious, natural and sustainable of all foods – which is why they are a daily part of my diet. But because I still have to pay for the bulk of my sustenance, I’m ever so grateful to food journalist Jo Robinson and her wonderful book “Eating on the…

Gathered with Love, Handcrafted with a Touch of Magic…

Gather Victoria is proud to present its first collection of wild edibles and medicines for market. Inspired by the fragrance, flavour and medicinal power of evergreens, we’ve wildcrafted a selection of small batch, artisanal festive delights: aromatic infused sugars & finishing salts, forest cocktail bitters & conifer syrups, delicious elixirs & winter woodland teas filled…

Ending The Toxic, Costly and Unnecessary War on Invasive Plants: Friend or Foe?

This investigative series follows my personal exploration into a big question. Is the toxic chemical war we are waging on invasive plants doing more harm than good? To read the introductory forward to this post click here. Invasive Plants: Noxious Enemy or Remedial Friend? Environmental journalist Fred Pearce was once a do-good invasive fighting conservationist. But…

Ending the Toxic, Costly and Unnecessary War on Invasive Plants. Now.

This investigative series follows my personal exploration into a big question – is the toxic chemical war we are waging on invasive plants doing more harm than good? I’ve had it. On a recent dog walk into Uplands Park, I was horrified to discover the landscape literally dotted with notices of herbicide applications of Glyphosate…

Eating Wild: Community Supported Foraging

 Most of us equate food security with supporting community gardens and urban farms. But there is a vast cornucopia of nourishing free food already growing abundantly in our parks, neighborhoods and backyards—right now. Food that could be meaningfully and significantly supplementing the dietary needs of community residents and families—vitally enhancing food security. That’s why we…

The Why of Spring Nettle Pie

I am standing on the edge of a forest, my gumboots wedged in mud, the sun dappling the ground before me. There, standing in a warm mist, is the object of my foraging quest—spring nettles. But I’m not here because nettles currently grace the Instagram pages of every hipster from Portland to Copenhagen. Nor because…

Pinterest: Virtual Woman’s Temple or Regressive Feminist Scourge?

I’m addicted to Pinterest. For those unaware of today’s most popular social media platform, let’s just say it’s a kind of ‘lifestyle’ porn teeming with endless pictures of magnificent cakes, sumptuous floral bouquets and festive holiday decorations. Here women by the millions ‘pin’ recipes, crafting how-tos, and home décor tips on virtual bulletin boards—ostensibly for…