Weaving together ancestral food wisdom, herbal folklore and goddess traditions, Gather Victoria takes you on a culinary pilgrimage through the seasonal celebrations of the wheel of the year. From spring, summer, autumn to winter, I share my favourite ways to “wildcraft” the earth’s most ancient plants into delicious recipes, dishes and feasts that deepen our spiritual connection to nature and the land we live on.

Reviving the ancient arts of magical cookery, Gather Victoria celebrate “the old ways” of bringing blessings to ourselves, our families, communities and to our Great Mother, the Earth. So take a peek, look around, here you’ll find recipes, articles and videos on the herbs, wild plants, backyard weeds, blossoms, roots and berries at the heart of our oldest and most sacred traditions. 


About Me: Danielle Prohom Olson

I’m a bookish “nature girl”/ “earth mother” who loves to read and eat (especially at the same time) a wildcrafter & herbalist, a writer & photographer, a recipe developer, a food history & folklore enthusiast and sometime documentary filmmaker. I’m especially passionate about reclaiming goddess traditions and exploring the feminine mysteries of food and plant magic.

Forced to attend family foraging walks as a child (when I’d rather be inside reading a book) I’m now devoted to reviving the ancestral wisdom of plants as foods, healers and spiritual guides. I studied with herbalist Betty Norton in her herbal apprenticeship program (happiest year of my life) and am currently completing my certificate in community herbalism with Pacific Rim College. 

I love spending hours outside with my dog gathering plants, cooking, writing and taking pictures and making videos. Currently, I’m having fun creating recipes, contributing to Enchanted Living Magazine and developing two Gather Victoria Cookbooks with the help of Gather Victoria patrons.  You can find recipes and cookbook previews (and more) at Gather Victoria’s Patreon site here.

I give deep thanks and gratitude to the WS’ANEC’ (Saanich), Lekwungen (Songhees) Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation for the use of their traditional unceded territories, lands and plants.   I offer this recipe/prayer to restore the foodways and ancestral food wisdom of the Coast Salish people: Wild Cakes for Camossung.

An Offering of Cake


25 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for bringing the knowledge to the masses. I am still new to herbs and herbalism and am fiding myself addicted to all things herb I can get my hands on. Again thank you 🙂

  2. Wow I am so excited to have found you! I can’t wait to explore your blogs, I echo the comment above in being new-ish to herbs but I am so inspired! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hello from your sister in Kent U.K who runs the wild kitchen (www.thewildkitchen.net) with very similar aims to your own. It is such a joy to connect others to the bounty everywhere and explain how to best eat it….. Carry on the mission, sisters!

  4. I love this Blog. Came to it via Facebook. I’ve re-blogged it on my site with all details about this website. I hope and trust you get lots more readers! Will share it via Facebook as well.Thank you! xxx avalon.co.nl/a-reindeer-a-blg-from-gather/

  5. So glad I was directed to you both – thank you for the wonderful posts. I love foraging in our surrounding hills and creating sustainability in our gardens – tuned into the energy of our earth and plants.

  6. Hey, I’m a guy in Northwest US and this site is more female oriented but you women look like you are providing nourishment at many levels for all. I really appreciated the “doe a deer” piece, added so much depth to the seasonal symbolism, and created a sadness/anger to see how cheapened the feminine energy of nature has become as it has been “harnessed” by the bearded Santa of patriarchy. Carry on and I hope to taste by chance some of your delicacies on my travels through BC!

  7. Thank you for the fantastic content AND for presenting it on a bed of eye candy! This is the page I’ve craved forever…Martha Stewart-esque elegance with Real World ingredients, deep research in the spirituality that means so much to me, and a passionate but gentle voice in the text. I will use this site as a go-to for great holiday ideas of the holidays I celebrate, for great stories, for recipes and crafts, and for comfort food for the mind and spirit. PLEASE keep doing what you do! I’ve wanted exactly THIS forever!!!

  8. I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I am so glad that I did! I’m a Culinary Nutrition Expert and I’m just getting into foraging and gathering as I have recently moved to southern Vermont and have a bounty available to use year round right outside our front door. I’m so looking forward to your future posts! Thanks so much putting all this info and creativity out into the world and I will definitely be giving your recipes a go. -Joanna (www.menucationkitchen.com)

  9. I’ve just discovered your blog and how wonderful it truly is!
    i’m an earth-centered woman stuck in the bible-belt of Kansas
    and I so wish I had a community like yours!!!

  10. I am really so glad to find you just tody, what more is 1st february! Imbolc ‘s coming! Happy to meet you both and .. see you soon! Happy Imbolc !

  11. As a painter, I was looking for reference images of winter goddesses…and one led me here. I came for the visuals, but stayed to read the story of the Female Deer Deity and got hooked by the gorgeous food photos. I actually posted it to Facebook.

  12. I’m so glad my Spiritual Cosmic Sis in Canada posted your site. As soon as I saw the post, I clicked on it, arrived here and am so excited to explore it! Every since I just can’t see what you bring to us next. I’m still exploring all you have to offer. I also can’t wait for that cookbook you are writing, Danielle.I love herbs and nature. I make them medicinally. Now, you have helped me to venture out into the world of ancient times with the authentic Culinary. Oh, what an adventure we shall have! 😉

  13. Just found you so in a bit late to the game. I can’t tell you how energized I am scrolling through your website. Thank you for all the rabbit holes I’ve been down this morning.

  14. What a treat to have you come across my FB right on the eve of the Summer Solstice. I have signed up for your newsletter and look forward to exploring all the recipes you offer…Blessings and Peace.

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