Ancestral Foods. Magical Cookery. Seasonal Celebrations
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, we “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, we celebrate “the old ways” of bringing blessings to ourselves, our families, communities and to our great mother, the earth.
So take a peek, 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.
I give deep thanks & 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.
Danielle Prohom Olson: Founder / Director / Blog Mistress / Writer / Photographer
Full disclosure: I don’t look like this except on very special occasions. Most of the time you’ll find me looking a little more unkempt as I wander the urban wilds like Baba Yaga with bits of twigs and leaves in my hair, dirt smeared boots, bits of plants clinging to my clothes and pockets overflowing with herbs, blossoms and roots. I’m a bookish “nature girl” who loves to eat, a wildcrafter, a herbalist, a writer & photographer, a women’s food history & folklore enthusiast and a student of the ancient mysteries of food 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 love spending hours outside with my dog gathering plants, cooking, writing and taking pictures, making films and videos and I’m currently having fun creating recipes, and developing seasonal e-cookbooks for Gather! You can find cookbook previews (and more) at Gather Victoria’s Patreon site here.
Jennifer Aikman: Co-Founder & Special Event Co-host
Jennifer spent nearly a decade with the CBC Vancouver as a web and television writer before leaving the city of glass for the lush and lovely Vancouver Island. Today she spends a goodly amount of time homeschooling her son, plotting her next felting project, cake baking with flowers and figuring out what she can eat in the forest.