Who is Gather?

Jennifer Aikman (right) Danielle Prohom Olson (left) Photo: Kelly Brown

Now, we are no experts in cooking, herbalism, wildcrafting, ethnobotany or women’s history, but we’re passionate about all of these topics, especially wild food education and food security.  And whether we’re leading a wild food walk, holding a cooking workshop, or hosting a seasonal nature celebration, our mission is simple – to revive ancestral food traditions.

We reconnect with the earth’s most ancient plants, the plants that have been nourishing, healing and enchanting us since, well, the very beginning. And from spring to summer, fall to winter, we explore the most magical foods of the season, the herbs, wild plants, backyard weeds, blossoms, roots and berries at the heart of our oldest and most sacred traditions. So join us as we taste the local terroir and revive ancestral cuisine!

We give our deep thanks to the WS’ANEC’ (Saanich), Lekwungen (Songhees) Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation for the use of their traditional lands and plants.


Our Bios:

Danielle Prohom Olson:  Founder / Director / Blog Mistress

Danielle is a bookish urbanite, wildcrafter, women’s food history enthusiast and a practitioner of the ancient arts of food magic. Forced to attend family foraging walks as a child (when she’d rather be reading a book) she is now devoted to reviving the ancestral wisdom of plants as foods, healers and spiritual guides. She completed her Herbalism apprenticeship with Betty Norton and is still working towards a Wildcrafting Bioregional Studies Certificate. Danielle is also a yoga teacher, writer and award-winning filmmaker and is currently having fun creating videos and developing a series of seasonal e-cookbooks for Gather!

Jennifer Aikman:  Co-Founder, Blog Contributor & 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 devotes a goodly amount of time to plotting her next felting project, cake baking with flowers and figuring out what she can eat in the forest. She is currently completing her Herbalism Apprenticeship with Jessy Delleman of Fireweed Farm as well as her Wildcrafting Bioregional Studies Certificate. You can sample some of Jennifer’s culinary creations at our farmer’s market stand, Cordial Wildcrafted Consumables.

Here’s a little video to tell you more about what Gather is all about…

13 thoughts on “Who is Gather?

  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!

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  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!!!

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