Who is Gather?

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. 

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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. 

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

14 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!

  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!!!
    blessed-be

  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 !

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