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.
Danielle Prohom Olson: Founder / Director / Blog Mistress
Danielle is a bookish urbanite and ardent devotee of our great mother, the earth. She is also a wildcrafter & recipe writer, herbalist, eco-yogini, 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 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…