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 teach Victoria residents not only to safely identify the many nourishing foods and herbs that grow in their neighbourhoods and backyards but how to sustainably harvest, cook, prepare, preserve and eat them as well.
Now we are no experts in cooking, herbalism, wildcrafting or ethnobotany, but we’re passionate about all of these topics, especially wild food education and food security. We seek to reconnect with earth’s most ancient plants, the plant’s mother nature decides when and where to grow according to her wisdom, plants that have been nourishing, healing and enchanting us since the very beginning.
That’s why from spring to summer, fall to winter, we explore the most magical foods of the season, the wild plants, backyard weeds, herbs, blossoms and berries at the heart of our oldest and most sacred food traditions. So join us as we taste the local terroir and revive ancestral cuisine!
We give thanks to the WS’ANEC’ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees) Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation for the use of their traditional lands and plants.
Danielle Prohom Olson: Co-Founder / Director
Danielle is a bookish urbanite and a lover of nature. Forced to attend family foraging walks as a child, she is now a devoted wild food enthusiast who completed her Herbalism apprenticeship with Betty Norton and is working towards a Wildcrafting Bioregional Studies Certificate. Danielle is also an award-winning filmmaker, and author of the popular blog Body Divine Yoga. Her newest venture The Yoga Apothecary explores the many ways plant medicines can be used to enhance your yoga practice – and your life.
Jennifer Aikman: Co-Founder
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.