Gathering from Hedgerows rather than Shopping Aisles

Gathering from Hedgerows rather than Shopping Aisles

When I was a student I discovered wild garlic. Vast green and white carpets of wild garlic in between the trees of the forest. Gathering armfuls for cooking with go-to student pasta was fun and exhilarating, and cheap. We also skip-dived and gathered waste food…

Experiencing Your Body as Part of Nature

Experiencing Your Body as Part of Nature

  “I just want to run away and be outside in nature”, I said. “Can you find your nature within?” She said. Foraging has been a delightful journey for me: an excuse to spend a lot of time outdoors and eat good, natural foods. Though…

Getting Intimate with Wild Foods

Getting Intimate with Wild Foods

It’s been two and a half decades since I started a serious (and fun) relationship with foraging. And it’s been well over a decade since I’ve been teaching foraging (I’m writing this in 2019). Like any relationship, there’s ups and downs, boredom, frustration, elation, new…

Foraging as a Way to Feel Connected

Foraging as a Way to Feel Connected

I’m sitting listening to Radio 4 (again) and the episode of the Digital Human called ‘Tribe’. This particular episode includes a focus on the role of hunting and gathering as a way of working together and supporting each other. Indeed, our ancestors worked together closely…

Dear Miss Blackberry

Dear Miss Blackberry

    Miss Blackberry, are you winking at me? Flashing your juicy smile my way. How can I resist your deep colouring and shiny curves dotting the prickly hedgerows. And how can I decipher your sweetness from your sour sisters and under-ripe brothers?    …

How to be Wild and Free (inspired by Virginia Woolf)

How to be Wild and Free (inspired by Virginia Woolf)

All of us desire different things, though many of us desire something similar, something so simple and plain it is almost intangible. I desire freedom; freedom to be creative, to be myself and nature has become my tool to do this. It’s an initiation, I…

How I got into Foraging

How I got into Foraging

Despite being brought up in the city, my early memories are of nature; sitting in a field and talking an imaginary language, going down to see the ‘catkins’ on the tree at the bottom of the garden, and picking armfuls of bluebells to take back…

Foraging, Yoga and a Paleo Diet

Foraging, Yoga and a Paleo Diet

It is hard to make generalisations about what the appeal of foraging is for 21st century folk, already living in a pre-dominantly digital and comfortable world. There will, of course, be various reasons why people choose to seek out their own, hard to reach food…