Building community around wild and edible foods

by Susan MacLaren
Master of Communication in Communities and Networks

Seattle has many organizations and individuals devoted to growing, gathering, and teaching about foraging native and wild edible food. My challenge was to create an easily navigable information resource that would engage the broader community to the benefits of foraging, while enriching the lives of the people who are interested in connecting with the urban environment around them.

Using social learning communities as an example, I developed the Gather This aggregate website to create incentives to forage while helping to quell misconceptions, provide guidance and tools, and to connect communities around available food and food-related organizations.

Gather This has a curated list of links and videos highlighting organizations, food resources, and information about foraging, wild foods, food justice, and cooking. It incorporates an online forum, a Facebook page, and partner organizations. My vision includes sending recipe cards in digital (or print) form to each partner organization to highlight a different wild food each quarter, along with a recipe and information about a local food non-profit. The Gather This blog will feature information about local foragers and their favorite finds. The online forum and Facebook page will allow users to converse on all topics surrounding foraging, including sharing tips, resources, photos, or asking questions.

Gather This is devoted to knowledge-sharing and community building around the wild and edible foods that surround us in the Pacific Northwest. Join the Gather This community and connect with other savvy foragers, farmers, and food enthusiasts!

Anu HastingsBuilding community around wild and edible foods
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