Gaia’s Wild Foods is the dream of a lone mushroom picker who, when first introduced to the industry after moving to BC, immediately became absorbed by the lifestyle. There is a great sense of freedom and adventure that comes with wandering into unknown lands in search of these often elusive organisms. In wild harvesting, I have found something that I am truly passionate about and have since been focusing on making it a career.
The name Gaia’s Wild Foods comes from Gaia, the goddess of the earth in Greek mythology, as well as the Gaia hypothesis, which proposes that all of the earth’s elements are part of a single, self-sustaining, interconnected system. I find this idea is especially pertinent to mushrooms and their mycelia networks, many of which have strong symbiotic relationships with various tree and plant species and are also responsible for recycling nutrients from decaying material.