Note: Found Feast was renamed in January 2021. Previously this blog was called Homesteading Huntress and was located at www.homesteadinghuntress.com.
Hello! I’m glad you found my blog. I’m Arielle and I write about accessing and eating wild foods local to me. You’ll find posts about wild food foraging, hunting, fermenting, cooking and preserving here. They’re written from my perspective as a Chinese-Canadian adult beginner based in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
My goal is to share resources to give beginners confidence to help them access wild foods outside. I started this blog in 2017 because I found it hard to find information I could trust and understand as an absolute novice. It was also hard to feel confident when there weren’t many people like me represented in the wild food recipe creators or wild food communities. I wanted to help represent people of color, specifically East Asian women, as wild food enthusiasts and cooks, hunters, and foragers, too.
Everyone has a right to feel like they belong in the outdoors. And I think the more people fall in love with adventuring and wild food, the better we can protect our environment and the people who live in it.
Unlike many wild food hobbyists, I didn’t grow up playing outside or in the woods. I didn’t hike or camp with my family as a child. I was extremely academic and hopelessly un-athletic from childhood until my mid-twenties. And I’m a woman from East Asian (Cantonese / Chinese) descent. I don’t share the cultural heritage of outdoor adventuring that other people have. I don’t look or sound anything like popular hunters or wild food advocates like Steve Rinella and Hank Shaw, or most people represented in the hunting community.
Information is empowering. I hope that my “indoors-y” background and under-represented perspective can help other beginners feel comfortable accessing and eating wild foods, too.
In the blog, you’ll find posts about:
- accessing wild foods local to BC and the PNW
- cooking wild foods through a Chinese / East Asian / West Coast / culturally-mixed lens
- harvesting wild game and seafood by hunting, freediving, fishing and foraging
- foraging for wild edible mushrooms and edible plants
- fermentation and food preservation
- modifying cooking techniques and recipes using wild foods
- my experiences and learnings as a food-motivated adult beginner, woman, person of color, and ex-vegan
- navigating local government regulations and foraging best practices
From hunting, freediving and fishing to foraging and fermenting, I want to taste it all. I hope you join me.
How Did I Start Harvesting Wild Food?
I’m not naturally outdoorsy and I’ve never been athletic. I grew up in the suburbs with a nervous disposition and a heavily used library card.
Outdoor adventuring, wild food harvesting and cooking haven’t come easily to me. I started from zero. I didn’t grow up hiking or playing outside. I didn’t know how to use a compass. I didn’t go camping with my family. I couldn’t lift 50-pounds by myself. I couldn’t even fry an egg properly. But because I started as a complete beginner, I’m confident that almost anyone can gain skills they need to start accessing and cooking wild food if they have the resources and information to start.
I was introduced to the concept of wild food harvesting in 2014. I was considering returning to a vegan diet for environmental and ethical reasons at the time. I met my partner, W., the same year. He introduced me to the growing community of beginning urban hunters in Vancouver and the concept of sustainable meat harvesting.
This intro to hunting was a keystone event for me. Since then, I’ve started learning freediving, big game hunting, wild mushroom foraging, edible plant harvesting, cooking, fermenting and food preservation. Wild food also motivated me to start trail running, hiking and weight training. Appreciating the outdoors helps me practice sustainability and conservation day-to-day. It’s strange how much that one event changed my life. And I’m very grateful for it.