Origins

Keeping it local, keeping it natural

The naked forager is about wild harvesting and growing sustainably, with a deep respect for the natural world.

Each product made is unique, seasonal and small batch.  This means that no two products are exactly the same but instead fluctuate in terms of color and subtle flavor with the seasons.

As a producer of black garlic I value the living soil and preserve the soil matrix by growing your garlic above the soil, in raised beds.  I use Atlantic seaweed that has naturally washed up on the shore to top dress the soil, as is traditional in these parts.

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The Story of The naked forager

Keeping it local, keeping it natural

That's what I try to do.  It's not always possible, but I do my best.  I have a tiny small holding where I grow garlic, create beautiful black garlic and experiment with various sea salts and teas.  I also share this space with my partner, two children, a cat, two dogs and 14 hens. 

A well as growing things like garlic, I also forage for wild ingredients.  Pepper Dulse, Bilberries, Wild Violets and Jelly Ear fungus are some of my favorites, but I'm an opportunist and won't often walk past an edible plant without having a sneaky nibble!

Wild crafting and wild harvesting are words you might come across here and in other places. For me, it simply means that I collect ingredients that are growing in the wild, rather than farming them. Of course, I also grow things too.  I'm careful to harvest in a sustainable way and respect the environment I'm in.

Wild also means less packaging, less air miles and less pesticides.

I like to blend wild ingredients with intentionally grown ones to create unique, one of a kind products.

My love of nature and deep respect for the natural world are what have driven me to start this business. It began as a child, hearing stories from my grandfather about how he would pick wild strawberries on the way to school.


He would send us out to pick redcurrants and blackberries to make jam, but we'd eat half of them before they ever reached the pot! Somehow, just the simple act of picking berries in the sunshine gave me a feeling of being self sufficient, of connecting with the natural world and of being a little more wild. That love of nature grew as I grew, and my aim is to share a little bit of it with you..

 

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