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Episode 14 – Foraging: Collecting and Eating Wild Food

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Episode 14 - Foraging: Collecting and Eating Wild Food

Guest: Ben Patarin

Big Idea:

Forage the best wild food while respecting nature

“I could easily survive with just what I get from the forest, you know, if I had too” says Ben, who has collected or foraged since he was 2 because in France, “that’s the hobby you have with your family!”

“So one of the first goals in our business mission is try to make people aware of our free and sustainable food. That [we] are surrounded with it. And that with a bit of training, you can learn how to recognize [food] to sustain yourself. So to me, it’s really important to help food security.”

If you are interested in eating wild plants you are in for a treat today. In this episode Ben Patarin speaks on behalf of himself and his wife Celia Auclair and their foraging company “Forest for Dinner. When asked if foraging risks wild environments Ben tells me other places like Scandinavia are putting a value on the plants over and above just the trees in the forest and he says: “So I do think that foraging is important and should be taken more seriously. Maybe we can do better [with out forests] than just cutting [down] the trees.”

For more information about the value of wild food Benjamin suggested the PFAF Website to learn about the individual value in wild collected plants : Plants for a future is online at

Disclaimer: Ben is from France and has an accent. Because of this I have transcribed and shortened the interview and posted in on my blog. Go to for the “Foraging: Collecting and Eating Wild Food” blog post and read along as you listen to get the most out of this interview.


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Contact Benjamin and Celia directly via email at : [email protected]



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