Feature Story Saturday, May 13, 2017
Wild at Heart
Workshops coming to the Fraser Valley to support growing interest in the natural food movement
Hunting classes teach enthusiasts how to feed their families.
atWild is a unique local business that provides accessible training for people who want to develop the confidence and skills to harvest wild food.
EatWild is offering workshops and courses to new hunters and foragers in the Fraser Valley starting this spring, and registration is now open. EatWild aims to connect people with where their food comes from and to reduce the barriers to harvest wild food.
In 2012, founder Dylan Eyers began the EatWild project in response to a growing interest in his East Vancouver community of foodies and backyard farmers that wanted to make different choices on how they source meat for their table.
“EatWild wants to change the way you think about your food. Our mission is to develop a community of food-conscious people, who value high quality, organic and ethically sourced game meat and fish," says Eyers. "Our goal is to get you excited about learning where your food comes from, and how it was treated along the way. We want to share great adventures and delicious meals, and inspire a new generation of urban folks to get back to the wilderness."
Can urban foodies really go hunting for their own organic wild meat? Eyers has built a series of workshops and classes to help urban folks adopt a modern hunting and foraging lifestyle.
To Eyers, hunting has always been about two things: creating a community around food and connecting with nature he comes from a long line of hunters, Eyers has helped foster a thriving community of unlikely wild food enthusiasts around BC.
Today you would find a unique mix of men and women from all cultural backgrounds participating in any of the EatWild skill development workshops.
There are persistent negative stereotypes associated with hunting, and for many people learning to hunt, it can be a daunting endeavour. EatWild has created a safe and supportive community for the non-traditional hunting types.
“Magic and learning. The course reminds us where we come from, what we are missing in our workday lives, who we are in nature, and how important it is to make time for storytelling and intergenerational experience, saysEatWild hunter workshop participant.
To help new hunters and foragers on their way, EatWild offers a wide range of workshops, ranging from sausage making and foraging to orienteering and hunting and firearms safety certification. EatWild is partnering with EcoDairy, Sumas Meats, and Cabelas in Abbotsford, to meet rising demand for education about sustainable food and harvesting in BC.
EatWild has also been recently featured in major publications for its work on the trending topic of sustainable food, such as the New York Times and The Globe and Mail.
For more information on how you can EatWild, visitwww.eatwild.ca Connect with EatWild on Facebook and Twitter.