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Seeing

Urban foraging in Hasenheide Park, Berlin. Photography: Maria Kozanecka

Urban foraging in Hasenheide Park, Berlin. Photography: Maria Kozanecka

 
 
 

Seeing

Urban foraging in Hasenheide Park followed by cooking together.

An urban foraging tour allowed participants to see with new eyes and gain a fresh awareness of Berlin’s local plants. The process liberated all participants from the intellectual, perceptual, and visual processing traps that can lead to plant blindness; an inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment.

With this new awareness we carried the wild ingredients from Hasenheide park including mustard seed, wild spinach and elderflower berries. Collaboratively we prepared and cooked our foraged plants while sharing personal histories, stories and relationships to food.

 
 
Urban foraging. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Urban foraging. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Cooking together. Photography: Maria Kozanecka

Cooking together. Photography: Maria Kozanecka

Related readings: Whose Urban Forest? The political ecology of foraging urban non-timber forest products by Patrick T. Hurley Et. al. Art as Experience by John Dewey. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown. The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka.  
Programming partners: Andrew RewaldContemporary Food Lab.

Urban foraging. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Urban foraging. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Cooking together. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Cooking together. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia