Welcome all, to the official Forage & Folklore Blog! Ashley and I have decided to create this online space in order to delve much more deeply into the topics related to our tours than social media outlets such as Instagram or Facebook allow for. Our goal for this blog is not to be overly educational (we prefer to save that for our tours!) but rather a place we can share wider ideas, tell the stories we have to share, explore diverse concepts, as well as provide facts, tales, tips and advice regarding foraging, rewilding, conservation, folklore, history and tradition, as well as share a bit more about ourselves and our personal journeys down these paths.
Some posts may dive into some potentially controversial topics, but our hope is that by exploring these openly, we can do so in a constructive and positive way. We do not aim to impose our thoughts or values on anyone, but rather simply encourage our readers to engage with the content and consider the relationship we all share with our natural environment, our history and our fellow human beings. After careful thought however, we have decided to disable commenting on his blog post for a number of reasons.
Firstly, we want this to be a positive space and do not want it to turn into Facebook free-for-all. Whilst I was interning in Africa, I presented a research project regarding the management of ungulates on neighbouring private reserve to fellow conservationists, international volunteers and the actual land managers of the property being discussed. The presentation explored a number of methods of wildlife management, including some that could be considered fairly controversial. But as we did so in an in-person, comfortable and open setting, I was able to have positive and thought-provoking conversations with the group I was presenting it to. Had I presented my materials in an online setting instead, I do not believe any of us would have benefitted nearly as much from our conversations, as online messaging never quite reaches the quality of discussion that can be had with in-depth verbal conversations.
Photos above are both my own, taken in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa during my internship with charitable conservation organisation African Impact
Secondly, Ashley and I