WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 49  19th June 2020

True Rebellion with Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis returns to talk about his Native American community's relationship with wild food and the culture of harvesting, processing, and sharing knowledge. We discuss what a true rebellion looks like; shunning what mainsteam food systems offer and how to instill an inter-generational learning environment at the core of communities.


How do we reduce the distance we feel to the food we eat? Can we (re-)build cultures of wild food? Mark and Miles look from the US to the UK and back again to think about the big issues of the day...


'These guys have something that’s yours, you need to take it back'

- Mark Lewis / ep.49

About Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis is a forager, wild food teacher and former professor, of Paipai heritage. He runs a market stand called ‘Chmachyakyakya Kurikui: 8000-year Crops: Ancient-Future Foods Remembered’ and runs Cactus Calls the Rain: The Foragers’ Club. Mark has been foraging in the desert and mountains of the Southwestern USA for a long time. The Sonora Desert in Arizona which he harvests from is in itself home to 2000-plus edible plants. He also helps to organise the Annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior, AZ, which brings together communities from around the desert in a celebration of wild food and culture.

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We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


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