The act of searching for and finding sustenance in wild foods. In Genesis 1:29–30, God gave to every living animal, including humans, all the green things of the earth to eat. God set the first humans in a “garden” where they could eat from any plant or tree, except the two God forbade. This garden was not a cultivated orchard but a wild place. But in wild places, food grows.
This theological vision can teach us some real world lessons for coming closer to creation. Knowing the types of plants that are edible and inedible is a great way to get to know the landscape around you. The earth brings forth food naturally, without cultivation. In addition to helping people get closer to nature and appreciate it, there is nothing more environmentally friendly than foraging for your own food. Most of our food bought in grocery stores, even the “organic” stuff, has traveled thousands of miles, using oil for every step of the process, and further damaging the environment. Yet most of us could get a considerable amount of our own food by simply looking for it in our local wild and overgrown areas.