Oahu-based public artist Gaye Chan once told me and Marko that we were part of her lost tribe. If by that she means we are into Free Stores, foraging free food, and eating weeds, then yes, we are!
We would often “take, leave, whatevas” from the Free Store (complete with Free Fridge) that she built at the University of Hawaii Art Department. And she recruited us to set up the Kaimuki Public Library branch of her Seed Station system to help people save and share seeds.
Most recently Gaye has been showing people how to get Free Food by eating weeds! She has just launched a new Weeds section of her website, explaining in both Pidgin and Standard English why eating weeds will make you free. There are beautiful illustrations, information about identifying common Hawaii weeds (many of which are common in temperate climates too), and plenty of recipes.
Gaye and collaborators are also holding workshops where you can taste weeds and learn to cook them. Check it out and tell us what you think! Do you eat weeds where you are? How did you learn how to find and cook them?
Image credits: top image, screenshot from nomoola.com showing illustration by Terra Keck. Other images: photos by Leslie Kuo of artwork/resources by Gaye Chan.