The Wild Food Project is our modest attempt to study, archive, and celebrate indigenous forest produce, and the vast traditional knowledge that surrounds it. In 2022, we made a start in Palghar district in Maharashtra during the monsoons.
Reviving native seeds in India is an uphill task. But recognising the importance of preserving indigenous knowledge, OOO Farms works closely with local communities in Gujarat and Maharashtra to return heirloom seeds to their homelands.
The idea for OOO Farms took root when Shailesh Awate, an ardent trekker, began to notice forest cover in the Sahyadris diminishing through the decades. Driven by the desire to preserve these forests, he started working with indigenous communities in the region to conserve native and indigenous seeds.