Our mission: to create a book that reflects our personal passions - visual arts, writing, plants, mushrooms, cooking and culture. We aspire to present and incite a new experience for pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago.
This will not be a typical guidebook. Pilgrims are infamously reluctant to carry extra weight, packing only the absolute essentials and abandoning the rest. Some even rip pages from books as they read them – but “The Edible Camino” will be one to keep. The guidebook is designed to be lightweight, affordable and user-friendly. The pages will be packed with maps, photographs, sketches, recipes, identification descriptions and perhaps an occasional folklore story. We will also create an e-book version. After completing field research, we will select the most common, nutritious, easy to use, and delicious wild plants and mushrooms found along the Camino. We hope the guidebook, composed with an artist’s touch, will enhance a pilgrim’s encounter (and perhaps save them a euro or two!) of this well-worn way.
There are many routes to Santiago de Compostela, some beginning as far away as Belgium. We intend to tread the most famous passage, the Camino Frances, starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, 798 km from the destination.
Many say the pilgrimage commences when you leave home – we feel our journey has already begun.
Writing such a guidebook is a challenging task. It requires great levels of organization, attention to detail, thoroughness and dedication. In order to deal with the scope and complexity of our project, we’ve divided the process into four stages:
First Stage – Production and Preparation
This stage takes place in the United States and Israel. It includes the following: fundraising, seeking sponsors, purchasing and organizing equipment, developing protocols for data collection, meeting with professionals from the publishing world, and fulfilling awards as indicated. This stage is underway and will end by mid-April when we begin field research in Spain.
Second Stage – Field Research
This stage will take place entirely in Spain from April until late October. During this step we will be collecting data and footage of wild edible plants and mushrooms found on the Camino de Santiago (Frances). 9 goals for this step:
- 1. Identify an array of wild plants and mushrooms (not strictly edible) on the Camino
- 2. Identify ample edible options during the three growing seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
- 3. Capture high quality footage of key stages in each plant's life cycle (i.e. shoot, blossom, seed/fruit)
- 4. Experiment, research, and develop food preparation methods using gathered edibles
- 5. Map the location of wild edibles on the Camino de Santiago
- 6. Gather folklore and local knowledge about edible plants and mushrooms
- 7. Maintain a blog and Facebook page (staying connected to YOU!)
- 8. Documenting our journey with words, photographs, and video
- 9. Fulfilling rewards as indicated
Third Stage – Initial Editing & Sample Chapter
After field research, we will compile gathered data and select plants to include in the book. Choosing four, we will compose a high quality example to pitch to publications, demonstrating quality, creativity and economic potential of the guidebook. This stage will begin November 2013 and will end when we find a publisher. Note: if we do not find a publisher, we will self-publish the guidebook.
- Fourth Stage – Writing the Guidebook
With a publisher's support, guidance, marketing power, and professional editing abilities, we will create the guidebook. This stage includes: drawing, writing, additional research, photographic editing, page layout and initial translation to English and Spanish. It also includes marketing the book and sending backers remaining rewards.
Risks and challenges
There will be inevitable physical, emotional, and mental challenges with this project and pilgrimage. It will be cold. It will be hot. It will be crowded. We will get blisters. Equipment might break and weather might not cooperate. And after six months of walking comes the challenge of securing a publisher.
But we will proceed prepared. We have both endured situations – together and apart - that push the human envelope. Whether sea kayaking through a storm in British Columbia or living in a remote cabin with no running water, we persevered and grew from the obstacles.
The most immediate challenge we are faced with is our limit of monetary resources. This led us to Kickstarter and, therefore, to YOU!
Your Funds will support:
• Necessary photographic equipment
• Lodging and food (don’t worry, no 5 star hotels & golden spoons!)
• Travel costs by train, bus and plane
• Computer programs for photographic editing and page layout
• Hiring an agent for publishing stage
• Necessary outdoor gear
• Kickstarter and Amazon fees
Certainly, many unexpected tribulations will arise, but we are committed to completing this project and will do whatever it takes to succeed!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions – we want to hear from you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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