Gathering: The core activity of the Sicarappam
Gathering wild plants is an ancestral activity, especially in the Massif Central area. It is an integral part of agriculture but was a secondary activity for many years linked to the running of family farms.
Gathering wild plants is the core activity of the Sicarappam which is the largest cooperative of professional gatherers in France. Created in 1987, the Cooperative started gathering gentian and progressed to gather a whole range of wild plants whose health benefits are well-known.
Nowadays, the Sicarappam gatherers travel throughout France and sometimes Europe to gather plants requested by customers. Whilst working, they preserve the environment and have expert knowledge in biodiversity and flora.
Gathering: towards greater professionalism
Over recent years the gathering of wild plants has become more and more professional.
The Sicarappam gatherers work to stringent specifications in order to best satisfy its customer needs.
They also work towards preserving biodiversity and maintaining their gathering sites so that harvests remain stable or even improve in the following years.
In so doing, the Cooperative and several of its gatherers have joined the “Association Française des Cueilleurs” (AFC – the French Association of Wild Plant Gatherers) that brings together professional wild plant gatherers from all over France.