Lance Raddi Gray is from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, the son of an Inuvialuk mother and a Canadian-born English father. Lance’s love for the outdoors, and especially canoeing, led him south to study outdoor education at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. He has since returned to the North but travels the world when he can.
Lance’s interest in harvesting local plants started small. He found himself paying closer attention to plants while out for walks with his partner, and then learning more about their uses from his partner and others. With time, this curiosity about his surroundings grew into a deep appreciation for and knowledge of the different plants and natural medicines that exist in the North - many of which people pass by every day without knowing - and also the techniques needed to process these plants and prepare different products.
Gray’s Harvest is committed to sustainably harvesting local plant ingredients and transforming them into usable/consumable products, including delectable teas, syrups, and oil infusions. The Gray’s Harvest team makes products they like to use, knowing their clients will love them too.
Lance is always happy to share knowledge about harvesting, so if you bump into him walking off-trail in search of local herbs or “weeds,” say hello!
This is part of the Feeding Our Spirits video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.