What is Vital?

Vital is a social innovation project that brings artistic, social and scientific research methods to challenge our relationship to food.

Designed to be used by individuals and communities, the resources and methods are open source. Those using the Vital toolkit are invited to contribute to its development and refinement on various open source platforms or through direct collaboration with Vital.


Work with us

We are actively seeking to extend the toolkit and to explore how Vital methods can be re-shaped for re-use around the globe. We are also looking for foraging experts in Europe and Mumbai. If you are interested in collaborating, please get in touch.



The project began in London, UK, and continues to develop. Vital was initially supported by doing it together science, UCL Arts and Sciences BASc, UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants, Prof. Andrea Sella, NewVIc and London Creative Network. The project initiator is Dr. Kat Austen, artist and PhD Chemist.