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Doug Elliot leading a Forage Morganton educational event.
Foragable Morganton is a founding member of the Foragable Community Network. Mark Boyce is the catalyst of Foragable Morganton, which is led by Wisteria Gastropub and Fonta Flora Brewery. Founded in 2016, Foragable Morganton designed two programs for Wisteria and Fonta Flora owners and staff: a foraging walk led by Doug Elliott, Foragable Morganton’s ethnobotanist, and a workshop exploring Morganton foodways, led by Laura Lengnick, Foragable Community’s project manager. In 2017, Foragable Morganton hosted a year of seasonal foraging walks featuring the identification, ethnobotany and preparation of native and domestic edible plants. At Fonta Flora’s new 8 acre farm brewery, Foragable Morganton led the design and installation of a native plant botanical garden which will serve as an educational site that will eventually produce native fruits, such as elderberries and paw paw, that will add native flavors to seasonal beers. In 2018, Catawba Run joins the Foragable Morganton collective to produce heirloom corn for Fonta Flora.
Michael Sinclair is the catalyst of Foragable Durham, a collective launched in late 2017 and led by Mystic Farm and Distillery. Mystic is located in the heart of the Research Triangle on a 22-acre farm just minutes from downtown Durham. Plans for 2018 include the design and installation of a 1.2 mile native botanical walking trail through Mystic’s farmland, a workshop series teaching local foods skills such as organic gardening, ethical foraging, bee keeping, food processing and preparation, native plant mixology, and local food entrepreneurship. Also under discussion are a series of seasonal “Taste of Place” farm to table dinners featuring regionally-produced food and drink.
Warren Wilson College students touring Catawba Run.
Laura Lengnick, Foragable Community’s program manager, and owner of Cultivating Resilience, LLC is the lead member of the Foragable Asheville. Planning for 2018 is underway to explore how Foragable Asheville can support the long-term management of the George Washing Carver Edible Park – the oldest urban food forest in the U.S. – and contribute to the planning and establishment of Asheville’s Edible Mile, a new community-based initiative to create a mile-long edible walk along the French Broad River across from the River Arts District.
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