Foragable communities increase the public’s active participation in  local foodways in order to enhance the resilience of their community.


Regions that are home to a foragable communities are recognized as leaders in sustainable food systems and community resilience.



Enhancing regional capacity to accumulate the natural, social and financial resources needed to  sustain community well-being.


Engaging a diverse business-led network of community partners to promote a resilient regional food system.


Enhancing understanding and commitment to care for landscapes that sustain community well-being.


1.   Facilitate business-led collaborations that promote the knowledge and use of local and regionally-sourced wild and cultivated foods.

2.   Raise public understanding and appreciation of traditional foodways as an expression of the ecology and natural history of their region.

3.   Raise public awareness of the benefits of diversity, self-reliance, and a balanced portfolio of assets to community resilience.

4.  Increase the number of community members who cultivate, gather, prepare, preserve and consume regionally-sourced foods.

5.  Increase the amount of land in the region – both public and private – that supports the sustainable foraging and cultivation of food.

Project Partners

The Foragable Communities concept was developed through a collaboration between Mark Boyce, Laura Lengnick, Doug Elliot, and the owners and staff of Wisteria Gastropub and Fonta Flora Brewery located in Morganton, NC.  Funding for program development and management is provided by the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation.  On-going project management is provided by Cultivating Resilience, LLC.

Laura Lengnick

Community Resilience Partner Project Management

Mark Boyce

Founder, Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation

Doug Elliott

Ethnobotanist Partner

Support for Foragable Communities

The Foragable Communities initiative is made possible through volunteer efforts and support from the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation. Visit the Byron Fellowship website to learn more about the foundation, and the annual Byron Fellowship program in Swannanoa, NC.

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