Natalie Dechiara began foraging over 10 years ago and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with as many people as possible. In the past she has worked with Asheville based foraging tour company, No Taste Like Home, and has guided thousands of people through our beautiful forests of Western North Carolina. Currently Natalie is the director of operations at Wild Goods Foraging, and you can find her selling mushrooms and wild edibles at four different farmers markets weekly. When Natalie is not perambulating through her home woods foraging mushrooms, she enjoys concocting wild ferments, elixirs, tinctures and treats. Not only at home in the mountains, Natalie is also a rescue diver and loves scuba diving when near large bodies of water.
Luke Gilbert began foraging while working in and managing hydroponic greenhouses in Raleigh, NC. Foraging from the wild presented an alternative to the plastic bubble of a greenhouse, allowing more time to explore outdoors. Luke brought to life his company Wild Goods over four years ago and is so grateful to do what he loves while sharing natures abundance. Last year he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in under one hundred days. When he’s not trail running with a basket full of fungi in the forest or constructing tiny houses, you can find him at one of the farmers markets with Natalie helping put wild mushrooms into the good people of Western North Carolina’s bellies.
Together, Luke and Natalie have a combined 20 years of foraging experience and are passionate about sharing their knowledge, stories, and excitement for the natural world. They have recently been training their Lagotto Romanolo, Eva, to hunt the native truffles of Western North Carolina and currently reside in West Asheville.