Wild Goods

Purveyors of fine foraged fungi, truffles, and medicinals  based out of Western North Carolina. 

Find us weekly at numerous farmers markets - View our schedule Here

 Check our events and classes pages for upcoming adventures and special appearances, or shop our wares  online.

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Luke Gilbert

Luke Gilbert began foraging while working in and managing hydroponic greenhouses in Raleigh, NC in 2012. 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 five years ago and is so grateful to do what he loves while sharing natures abundance. In 2021 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.  

Natalie Dechiara

Natalie Dechiara began foraging over 12 years ago and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with as many people as possible, and has guided thousands of people through our beautiful forests of Western North Carolina on foraging adventures. Currently Natalie is the director of operations at Wild Goods, 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. Natalie completed her Permaculture Design  Certification with the Permaculture Woman's Guild in 2022. 

Together, Luke and Natalie have a combined 25 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. 

We are now  searching for the perfect place to root down and begin growing a diverse food forest that is not only sustainable, but regenerative. Modern "agriculture" of genetically modified crops is destroying not just the environment and our health, but the culture and future of our beautiful country. There is another way than the status quo and we are determined to show and inspire the people around us and afar, and even you dear reader. 

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