Through our Cultural Gardens Initiative Forager Foundation aims to partner with community knowledge keepers to create spaces where community members and visitors can come to learn the ethnobotanical traditions of the local area where each project is located. Learning the plants that are culturally important for both food and medicine helps foster a renewed tie with the land and the cultural history of each garden's region.
Our 5 Stage Approach
stage 1 - Introduction
This step is to identify interested communities and to engage in a dialogue in regards to the intended outcome for the proposed garden.
stage 2 - Engagement
Working with community stakeholders to identify important plants that would be best to include in the garden and collect data on their traditional and contemporary uses.
Stage 3 - design
Working with our design team to create a layout that will suit the site and give itself an aesthetic appeal that will lend itself best to the community as a whole.
Stage 4 - Construction
This is the hands-on part. Mulch, soil, and plants are brought in and the garden is transformed into its final form. This is done with volunteers and community members.
Stage 5 - Completion
This stage is the most important. It is when the project is given back to the community. A sense of ownership by the community itself gives it the best chance of being valued.
Current Garden Projects
Noonkodin School Garden
Garden Status: Stage 2
Location: Eluwai, Tanzania
The Noonkodin School Garden will occupy a prominent place at Noonkodin Secondary School run by Serian UK. The purpose of this garden is to create an outdoor educational space that works with Noonkodin’s Traditional Knowledge curriculum as well as providing food for the students. The goal is that the educational garden will become an important tool in furthering traditional botanical knowledge in the Masaai community through the students at Noonkodin.
Ngäbe School Garden
Garden Status: Stage 2
Location: Bocas del Drago, Panama
The Ngäbe School Garden is a joint project between Forager Foundation and the Tropical Conservation Consortium in the remote community of Bocas del Drago, Panama. The ethnobotany division of the Tropical Conservation Consortium is working with the local Ngäbe community to create an educational space attached to the local elementary school to teach young Ngäbe children about the plants of the rainforest and their importance to Ngäbe culture.
Completed Garden Projects
Casa Huichol Kitchen Garden
Garden Status: Completed
Location: Zapopan, Mexico
The Ngäbe Cultural Garden is a joint project between Forager Foundation and the Tropical Conservation Consortium at their field school in Bocas del Drago, Panama. The ethnobotany department of the Tropical Conservation Consortium is working with the local Ngäbe community to create an educational space attached to the local elementary school to teach young Ngäbe children about the plants of the rainforest and their importance to Ngäbe culture.