Aligning with our knowledge ecosystem goals for continuous "virtuous cycles of improvement" in regional food systems work, support for several types of inter-related and networked communities of learning is a core focus of NEFKE. These include (drawing on the work of Wengner and others):
- Communities of Practice: a group of people that take part in a common activity, talk and share information about this activity and define themselves in relation to it.
- Communities of Interest: a group of people that come together to address a problem of interest to all.
- Task-Based Community: a group of people that works together to accomplish a defined task. They may or may not be from the same CoP.
- Knowledge-Building Community: a group of people that works together to produce a body of knowledge.