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Find us weekly on Sundays at the Brighton Farmers Market in Rochester NY

Fungi Cultivation & Foraging

3-day Short Course

September 15-17

with Olga Tzogas and Steve Gabriel

Explore the wondrous world of fungi and learn how to grow and forage mushrooms with Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms.

During this 3-day intensive course participants will identify wild mushrooms and learn tree ID and forest ecology, inoculate logs, straw, and grain, learn low-tech propagation techniques, and of course, cook and eat mushrooms.

Participants will build their skills in mushroom identification, cultivation, and propagation and leave the course equipped with the knowledge and tools.

Topics Covered:

  • Lifecycle of Fungi

  • Ecology; where to find mushrooms in the woods

  • Safe and ethical wild mushroom harvesting

  • Shiitake and others on logs, stumps, and woodchips

  • Oyster on straw, coffee grounds, and sawdust

  • Making your own mushrooms medicine

  • Low-Tech methods to propagate and grow

$300 includes lunch each day and free access to our online course



Sept 29, 30 +Oct 1, 2017
Arkport, New York

Smugtown Mushrooms Heads to the Mid-West--Come find us!!

October 4, 2017---- 6-9 PM

Foraged Finds: Wild Mushrooms of our Forests, Farms & Urban Lots

Join us for a mushrooming experience with Olga Tzogas & Willoughby Arevalo

Trillium Center, Conneaut, OH

Learn what fungi exist commonly within communities. Gathering mushrooms and other wild things increases our awareness of the ecology of our environment and helps us reconnect to our ancestral selves. It doesn’t take much to walk out the door and find edibles, medicinals, and even poisonous life forms. Journey into the field of knowledge we all once knew. Tap into the diverse and vast world of fungi that live within the region. Exploring the ethics of gathering and what sensitive life exists in our forests. Learn basic skills for proper identification and how fungi live within our forests.

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Sliding-scale fee: $45-75 per person

A sliding-scale fee is offered as a way to allow people with less money to pay less, and people with more money to pay more. If you can pay a little more, consider it a way of paying it forward.

This workshop intends to teach the core principles and skills of mushroom identification and ease the learning curve by clarifying broad concepts and offering tools to the beginner to intermediate mushroomer. The workshop will begin with a collection foray and continue indoors with lecture and demonstration.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the Language of Mycology – Common and Scientific
  • Taxonomy: Macro to Micro
  • Mushroom Anatomy and Macroscopic Features – Discerning with all the Senses
  • Recognizing Habitats and Reading Ecological Roles
  • Making and Reading Spore Prints
  • Using a Dichotomous Key
  • Major Groups and Species to Know
  • Seasonality and Geographical Occurance
  • The Mushroom Hunter’s Tools and Equipment
  • Ethical Harvesting Practices
  • Edibility and Toxicity
  • Medicinal Properties
  • Taking Field Notes
  • Resources for Further Study

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Learn more about Willoughby at The Fungorium https://willoughbyarevalo.com/biography/

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Walking the Mycelial Web Sept 29, 30 + Oct 1
Our Price: $385.00

Join Robert Dale Rogers, author of The Fungal Pharmacy, myself, & Willoughby Arevalo, a contributing author to Radical Mycology and one of the original members of the Collective. Three days of a complete hands-on, intimate setting to discuss & explore the amazing world of Fungi.