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Workshops & Events

Below is our monthly calendar, go through we have lots in store for 2018 and beyond! Stay connected by signing up for our newsletter. Scroll down for more details on workshops in our calender!

 

Classes hosted by Smugtown Mushrooms, our hosts, third parties + others are all sales final and no refunds unless stated on the specific class information

5 class

series

in NYC

May-September 2019 Mycology Intensive in collaboration with Herban Cura

 
5th Annual MycoSymbiotics Festival
Aug
2
to Aug 4

5th Annual MycoSymbiotics Festival

A weekend full of fungi, food, music, classes, friends, and more! Join us for the 5th annual MycoSymbiotics Mushroom & Arts Festival

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Join us August 2nd-4th for the 5th Annual MycoSymbiotics Mushroom & Arts Fest!

Camp Reily

300 Camp Reiley Road

Harrisburg, PA 17112

A weekend-long Celebration of all things Fungi. There will be workshops on basic Mushroom Biology, Cultivation, Mycoremediation, Innovative uses of Fungi, Live Arts, Live Music, and Forays led by local Mycophiles, and Friends from all over the Country!

Mycophagies (Mushroom Tastings), Games, Music, Dancing, Spore Print/Culture Giveaways, drum circle, Fire, and lots of networking! This is a communal event focused on ecological education!

Schedule TBA

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North American Mycological Association: 2019 Paul Smith's College Foray
Aug
8
to Aug 11

North American Mycological Association: 2019 Paul Smith's College Foray

2019 Paul Smith's College Foray
August 8-11, 2019 | Paul Smith's College, New York

We are looking forward to seeing you in August for NAMA's annual foray at Paul Smith’s College in Upstate New York.  Nestled in the Adirondacks and sitting on a beautiful lake, Paul Smith’s campus is a beautiful setting for our weekend stay. We have a good lineup of speakers and foray locations.  We will be posting details as we gather them.

This year Im honored to be teaching along side the greats at the NAMA Foray!

I teach two classes!

one class alongside John from Catskill Fungi:

Cultivating Hericium and Making Tinctures with John Michelotti and Olga Tzogas  (23 places)
Cost is $7.00
Saturday August 10 | 1:00-3:30 PM

You will make your own tincture to take home. 

Then I also do a lecture of the Mushrooms of Greece

Plus a bunch of other incredible mushroom themed fun and education!


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2nd Annual New Moon Mycology Summit
Aug
29
to Sep 2

2nd Annual New Moon Mycology Summit

SAVE THE DATE!! August 29- September 2, 2019

LOCATION RELEASED: THURMAN, NEW YORK

Labor Day Weekend in the beautiful expansive Adirondack Park!

Location is on private property in the Southeast corner of the Adirondacks. We will release the exact location soon!

150+ acres of mixed hardwoods,Oak, Maple, Beech + Birch, with Hemlock + Pine forests. Micro ecosystems, waterways + swampland.

More info soon, presenter applications will be available April 5th

More info here

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Fungi Foraging and Cultivation
Sep
20
to Sep 22

Fungi Foraging and Cultivation

Explore the wondrous world of fungi and learn how to grow and forage mushrooms with Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm and Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms.

During this 3-day intensive course participants will identify wild mushrooms and learn tree identification and forest ecology, inoculate logs, straw, and grain, learn low-tech propagation techniques, 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 to safely forage and several active mushroom projects to take home!

Tiered pricing based on household income is $175/$250/$300 includes local organic lunch each day and access to our forestry online course.

Plus $50 to camp onsite, or book our yurt on the farm

No one turned away for lack of funds.

See http://policy.wellspringforestfarm.com for more on pricing and support systems so that all can learn.

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Growing Mushrooms for Food & Soil Health
Jun
2
3:30 PM15:30

Growing Mushrooms for Food & Soil Health

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Welcome to Well-Sweep Herb Farm! In celebration of our 50th year in business, enjoy not one but two full days of free informative lectures and presentations, tours of our spectacular gardens, as well as a special ‘Friends of Well-Sweep’ Craft and Farmers’ Market – featuring 15 different vendors. Our largest selection of herb plants and perennials will be available this weekend. Below you will find schedules for each day followed by details on each presentation. This event will be held rain or shine. (For more details, including future events, visit www.wellsweep.com.)

FREE

Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms to learn about Growing Wine Cap Mushrooms for Food & Soil Health. Mushrooms and fungi have an ancient story that connects humans and all life to them. Enter into the ‘wood wide web’ as you learn the important ecological role of fungi and how to integrate them into our systems by growing and eating them. Inoculate a Wine Cap bed with Olga and learn basic methods for growing Wine Cap mushrooms, edible and delicious fungi that help with water retention, soil erosion and repairing polluted soil.

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Fruition Seeds Farm Store + Foraging Foray + Wine Cap Mushroom Class
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Fruition Seeds Farm Store + Foraging Foray + Wine Cap Mushroom Class

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May 18 Frution Seeds Farm Store Foraging + Wine Cap Mushroom Class
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Join me in the beautiful Finger Lakes! Fruition Seeds is THE SPOT to get all your organic gardening needs met!

Smugtown Mushrooms will have my full market stand open for this special day and we then teach a class on using your Wine Cap spawn!

TIMES:

-Join us from 830-945am for a Wild Food Foray, Learn to properly identify and ethically enjoy harvestable food + medicine from the wild.

-Wine Cap Class begins after the Farm Store closes, at 2pm

Grow Wine Cap Mushrooms for Food + Soil Health

Let us use all our senses to learn about the vast & diverse world of mushroom & fungi.  Examining their ancient story that connects humans and all life to them. Take a look at the roles mushrooms play within our lives, the forest, and in food systems. Learn basic concepts of mycology, the study of Fungi.  Enter into the "wood wide web" and find out how these organisms exist in nature & in return be nurtured by them, for food, medicine & ceremony. Together we will explore the many ways we can integrate Fungi into our systems.  One of the easiest ways is by eating them and growing them. Learn some basic methods for growing mushrooms in your garden or indoors. We will explain direct methods of cultivation of the Wine Cap Mushroom.  Wine caps are amazing and delicious mushrooms that can be planted in gardens, grow alongside your plants and create a polyculture of plants, mushrooms, microbes + more.

Wine Cap mushrooms have incredible tenacity and provide so much to us when we tap into their special ecological role they play.  They have notoriety for helping with water retention, building up soil, reducing erosion and even repairing soil damaged from human caused pollution.  Plus they’re edible and delicious.

-Together we install a Wine Cap bed so you can take that info to use + share

-We will visualize was it looks like to start creating myco-communities by growing and sharing the uses of fungi and mushrooms to better create networks and consistent growth of health, sustenance & sovereignty.

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Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
May
11
to May 12

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market

Find Smugtown Mushrooms returning for the 4th year in a row!

Get all you mushroom growing needs covered!

Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, May 12, 2019
10AM - 6PM
// $5 for full weekend | kids under 12 FREE //

BUY LOCAL. BUY VINTAGE. BUY HANDMADE.
NO BAR CODES. NO PLASTIC WRAP.

Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair. With over 10,000 square feet of raw space, Basilica Farm & Flea is the only market of this scale in the region.

Inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley, Basilica Farm & Flea features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. With a ‘no barcode, no plastic wrap’ ethos and a love of vintage and recycled, locally-sourced agriculture and the beautifully handmade, Basilica Farm & Flea showcases the splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents.

By participating in Basilica Farm & Flea, vendors and attendees directly support Basilica Hudson’s mission to foster sustainable community. Proceeds from admissions and vendor fees support ongoing operations for the organization, and allows Basilica Hudson to continue to develop and present its programs.

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 Veterans in Ag: Learning to Work with Mushrooms & Fungi
Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Veterans in Ag: Learning to Work with Mushrooms & Fungi

Veterans in Ag: Learning to Work with Mushrooms & Fungi

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

EquiCenter Farm, 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Farm OPS, a project of the Cornell Small Farms Program, is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). 

Mushrooms and their Fungi relatives interconnect all other systems we are dependent on. We are part of a diverse web of life, those connections rely on each other for survival. They are the hidden life force of cells working together to connect life, restore balance, nourish and cultivate healthy systems.

In this course you will journey through the complex web and ancient world of mushrooms. Explore how they grow in nature and then how they nurture us in return — forging our immune systems, circulation, anti-inflammation and more. Explore the many ways we can integrate Fungi into our regimens and systems. Mushrooms and their underground network of cells called mycelium are the unsung champions often missing from our studies, culture and horticulture practices. Learn the basics to recognizing them in the field, and explore different ways to grow them for food and medicine. Gain skills to get started incorporating mushrooms in your kitchen, garden and medicine cabinet.

Everyone goes home with an Oyster Mushroom starter to begin growing their own mushrooms on waste streams and more.

This workshop will be led by Olga Tzogas, owner and operator of Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester, NY.

Olga's journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban and more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms and growing supplies, workshops, events and community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms and fungi. Olga teaches workshops about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation. She was a core organizer for the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence and the MycoSymbiotics Festival from 2015-17 and helped establish the first ever New Moon Mycology Summit in 2018. Recently over the past few years, she has been offering intimate guided journeys through the more feral regions of her ancestral homeland of Greece, focusing on the mushrooms, plants, natural history and the culture that weave through the different bioregions.

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. 

It is recommended that students arrive around 9:30 a.m. to get coffee, tea and snacks, and get checked-in and settled before the class begins.

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Introduction to Mushrooms + Fungi
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Mushrooms + Fungi

Introduction to Mushrooms and Fungi

Take a look at the roles mushrooms play within our lives, the forest, and in food systems. Learn basic concepts of mycology, explore into their biology and ecology, and learn some basic methods for growing mushrooms in your garden or your kitchen.

FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Harley School1981 Clover St, Rochester, New York 14618

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Mushroom growing supplies will be available for purchase.

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Mycelial Equinox Gathering
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Mycelial Equinox Gathering

Join us in Philly!

March 24, 2019

11-7pm

Bartram’s Garden

Spend the day celebrating the recent Spring Equinox the way nature intended; amongst the plants, mushrooms, friends & family!

Activities:

Workshops, Cooking Demos, Guided Nature Walks, Wild Identification, Mushroom + Plant Cultivation, Art making, Seed Swap, Plant + Mushroom Medicine + Kid Activities

Smugtown Mushrooms will be teaching a workshop among other amazing teachers!

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Working Woods for Today and Tomorrow
Mar
22
to Mar 23

Working Woods for Today and Tomorrow

  • The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Working Woods for Today and Tomorrow
4th Biennial Forest Landowners Conference

Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, 2019

The Forest Landowners Conference is the region’s foremost gathering of woodland owners, forest practitioners, forest businesses, and others interested in woodlands and the wildlife that use them. Nearly 740,000 owners care for Pennsylvania’s 11.5 million acres of privately-owned woods. Our goal is to equip a growing number of woodland owners with educational and networking opportunities to ensure continued benefits to and from these resources.

Whether you own 1 or 2,000 acres, come learn, meet others who share your interests, and get the resources you need to improve the well-being of your woods.

Discover more about...

  • Enhancing woodland health and resilience

  • Opportunities for small acreages

  • Drones, GPS, and mapping

  • Improving wildlife habitat

  • Controlling invasive plants

  • Planning the future and legacy of your woods

  • Citizen science, fungi foraging and cultivation, prescribed fire, pollinators, and much more! 

Join us for two days of presentations, exhibits, field tours, workshops, and valuable connection and conversation opportunities!

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The Medicine Of Plants And Mushrooms
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Medicine Of Plants And Mushrooms

Herbal Hour has multiplied!


This 2.5 hour class is brought to you by Smugtown Mushrooms and Reciprocal Roots!


Join Olga and Kristin for an evening of solid mushroom and plant medicine talk.


Bring your friends, a notebook, and all your questions about medicinal mushrooms and herbal medicine.


We are pretty delighted to just drink tea with you, so we will be sure to have the nettle in the kettle! plus some long brewed Chaga tea.


2.5 hour Class is sliding scale $15-$30 pay at the door, cash or check preferred


Lite snacks, tea + information for you to enjoy!


Smugtown Mushrooms + Reciprocal Roots will have their homemade goods + medicine available too!

Check out the Facebook event for up to date info

https://www.facebook.com/events/2305316643077251/

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Healing Power of Mushrooms
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Power of Mushrooms

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Thursday March 7, 2019

The Healing Power of Mushrooms

6:30- 9:00pm

@ Kaleidoscope Collective 936 Exchange St

Join Smugtown Mushrooms for an evening of immersion in to the healing power of mushrooms.

Explore the deep history humans have with medicinal mushrooms & their power to heal. Identifying uses, and ways to prepare them.  We will demonstrate the vast options and diversity of properties within just a handful of selected varieties. The most common and popular we will look at & work with is the Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom, the legendary ‘Mushroom of Immortality.’  

Reishi is being put into everything from coffee to soaps to cosmetics.  Journey through other divine healing heroes of the forest, the Turkey Tail mushroom, Lions Mane mushroom, & the common culinary mushroom, the Shiitake.  Learn about how each of these mushrooms exists in nature, how we can cultivate a working relationship with them in our health regimens and of course keep them sacred and wild where they deserve to remain.  Raising awareness of the growing market for these healers and what it means for us to do our part to grow our own, and explore the ethics of this huge growing industry.

-Learn the basic lifecycle and biology of mushrooms and their Fungal relatives.

-Learn how mushrooms exist in nature to better understand how they grow, and how we can apply these methods to our lives, agriculture, health regimens and more.

-Journey through a few varieties of medicinal mushrooms that are commonly used in modern alternative treatment.

-We talk about ways we can prepare and use these medicinals for both food and/or medicine.

-Tastings of long brewed Chaga tea and freshly extracted homegrown Reishi tea.

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DIY FUNGI - Using Mushrooms for Food, Planet & Soil
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

DIY FUNGI - Using Mushrooms for Food, Planet & Soil

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DIY Fungi: Using Mushrooms for Food, Planet and Soil
February 23, 2019
6-830pm
$30-50 sliding scale
Venmo: @Floraytierra

Mushrooms and their Fungi relatives interconnect all other systems we are dependent on. We are part of a diverse web of life, those connections rely on each other for survival. They are the hidden life force of cells working together to connect life, restore balance, nourish and cultivate healthy systems.

Journey through the complex web & ancient world of mushrooms. Explore how they grow in nature then, how they nurture us in return. Forging our immune systems, circulation, anti-inflammation & more. Exploring the many ways we can integrate Fungi into our regimens & systems. Mushrooms and their underground network of cells called mycelium are the unsung champions often missing from our studies, culture and horticulture practices. Learn the basics to recognizing them in the field.

Explore different ways to grow them for food & medicine. Take home skills to get started incorporating mushrooms in your kitchen, garden and medicine cabinet.

Everyone goes home with an Oyster Mushroom starter to begin growing their own mushrooms on waste streams and more.

Please email:
floraytierra@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/292460058120826/?ti=icl

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San Diego-Love + Power of Medicinal Mushrooms
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

San Diego-Love + Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

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The Love + Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

San Diego, California-

private address, location given upon registration, space limited

Together we navigate the complex web & ancient world of medicinal mushrooms.  Explore how they grow in nature then, how they nurture us in return. Explore the deep history humans have with medicinal mushrooms & their power to heal. Identifying uses, and ways to prepare them. We will demonstrate the vast options and diversity of properties within just a handful of selected varieties.  The most common and popular we will look at & work with is the Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom, the legendary ‘Mushroom of Immortality.’

Journey through other divine healers in the wild, the Turkey Tail mushroom, Lion’s Mane mushroom, & the common culinary mushroom, the Shiitake.  Learn about how each of these mushrooms exists in nature, how we can cultivate a working relationship with them in our health regimens and of course keep them sacred and wild where they deserve to remain.  Raising awareness of the growing market for these healers and what it means for us to do our part to grow our own, and explore the ethics of this huge growing industry.

-Learn the basic life cycle and biology of mushrooms and their Fungal relatives.

-Learn how mushrooms exist in nature to better understand how they grow, and how we can apply these methods to our lives, agriculture, health regimens and more.

-Journey through a few varieties of medicinal mushrooms that are commonly found in stores.

-We talk about ways we can prepare and use these medicinals for both food and/or medicine.

-Tastings of long brewed Chaga tea and freshly extracted homegrown Reishi tea.

-preparation of the first part of our Double extracted Reishi mushroom tincture, this involves processing the Reishi and storing & soaking it with supplied grain alcohol.

-All attendees will enjoy will take home some dried Reishi mushrooms to begin your partnership with these healers.

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BIO:



Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY.

Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms & fungi. Olga teaches workshops throughout the world about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation. She was a core organizer for the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence and the MycoSymbiotics Festival from 2015-17 and helped establish the first ever New Moon Mycology Summit in 2018.

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The Love + Power of Medicinal Mushrooms
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Love + Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

Journey through the complex web & ancient world of medicinal mushrooms.  Explore how they grow in nature then, how they nurture us in return. We will discuss the deep history humans have with medicinal mushrooms & their power to heal. Identifying uses, and ways to prepare them.  We will focus on their constituents and the diversity of properties within just a few selected varieties.

Mushrooms are known for forging our immune systems, circulation, anti-inflammation responses & more. Join us this evening to journey through just a handful of medicinal mushrooms that grow locally in the wild, that we can even incorporate in our growing practices to lessen the impact of wild-crafting. Lets cultivate a working, sustainable relationship with them in our health care. Raising awareness of the growing market for these healers and what it means for us to do our part to grow our own, and explore the ethics of this huge growing industry.

All attendees will enjoy sipping on long brewed Chaga tea and take home some dried Reishi mushrooms to begin your partnership with these healers.

Price $35-50 Sliding Scale

Register + rsvp to goodfightherbco@gmail.com

Class is limited to only 15 seats

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Mushrooms of Greece
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Mushrooms of Greece

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Excited to be hosted by everyone over at the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association !

This class is FREE!

Join Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms as she showcases the fantastic world of the mushrooms, fungi and flora of Greece.  Over the past 5 years Olga has been returning to her ancestral homeland seasonally to explore not just the ancient ruins of Greece but also the ancient mycelial networks present there. The typical image of Greece is usually coastlines and sparkling beaches of clear Mediterranean Sea water. Of course those vistas are worth the rave, but Greece is more than the beach and islands, its the mountains, the water, the hot springs, the forests, the plants, its the slow paced villages & the busy late night streets of Thessaloniki. Not often is this diverse country noted for its wide ranging cuisine, ecosystems and its flora and fauna. Take a look into the relationships the locals have with certain species of mushrooms & plants, & the recipes for use. In our discussion we focus on the different bio-regions visited and the Fungi that typically grow during the fall months.  Enjoy a visual journey through the mountains, coastlines and villages of Greece.

Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY.

Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine.  In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms & fungi.  Olga teaches workshops throughout the continent about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation.  She was a core organizer for the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence and the MycoSymbiotics Festival  from 2015-17 and helped establish the first ever New Moon Mycology Summit in 2018.


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Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms, Their Uses and Applications
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms, Their Uses and Applications

Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms, Their Uses and Applications

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Avenue & Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11205 United States

Come explore the deep history humans have with medicinal mushrooms and their power to heal as we journey through this ancient world with Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms. In this workshop, we'll identify common types, examine how they grow, demonstrate their uses and ways to prepare them. Learn who and what mushrooms are as we look at how they help forge our immune system, showcasing the diversity of properties within just a handful of selected varieties like the Turkey Tail mushroom, Lions Mane mushroom, & the common culinary mushroom, the Shiitake.

We’ll further untangle the legendary “Mushroom of Immortality”, known as the Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom, put in everything from coffee to soaps to cosmetics as we assemble a double extracted tincture. Learn about how these divine healing heroes of the forest exist in nature and how we can cultivate a working relationship with them in our health regimens while maintaining their sacred and wild essence. Sip on long brewed Chaga tea and freshly extracted homegrown Reishi tea as we explore the ethics of this growing industry. We welcome first time hobbyist and veteran mycologists!

Topics Covered:

  • The basic life cycle and biology of mushrooms and their Fungal relatives.

  • How mushrooms exist in nature and how we can apply these methods to our lives, agriculture, health regimens and more.

  • Journey through a few varieties of medicinal mushrooms that are commonly found in stores.

  • Preparing these medicinals for both food and/or medicine.

  • Preparing the first part of our Double extracted Reishi mushroom tincture, this involves processing the Reishi and storing & soaking it with supplied grain alcohol.

  • EVERYONE goes home with 4oz of Reishi tincture

ABOUT OLGA TZOGAS
Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY. Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine.  In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms & fungi.  She teaches workshops throughout the region about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation.

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2nd Annual South Wedge Autumn Roots Festival South Wedge Mission
Sep
25
9:00 PM21:00

2nd Annual South Wedge Autumn Roots Festival South Wedge Mission

Find Smugtown Mushrooms tabling at this super awesome event!!

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

The second annual autumnal neighborhood event! Seeking to cultivate and celebrate the arts, spirituality and justice in our community and beyond.

Hear some of the best in local music, connect with a neighborhood grassroots agency, register to vote, take some time to meditate, connect with neighbors and new friends, and so much more!

Musical acts headlined by The English Project Experience, as well as Her Dad's Banjo, Ben Morey and Katie Preston, and more!

Special African Drumming and Dance session and performance by Atebayilla with internationally acclaimed artist Mohamed Diaby!

Children's activities provided by Hippity Hip!

Bring plants and veggies to swap in the produce exchange!

We're grateful to this year's sponsors, K-Robin Guitars, Dicky's Corner Pub, and Printroc for their support!

Participating groups include:

St. Joseph's House of Hospitality of Rochester, NY
City Roots Community Land Trust
Coffee Connection
WAYO 104.3 FM
Abundance Food Co-op
Smugtown Mushrooms
Refuge Recovery Rochester
Friends of Calvary St. Andrews ROC
Flower City Pickers
Rochester Food Not Bombs
League of Women Voters of Rochester Metropolitan Area
Worker Justice Center of New York
Hippity Hip
Police Accountability Board Alliance
Submarine Music
Frederick Douglass Community Library
Roc SALT Center
Alianza Agricola
The Wedge Newspaper
Mercy Spirituality Center
...and more to come

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Deep Creek Mushroom Camp
Aug
23
to Aug 26

Deep Creek Mushroom Camp

Four days of a deep view into the world of mushrooms, lichen & other fungal identification.  This weekend goes beyond, just common edibles but rather is a training to acquire the confidence it takes to really start identifying mushrooms and other fungi for varied use and survival.

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New Moon Mycology Summit
Aug
10
to Aug 12

New Moon Mycology Summit

  • white pine community farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mycelium Underground
In collaboration with CoRenewal present:

NEW MOON MYCOLOGY SUMMIT

Weekend portion -  
NewMoon Mycology Summit
August 10-12, 2018
 

Cost: $75-375 sliding scale INCLUDES meals & camping

Open to the public, walk-ins welcome, Registration encouraged

Three days of workshops, lectures & hands-on learning  

Topics include but not limited to
Mushroom cultivation (low & high tech)
Wild Mushroom Identification
Fungal biology
Mycoremediation
Myco-Medicine
Myco-Alchemy
Plant and Fungal journeying
Lichenology
Bryophytes
Tree Identification
SilvoPasture   
HydroGeology
cology
Myco-Entheogens
Ethno-Mycology
Sex life of Fungi
Myco-Art
Myco-Movement
Myco-spirituality & mycopsychology


We love to encourage topics ranging from but not limited to
Decolonization
Social Sciences
primitive skills
Herbalism
Health Sciences
Earthen Building
the Arts
Pottery
Medicine Making
Anti-Oppression Work
Mass Incarceration & Toxic Prisons
Climbing Training
Direct Action
Non-Violent communication
The Healing Arts

Permaculture

& more

APPLY TO TEACH HERE

A time and place where people can gather in the physical to re-energize, learn, exchange ideas, develop collaborations, and make connections, all with the spirit of reconnecting the disconnect in our culture, earth and communities. Although there is a focus on mycology, this event will be a platform for real change to take place and for people from diverse areas of expertise to learn from each other and to find common ground to solve real problems.  

This event includes workshops & other hands-on learning experiences that encourage learning, idea-sharing, healing, research and creativity.

Register Here

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​42nd Annual Sam Ristich Foray NEMF Foray
Jul
26
to Jul 29

​42nd Annual Sam Ristich Foray NEMF Foray

2nd Annual Sam Ristich Foray NEMF Foray!
July 26-29, 2018

(Registration Deadline: June 30, 2018)   

2018 NEMF Foray Hosting Clubs:

Central New York Mycological Society
MidYork Mycological Society (MYMS)
Rochester Area Mycological Association (RAMA)
Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (SVMS)

NEMF Foray, July 26 – 29, 2018                               
At SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY.   
Foray Chair: David Wolf, Email dbwolf@frontiernet.net
Registrars: Cindy and Peter Molesky
Email   NEMF2018registrar@gmail.com
 
 
     Welcome to the 42nd annual NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray
The host clubs Central New York Mycological Society (CNYMS), Mid York Mycological Society, (MYMS), Rochester Area Mycologogical Association (RAMA), & Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (SVMS) would like to invite you to join us to foray in the beautiful upstate New York area. 
any of our forays are scheduled for Letchworth State Park, nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East” and voted the best state park in the country in 2015. The Finger Lakes are another point of interest. State parks Taughannock and Buttermilk near Cayuga Lake boast some beautiful waterfalls. Wineries and breweries can be found down the length of these lakes. Many of these wineries have picnic areas with beautiful vistas overlooking these lakes. If you have time, cities to visit on the Finger Lakes include Geneva & Seneca Falls to the North, and Watkins Glen & Ithaca to the south. Geneseo is a small college town with a population of only 8,000. The National Warplane Museum is located right in Geneseo and will be performing an air show from July 13-15, 2018. The nearest city is Rochester, about 30 miles North of Geneseo. Rochester is filled with many parks designed by Frederick Olmsted, designer of New York City’s Central Park. In Rochester, he created what is known as the “Emerald Necklace” of parks along the Genesee River, the same river that runs through Letchworth.

To see a terrific video by Richard Cook of the beautiful fungi-filled parks we will be visiting, go to the AREA ATTRACTIONS page.

These parks include Genesee Valley Park, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park and Highland Park. To learn more about these areas, visit the following websites:
https://livingstoncountychamber.com/  https://parks.ny.gov/parks/79/details.aspx https://www.letchworthpark.com/
https://www.geneseo.edu/  http://www.fingerlakes.org/travel-guide https://geneseony.com/index.asp#

General Information -  Kathie Hodge of Cornell University will be our lead mycologist. We expect most of the forays to be within a half hour or less bus ride. (Letchworth State Park is 7 miles away). We are planning a sit-down, buffet style dinner for Saturday evening. The theme for our dinner will be “Farm Fresh” with food sourced from local suppliers. All other meals will be served cafeteria style. Socials are planned every night with a cash bar and free snacks

Campus accommodations – Dormitories are arranged in three and four bedroom suites . Two people will share a bedroom. Each suite has a shared common room and bathroom. We will attempt to put 4 people per suite, depending on quantity of people signed up. “Singles” would get a room to themselves, but will still share the suite. Linens and towels provided. There is no air conditioning, so you may want to bring a fan. Average temperatures this time of year are high of 81 and low of 61. As mentioned, meals will be cafeteria style with a buffet dinner on Saturday night. Meal times will be: Breakfast at 6:30am-7:30am, Lunch at 11:30am-12:30pm, Dinner at 5:00pm-6:00pm. These are serve times, seating time extends for another 30 minutes. Socials will run from 9:00 to 11:00.

Alcohol – The college will allow you to bring alcohol into your dorm room. It is not to be consumed in open or common areas on campus. There will be a cash bar in the student union during socials and you will be able to take alcohol outside, onto patio, overlooking the valley.

Commuter Option – If you do not want to stay on campus, you may make your own reservations at a local hotel or campground, and register as a commuter.

Travel to Geneseo – Geneseo is just over 30 miles south of Rochester. From NYS Thruway Route 90, take 390 south to exit 8. Take 20A to Geneseo. From areas south, take rt. 86 (Former rt. 17) to 390. Take 390 north to either exit 7 or 8. From exit 7, take 63 north to Geneseo. From exit 8, take 20A to Geneseo.
 

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CLEARWATER Great Hudson River Revival Festival
Jun
16
to Jun 17

CLEARWATER Great Hudson River Revival Festival

Find Smugtown Mushrooms within the Artisanal Food & Farm Market

Join this AMAZING evetn, not to be missed!

June 16 & 17, 2018 at Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

in Westchester County

The 2018 Clearwater Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9AM.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (aka “the Clearwater Festival” or “Revival”) features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and  stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.

Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise the funds to build the sloop Clearwater, which has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a non-profit organization that sails at the forefront of the nation’s environmental challenges. The revenue raised by the Revival goes to support Clearwater’s numerous educational programs and its work toward environmental and social justice—as well as keeping the sloop Clearwater afloat.

Mission of the Festival

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is produced by the nonprofit, member-supported, environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. All proceeds go directly to support Clearwater’s environmental research, education and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as communities in the river valley.

The festival has helped over 250,000 adults experience the wonders of the Hudson River from aboard the sloop Clearwater. The organization itself has gained worldwide recognition for its leadership in helping to pass landmark environmental laws, both state and federal, including the Clean Water Act. Recently, Clearwater played a key role in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) decision to remove PCBs from the Hudson River. This decision compels one of the Hudson River’s biggest polluters to begin removing the toxic PCBs from the water, thereby expediting the amount of time before the river is restored. In 2002, Pete Seeger, the founder of Clearwater, was named a “Clean Water Hero” for his prominent efforts in the passage of the Clean Water Act. His tireless devotion to working through Clearwater and promoting its message to effectively use the law in prosecuting polluters of America’s waterways has made the Clean Water Act perhaps the most successful environmental law in the country.

Today, seeing the success of the Clearwater organization, one cannot imagine these achievements being possible without the Clearwater FestivalThe Great Hudson River Revival has helped raise funds and served as a beacon toward raising awareness in support of America’s First River. And it all started more than 35 years ago, when it was but the dream of a banjo-picking folksinger.

History of the Festival

Back in the mid-sixties, after centuries of accumulated sewage pollution and industrial dumping of toxic chemicals, the Hudson River, like many of America’s most important estuaries, was declared “dead”. The river’s fragile ecological system was devastated. Not a single fish was found in many areas, and the level of commercial fishing had¥dropped so dramatically as to be regarded as nonexistent. Recognizing this incredible social and environmental tragedy, Pete Seeger, a popular musician and respected activist, decided “to build a boat to save the river”. Holding small, fundraising river concerts throughout the Hudson River Valley, he literally passed his banjo among the crowd, collecting contributions to build the elegant tall ship that would become a symbol of environmental advocacy, the flagship of the American Environmental Movement, the sloop Clearwater.

This nomadic folk festival picnic continued to travel through out the Hudson River Valley, then in 1978 the gathering set down roots at a historic river park, Croton Point, on the Hudson River and was coined The Great Hudson River Revival. However, ten years later, due to pollution problems with the landfill at the park, the festival was forced to move from the river. This move resulted in a decade of exile inland at a suburban college campus. In 1998, however, the Clearwater board of directors pushed to move the festival on or near the Hudson River, and a year later the Clearwater Festival returned to its spiritual home, the shores of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park.

Since the 1960s, the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration, its music, dance and storytelling, education and activism attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River.

About Clearwater

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Herbal Hoedown!
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Herbal Hoedown!

Smugtown Mushrooms is teaching & vending at this amazing event!

the herbal hoedown!
@ six circles farm lodi, ny
saturday, june 2nd, 2018
9:00am till 6:30pm

Come on down and celebrate all the amazing healing plants at New York's only (and oldest) herbal conference! 
Discover what is available locally, meet other herbal lovers and take classes that will cover a wide range of topics. The day will be filled with classes, walks, herbal market, and music. Classes include the Got CBD?, Herbal Medicine for Mental Health, the Golden Answer, Decolonizing Herbalism, Lyme Disease Herbal Protocols, Invasive Plants, Boundaries & Medicine, Immersion into the World of Mushrooms and Fungi, Healing and Prevention According to Ayurveda, and so much more!. 

Please join us to celebrate all the amazing healing plants in our community. 

In our continued commitment to make the herbal community accessible, the ticket price is based on a self-determined sliding scale of $25 - $75; children 12 and under are always free. There are work~trade opportunities available. 
Food is available for purchase from the Mama Said Hand Pies, Sunrise Samosas, and Over the Moon Grilled Cheeserie. 
Don’t miss this amazing day of herbs, classes and networking.

Space is limited, so don’t hesitate; Register now! You can find the registration form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfX_ADx86kfEGRMYNktjhOGDVvHwYHfpTSURCowgZ-uOywdKA/viewform
For more information, please email herbalhoedown@gmail.com

Come on down and meet your herbal community!

Purchase tickets at Bramble or online at https://squareup.com/store/bramble-community-herbalism/item/herbal-hoedown-ticket

the schedule:
9-9:30am registration
9:35-10:00am opening circle
10:15-11:30am classes
11:45-1:00pm classes
1:15-2:45pm lunch, herbal market, music
3:00-4:15pm classes
4:30-5:45pm classes
6:00-6:30pm herbal market, talking with new friends, networking...

registration /check in will be open from 9-1:30pm. please stop by the registration table upon your arrival so we can check you in and welcome you!

what to bring:
proper clothing for being outside all day! the weather is variable so be prepared!
sun protection (sunscreen, hats…)
chair
water bottle
lunch +/or snacks
money to purchase lunch +/or snacks from our food vendors!

what NOT to bring:
pets
anything that would disrupt the safe, family friendly vibe!

kids:
children are welcome! however, there is no childcare available although there are classes for children throughout the day. your kids are welcome to attend classes with you.

finding six circles farm:
1491 Caywood Road. Lodi NY 14860
- Caywood Road is located off of Route 414 in Lodi, NY along Seneca Lake
- There is a sign for Silver Thread Winery at the corner of Route 414 and Caywood Road
- Once on Caywood Road, please follow parking and walking direction
- Accessible parking is available

thanks for being a part of our growing and vibrant herbal community! looking forward to seeing you at the hoedown!

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Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation for Urban Landsacpes
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation for Urban Landsacpes

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Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation for Urban Landscapes

May 19, 2018

10-4pm @

Small World Books

425 North St Rochester NY 14605

Prices start $50-90 & include LUNCH & growing materials included

Pricing is sliding scale and we encourage you to pay what you can.

Register Here

Join Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms & Alex Dorr from Mushroom Revival for a full day, Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation class set and focused on urban or small farm production for hobby, permaculture and small scale commerical use.

This day will be an extensive glimpse into many facets of mushroom cultivation that can be grown in the garden, indoors, greenhouses and shaded urban or wood lots.  A lunch and beverages will be offered.

Workshop 10-4pm

10-10:15 - intros, welcome
10:15-11 - life cycle, ecological roles, human interaction with mushies, taxonomy/anatomy
11-12 - oysters (hands on making bags), setting up a small oyster farm, what to do with spent blocks (mycoremedition 101, vermi-mycocomposting, mycogardening/mulching) 
12-1 lunch yum yums
1-1:45 woodchips culture and garden beds
1:45-2:30 - log cultivation
2:30 - 3:15 - medicinals 101
3:15-3:45 - cooking
3:45-4 - closing wrap up the burrito

Times and topics are subject to change*

Bio of Alex Dorr

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Alex Dorr is a Mycologist who graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree studying mycology with a focus on mycoremediation. He has dedicated the last four and a half years to learning as much as possible about fungi. Alex Dorr is the owner and founder of Mushroom Revival, an organic commercial Cordyceps militaris farm, education hub, and medicinal mushroom supplement company. (Mushroomrevival.com). Former lab manager, spawn producer and education coordinator for Fungi Ally, a mushroom hub located in Hadley MA. Currently working to help remediate old oil pits left by Texaco/Chevron in the Sucumbios region of Ecuador with the nonprofit 501c3 grassroots bioremediation organization, Corenewal. Alex received his commercial spawn production and cleanroom certifications from Aloha Medicinals, the world’s largest organic medicinal mushroom producer. Alex completed independent research with fungi in Ecuador, helped and consulted mushroom farmers in Mexico and Jamaica and built a mushroom lab in Jamaica in collaboration with Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain to provide spawn for the island. He has also created many mushroom installations and taught dozens of workshops and has given lectures around Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Texas and more! Travelling all around the world, teaching and growing mushrooms in countries like Mexico, Jamaica and Ecuador. Dedicated to the mission of using fungi to clean up the earth’s pollution 

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Hudson Baslica Farm & Flea
May
12
to May 13

Hudson Baslica Farm & Flea

Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents. Basilica Farm & Flea is inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley.

Each market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The markets embody love of vintage and recycled, locally-sourced agriculture and the beautifully handmade. With over 10,000 square feet of raw space, Basilica Farm & Flea is the only market of this scale in the region, an integral part of Basilica Hudson’s arts and cultural programs.

$5 weekend admission | kids under 12 FREE

Basilica Hudson

110 S Front St, Hudson, New York 12534

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Health
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Medicinal Mushrooms for Health

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Health

 Saturday, April 14 at 10 AM - 4 PM 

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

225 S Fulton St, Ithaca, New York 14850

Are you interested in mushrooms, do you love herbs? Would you like to start confidently combining traditional herbs and medicinal mushrooms? Join Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms and Jennifer Whitmore from The Bramble collective to learn about the power of mushrooms and how we can use them everyday. 

Humans have had a long relationship using mushrooms & Fungi for food, medicine & ceremony. This class will discuss the history behind our understanding of how these mushrooms contribute to our health and the various ways we can access them today. Explore how amazing mushrooms can be for your health, immune system & your general wellness!

Together we will prepare ingredients and learn how to make a mushroom tincture, fire cider, an herbal/mushroom blend, and bone broth (a vegetarian variation on the bone broth will be included). End results will be comforting and satisfying, simmering mushroom/herbal blends “inoculated, fruiting and blossoming” in your own kitchens to nourish your body, family and community. Please join us!


COST:

$45/$65/$85 tiered pricing based on income, please see http://policy.wellspringforestfarm.com/

Includes materials ($25) for the course and light snacks.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

EGISTER AT: http://events.wellspringforestfarm.com/

About the Teachers:

Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY. Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and learning to identify for food and medicine. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. She teaches workshops throughout the continent about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation.

Jennifer (McElwain) Whitmore, grandma, momma, farmer, herbalist. Member of Bramble collective, trained at Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, student of Margi Flint and Michael Cottingham. Jenn loves to grow plants, study plants and hike where the plants and mushrooms are. Currently, with my two adult daughters, she is brewing Tree gemmotherapies, distilling essential oils blending herbal tea and studying Celtic herbal traditions.

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LIFESTYLE FARMING CONFERENCE
Apr
7
8:00 AM08:00

LIFESTYLE FARMING CONFERENCE

LIFESTYLE FARMING CONFERENCE

Register Now for Spring 2018 Lifestyle Farming Conference

The Lifestyle Farming Conference is back, and more comprehensive than ever. With 44 courses (up from 29 last fall) the April 7 Conference highlights spring topics to help you work your chainsaw, improve your maple sugaring, or prepare your vegetable garden. You can also learn important year-round skills including homestead site assessment, permaculture principles, and farm financial management.

Experts hailing from Schoharie County and well beyond will present hands-on workshops to advance your homesteading skills. From bees to cheese and meat rabbits to saw milling, the Lifestyle Farming Conference promises to be an intensive and fun day of learning. Classes fill up fast, so register now.

Read all about the courses and register today at: www.cobleskill.edu/lifestylefarming

Register now >

See Workshops >

Maple Syrup 101
Sap to Syrup Processing
Sugar Bush Management
Maple Candies & Creams (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Summer Strawberry Patch
Cultivating Cider & Heirloom Apples
Bush Berries
Orchard Startup and Grafting (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Waking Up The Veggie Garden
Healthy Soil - Happy Plants
Growing with Drip Irrigation & Ag Films
Garden Planning & Seed Starting
Garden Insect & Disease Management

Mushrooms 101
Introduction to Wild and Medicinal Mushrooms
Mushroom Bags Cultivation (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Startup Farming
Homestead Site Assessment
Homestead Planning
Farm Financial Management
Farm Marketing for Beginners
Permaculture Principles

Introduction to Bees & Hives
The Backyard Flock
Meat Rabbits
Keeping Your Beef: Care and Nutrition

Know Your Cuts: Pork & Beef
Whole Hog Breakdown (3 Hour Skill Builder)
1/2 Cow Breakdown (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Setting an Edge: Knife & Tool Sharpening
Chainsaw 101
Homestead Saw Milling
Operating Small Farm Equipment
Spring Tractor Startup & Repairs (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Preparing Your Fibers for Use
Fiber Felting

BBQ & Smoking for Beginners (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Cheese Making: Beyond the Basics (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Culinary Herbs Preservation

Essential Oils
Sauvé & Lotions

Advanced Brewing: Beyond the Kit (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Read More Details about Each Course

Register Now to Attend

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Regional Mushroom Medicine - Hosted by Schenectady Herbal Society
Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Regional Mushroom Medicine - Hosted by Schenectady Herbal Society

  • Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady 1221 Wendell Avenue Schenectady NY 12308 (map)
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REGIONAL MUSHROOM MEDICINE

Friday, April 7, 6:30-9pm                                                                                                                             Sliding Scale Class $20-40 per person                                                                  includes materials to make your own Reishi tincture to take home

A evening made possible by the forces of the Schenectady Herb Society & Smugtown Mushrooms of Rochester NY

Our forests and landscapes are abundant in natural medicine, simple yet potent.  The ecosystems within our region hold such power to heal, we are just scratching at the surface.  Join us on this evening to journey through just a handful of medicinal mushrooms that grow abundantly in the wild and that we can even incorporate in our cultivation practices to lessen the impact of wildcrafting.  Learn how these mushrooms and fungi grow, exist and nurture holistically.  Use all your senses to learn about the vast & diverse world of mushroom & fungi.  Examining their ancient story that connects humans and all life to them. Take a look at the roles mushrooms play within our lives, the forest, and in food systems. Learn basic concepts of mycology, and explore into their biology.  Enter into the "wood wide web" and find out how they exist in nature & in return be nurtured by them, for food, medicine & ceremony.

Schenectady Herb Society started as a small group interested in learning about medicinal herbs. We meet once a month to share information we have studied on our herb of the month. Five years later, our group has grown immensely with hikes, projects, and now community events.  For more information please send an inquiry email to: electiccityhive@gmail.com

 

 

 

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34th Annual GrowTogether 2018-NYC
Mar
31
8:30 AM08:30

34th Annual GrowTogether 2018-NYC

34th Annual GrowTogether 2018 

Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 AM - 4 PM-$5-10

Join NYC Parks GreenThumb as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, where we’ll be “Honoring Our Roots” and kicking-off the community gardening season in New York City! The day will be packed with workshops and kids’ activities. 

This year's GrowTogether Conference will feature a keynote address by Karen Washington – a pioneer and advocate for community gardens and food justice, a member of La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, and the co-founder of the Black Urban Growers.

Children 12 years old and under are free!

The first 500 people to purchase a ticket in advance will receive a free 40th anniversary gift.

Schedule for the Day

8:15 a.m. - Registration Opens

8:30-9:15 a.m. - Everyone move to theater to be seated

9:25 a.m. - Opening Ceremony begin

9:30 a.m. -Welcome & Speakers

9:50 - Keynote Speaker – Karen Washington

10:25 a.m. - Announce winner of the T- shirt Contest

10:30 a.m. - Performance by Raízes do Brazil

10:45 a.m. - Opening Ceremony Close

11:00-12:15 p.m. - Workshop Session 1

11:00-2:30 p.m. - Exhibits / Networking Area

11:00-2:30 p.m. - T-Shirt Pick Up

12:25-1:25 p.m. - Lunch Session A

12:25-1:25 p.m. - Workshop Session 2A

1:35-2:35 p.m. - Lunch Session B

1:35-2:35 p.m. - Workshop Session 2B

2:45- 4:00 p.m. - Workshop Session 3

Featured Panels

Floods, Bugs, and Dog Days: Gardening in the Age of Climate Change

Mild winters, summer droughts, and heavy storms are impacting growers throughout the region. More garden pests and diseases are surviving the winter and weed issues are changing. As many gardeners know all too well, Superstorm Sandy damaged community gardens and wreaked havoc on our city. Come share what you've been experiencing with the changing climate in your garden and discuss what to do about it with representatives of community gardens and grassroots organizations on the front lines of fighting climate change.

MODERATOR: Aziz Dekhan, NYC Community Garden Coalition and Gardens Rising
Annel Hernandez, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Ceci Pineda, GOLES and BK Rot
Genea Foster, UPROSE
Shephali Patel, The Youth Farm
Growing Healing Spaces in Community Gardens with Plants

Gardeners and urban farmers across the city are extending community healing spaces into their gardens. They have been growing and using plant medicines to strengthen the community, reimagine care, reconnect to their ancestors, and reclaim agency of their self-care. Join Karen Rose, Founder of Sacred Vibes Apothecary, for an in-depth panel discussion with growers of herbal medicine from the Bronx to Brooklyn.

MODERATOR: Karen Rose, Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Eric-Michael Rodriguez, Horticulture Coordinator at the High Line, Herbalist and Gardener
Glenda Ullauri, Farm Educator at KCC Urban Farm
Jean Lewis-Maldee, Community Gardener in Canarsie
Lucia Hernandez, Community Gardener at Bryant Hill Community Garden
Nayda Maymi, Community Gardener at Ashford Street Learning Garden
Sheryll Durrant, Farm Manager at New Roots Community Farm and Kelly Street Garden
Garden Legends: Get into the Weeds with the Community Gardeners who helped Shape the Movement

Hear from the community gardeners who were there from the beginning, cleaning up vacant lots and turning them into the community space we know and love today. GreenThumb invites longtime gardeners to share their stories, histories, and what keeps them going.

MODERATOR: Gerard Lordahl, GrowNYC
Abu Talib, Taqwa Community Farm (Bronx)
Eliza Butler, New Vision Community Garden (Brooklyn)
Haja Worley, Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden (Manhattan)
Jenny Benitez, Riverside Valley Community Garden (Manhattan)
Jon Crow, Brooklyn Bears Pacific Street (Brooklyn)
Karen Washington, Garden of Happiness (Bronx)
Seed Keeping: Storytelling and the Importance of Saving Seeds

Through storytelling, learn how our community farms lift up the importance of our cultural seeds, just as people who move around the world honor and continue their traditions through seed keeping. Gardeners who attend this workshop will receive heirloom seeds grown by community farms for Truelove Seeds to plant in their own community gardens.

Owen Taylor, Truelove Seeds (Philadelphia, PA)
Kendra Ellis, East New York Farms! (Brooklyn)
Rose Nzapa Ayeke, New Roots Community Farm (Bronx)
Sheryll Durrant, International Rescue Committee and New Roots Community Farm (Bronx)
Yiyi Tin, New Roots Community Farm (Bronx)
Youth members, East New York Farms! (Brooklyn)
More than 50 Workshops On:

Cultivating Community Engagement
Financial and Political Support
Food Justice
Gardening and Horticulture
Health and Well-Being
Making Things with Plants and Herbs
Specialized Workshops for Teachers and Garden Educators
Back by Popular Demand!

Soap Making 101

Marcia Denson – Phoenix Community Garden

Make your own soap using an easy melt-and- pour method with herbs and essential oils.

New for 2018: Urban Soaping

Sharon Griffin – CocoaVera and New Roots Community Farm

Join herbal soap maker Sharon Griffin to learn how to make soap from coconut oil, castor oil, and additional natural ingredients, including herbs from her garden.

Stay tune for more exciting workshops to be listed!

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Polypore Mushrooms
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Polypore Mushrooms

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Polypore Mushrooms

Cornell's Fantastic Fungi Fanatics hosts Smugtown Mushrooms for an evening of exploration of our regional Polypore Mushrooms

This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Cornell University, Mann Library ROOM 102*

Polypores are such important decomposers and recyclers of the forest. Learn about the many different types in our area and their vast array of mechanisms!

Many are revered edibles, medicinals, and none are known to be toxic (in our region), thus they are a GREAT beginners group of Fungi to become acquainted with!

Please come with an open mind & heart

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Cooking Mushrooms with Olga from Smugtown Mushrooms
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Cooking Mushrooms with Olga from Smugtown Mushrooms

Cooking Mushrooms with Olga from Smugtown Mushrooms

Rochester Vegan Community Center

14 Edmonds Street, Rochester, New York 14607

Monday at 7 PM - 9 PM

Hosted by Rochester Vegan Community Center and 

Learn to cook mushrooms beyond just the classic white button or portobello! There is such diversity within the mushroom world that includes the different flavors and textures they naturally have. Mushrooms are loaded with proteins, fiber, and complex carbohydrates that nourish us from within. 

We will learn to use mushrooms like Oysters, Shiitake, Lions Mane and King Trumpet! Each having their own flavor complex and qualities. Dont eat your mushrooms raw, they need to be cooked to obtain their nutritional and medicinal qualities and it goes beyond a simple sautee! 

Join Olga for an evening of mushroom cooking and exploration within the mushroom kingdom! 


Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY.
Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms & fungi. She teaches workshops throughout the region about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation.

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CLEVELAND:Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop and Preparation
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

CLEVELAND:Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop and Preparation

Join us at the Cleveland Holistic Collab on Sunday March 18th from 2-4:30pm as we welcome our Special Guest, Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms. She will lead an interactive workshop sharing her passion and knowledge of the adaptogenic benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms! Co-hosting and joining Olga will be Lauren Porochonski of the Cleveland Holistic Collab, contributing her passions and stories of foraging for fungi, as well.

Humans have had a long relationship using mushrooms & Fungi for food, medicine & ceremony.  Olga will be discussing the history behind our ethnomycological journey and ways we can access what they can provide.  Explore how amazing mushrooms can be for your health, immune system & your general wellness!

We will go through various different kinds of mushrooms and what qualities they offer to us then everyone will be taking home the beginning of their very own mushroom tincture!! Exploring even, mushrooms & Fungi that can be found in our Bioregion!

Take home a pint jar of Reishi tincture. Medicinal Mushroom Tea and Mushroom Infused Chocolate will be offered. $40

Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY.
Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and learning to identify their use for food and medicine.
In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms education, growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential mushrooms & fungi have to help heal both people, planet & soul. She teaches workshops throughout the continent about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation.

*The information provided at this workshop is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. The Medicinal Mushrooms presented, formulated in tea and food are Non-Psychoactive and are safe for human consumption, provided there are no allergies that would prevent handling or consumption.

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