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!
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
Plant and Fungal journeying
Sex life of Fungi
Myco-spirituality & mycopsychology
We love to encourage topics ranging from but not limited to
Mass Incarceration & Toxic Prisons
The Healing Arts
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrars: Cindy and Peter Molesky
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.
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
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 Festival. The 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.
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 email@example.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
9:35-10:00am opening circle
1:15-2:45pm lunch, herbal market, music
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…)
lunch +/or snacks
money to purchase lunch +/or snacks from our food vendors!
what NOT to bring:
anything that would disrupt the safe, family friendly vibe!
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!
Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation for Urban Landscapes
May 19, 2018
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.
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.
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
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
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
110 S Front St, Hudson, New York 12534
Medicinal Mushrooms for Health
Saturday, April 14 at 10 AM - 4 PM
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!
$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.
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
Maple Syrup 101
Sap to Syrup Processing
Sugar Bush Management
Maple Candies & Creams (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Summer Strawberry Patch
Cultivating Cider & Heirloom Apples
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
Introduction to Wild and Medicinal Mushrooms
Mushroom Bags Cultivation (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Homestead Site Assessment
Farm Financial Management
Farm Marketing for Beginners
Introduction to Bees & Hives
The Backyard Flock
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
Homestead Saw Milling
Operating Small Farm Equipment
Spring Tractor Startup & Repairs (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Preparing Your Fibers for Use
BBQ & Smoking for Beginners (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Cheese Making: Beyond the Basics (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Culinary Herbs Preservation
Sauvé & Lotions
Advanced Brewing: Beyond the Kit (3 Hour Skill Builder)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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!
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
Cooking Mushrooms with Olga from Smugtown Mushrooms
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.
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.
Medicinal Mushrooms & their Uses & Preparations
(2.5 durations, includes tincture making at end of discussion, plus mushroom tea for sampling)
Join us for an afternoon of an interactive view into the world of medicinal mushrooms! Hosted at the rad Flora y Tierra community space!
Bring your best self, something to take notes with and an open heart <3
Humans have had a long relationship using mushrooms & Fungi for food, medicine & ceremony. Develop an understanding of how they exist, study their unique biology within the forest and other ecosystems, even our urban environments. Briefly discussing the history behind our ethnomycological journey and ways we can access what they can provide.
Explore how they grow in nature then, how they nurture us in return. Forging our immune systems, circulation, anti-inflammation & more. Be part of the growing awareness for how amazing mushrooms can be for your health, immune system & our general wellness. We will go through various different kinds of mushrooms, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Lions Mane Shiitake & more. Learning bout them and how to prepare them.
Attendees will be taking home the beginning of their very own mushroom tincture!!
Sliding Scale $30-45
Attendees who choose to register using PAYPAL please make your sliding scale donation to email
+ sending "friends and family option"
Thanks see you there!
The Fruiting Body: Immersion into the World of Mushrooms & Fungi
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. We will begin and end our class with a guided meditation led by Carolyn Baron of Botanarchy.
Come comfy and be ready for the connection between our worlds. This learning session will be super intimate and small, limited space for only 8-10 people. Please pre-register.
$40 includes mushroom tea sampling
In this workshop we will take a look into the roles mushrooms play within our lives, the forest and in food systems. Mushrooms and their underground network of cells called mycelium are the unsung heroes often missing from our studies, culture and horticulture practices. Learn the basics to mushroom biology, ecology and tips for recognizing them in the field. Explore different ways to grow them for food & medicine.
Exploring the many ways we can integrate Fungi into our systems,we will then begin to understand how we can incorporate them into growing methods for urban farmers and cultivators of all kinds. Then, by taking a hands on approach by making our own Oyster Mushroom starter kit to then take home and expand for future grows!
Hot mushroom tea and handouts will be offered for this class
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03/02: Mycology 101 with Olga Tzogas
Journey through the complex web & ancient world of Mushrooms & 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 community garden or your kitchen. Mushrooms and their underground network of cells called mycelium are the unsung heroes often missing from our studies, biomes, 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.
Mid-Winter Herbal &
Medicinal Mushroom Intensive
February 24, 2017 Singer Farm Naturals Appleton, NY
Morning session 10-12:30pm, Lunch 1-230pm, Afternoon Session: 3-430pm
Each session $35, lunch $10, Full-day $60 includes lunch
10-2pm, Medicinal Mushrooms, their Uses & Preparations
Join Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms for a morning of medicinal mushrooms!
Humans have had a long relationship using mushrooms & Fungi for food, medicine & ceremony. Briefly discussing the history behind our ethnomycological journey and ways we can access what they can provide. Journey through the complex web & ancient world of medicinal mushrooms. Explore how they grow in nature then, how they nurture us in return. Forging our immune systems, circulation, anti-inflammation & more. 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!!
LUNCH BREAK: 1-2:30pm VEGETARIAN Meal plenty of vegan options. Lunch is INCLUDED when you register for the FULL day. Otherwise Lunch is $10
3-4:30pm: A Study in Adaptogens
Spend the afternoon with Recipricol Roots & make your own Adaptogen Elixir. Handouts and materials will be provided.
Adaptogens are a powerful class of plant medicine. They support, nourish, and restore the depletion we experience as a result of moving through this world much too fast. We are constantly "on". Always working our way through the day while feeling the weight of stress, anxiety, fear and worry. Adaptogens build you up and push you through these times, all while letting those pressures fall away. Let the plants help you. They remember things that we have forgotten. In this class, you will get to know Schisandra, Rhodiola Rosea, Ashwaganda, Eleuthero, Tulsi, & Maca.
BIO of presenters:
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. 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.
Krisyin Grohman is a community herbalist devoted to putting the power back in the hands of the people through plant medicine. She holds a Bachelors degree from Empire State College, where she studied Ethnobotany. Her hands-on herbal education was completed through Heartstone Herbal School. Kristin's passion for herbal medicine, education and revolution led her to establish her own program, Reciprocal Roots.
We will talk about and discuss the amazing power of a handful of medicinal mushrooms, specifically Reishi, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail & even Shiitake! Reishi is a great HEART mushroom and can help with anxiety and other emotional head/heart related affairs...just in time for that weird holiday that makes folks feel like love is a commercial scheme....love yourself and heal yourself, for the love of FUNGI!
After the class at 9pm we will be making and crafting our own tincture for you to take home... this is a separate cost
This class is sliding scale $5-25 whatever you can afford for the event is great!!
You can click the ticket option here in Facebook and it will bring you to the option to register for MATERIALS
This $20 is for only the MATERIALS portion of the
workshop in Newburgh NY
The general class is Sliding Scale $5-25 and can be reserved or pre-payed by phone only by calling 585-690-1926----this is NOT mandatory and you can pay the day of at the door--CASH is encouraged for day-of payment
A flat fee for medicine making supplies is $20 (this is not included in the price of the standard class) which includes a pint jar that you will fill up with Reishi & grain alcohol to start you own tincture.
Please register for materials
SMUGTOWN MUSHROOMS WILL HAVE A TABLE FEATURING FRESH HOMEGROWN MUSHROOMS, GROW KITS, MEDICINAL MUSHROOM EXTRACTS, DRIED REISHI AND MORE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! COME FIND US AT THIS COOL, FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVENT
MORE INFO BELOW ABOUT THE WHOLE DAY:
Find out more about this first of its kind center
🌱We will have local business,non-profits and of course food.
🌱Admission is free 🌱
🌱There will be a talk at 4:00 by Demosthenes Maratos "Veganism is Environmentalism"
Demosthenes serves as the Communications Director at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, where he has been employed since 2009. Demosthenes has worked in the field of environmental and public policy since 1989. He began his career with the Long Island Neighborhood Network, the New York region’s largest and most active environmental advocacy organization. There, in addition to many successful efforts, he campaigned for the two most significant pieces of pesticide legislation in New York State history - the Neighbor Notification of Pesticide Spraying law and the Safe School Grounds law.
With the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Demosthenes is part of a team that provides community education and fosters informed debate on key issues related to sustainability. His work also includes integrating concepts of sustainability, environmental ethics, and veganism into the curriculum, operations and culture at Molloy College and the larger Long Island community. He is the Sustainability Institute’s lead organizer of the annual New York Vegan Living Program. He also hosts the Sustainability Institute’s Sustainable Living Film Series which boasts an entirely vegan menu at each screening, and makes the ethics and environmental benefits of veganism a central focus of each event. Demosthenes is featured in the 2014 documentary film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret that is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix. He has been vegan since 1989.
🌱Robin Helfritch Maratos will be talking about the Vegan Living Program that we will be offering at the center
🌱The grand opening will be followed by a ticketed dinner at 6:00 catered by Everyday Gourmet followed by Michael Harren performing his Animal Show
🌱Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he created The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will begin touring in the Summer of 2017.
In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.
Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country. Michael is a Moogfest artist who presented No Permission Needed: Create with Senator Jaiz at Moogfest 2017.