Greenhorns Presents: Forest Mycology and Wild Edibles in the Maine Woodlands And Wildlands

September 7th-9th Greenhorns and Eat Local Eastport present: Forest Mycology and Wild Edibles in the Maine Woodlands And Wildlands with Russ Cohen and Peter McCoy.

Join Russ Cohen and Peter McCoy for a weekend in the Maine wildlands and woodlands. Russ and Peter will teach us how to interact with and feed ourselves from the wild world around us – sustainably.

On Friday evening, we will all come together to learn the theoretical aspects of foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, this includes processes for identifying wild plants in the region as well as instructions for sustainable harvesting of wild edibles. Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants. Many of these species are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. These include native species like Black Raspberry and Shagbark Hickory, non-native weeds like Burdock and Chicory, and exotic invasive species like Dame’s Rocket and Japanese Knotweed. The Pine Tree State is also home to dozens of species of edible mushrooms. Russ’ evening talk will cover at least four dozen of the tastiest species the region has to offer. These include species everyone knows well, like Daisies and Dandelions, plus species they may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower.  At least a dozen of the easier-to-recognize edible mushrooms will be covered too, from Morels in the spring, to Black Trumpets in the summer, to Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms in the fall. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with info on edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Russ will also include a few details regarding some native edible plants he has grown successfully from seed, and the partnerships he has made with conservation groups and others to add edible native plants to their landscapes. Last but not least, Russ will accompany his talk with handouts and several foraged goodies made with wild ingredients. There will be ample time for questions and discussions.

On Saturday Peter will begin with a talk and presentation focused on mushrooms. He will cover Fungal biology, ecology, and cultural history of mushrooms, Mushroom and lichen identification and wild harvesting ethics, tactics for measuring forest health with lichens and mushrooms, and habitat regeneration with fungi. Later in the day Russ will lead a guided wild plant and edible walk. We will spend the afternoon exploring the Downeast landscapes in search of edible wild plants and putting the theory that we learn on Friday and Saturday morning into action. While it’s never possible to predict exactly what types of wild edibles that we might encounter,  given the time of year, Russ expects to encounter and share the delicious details about at least two dozen species. These could include edible farm weeds like Lamb’s Quarters and Purslane, edible roadside weeds like Curly Dock and Wild Parsnip, edible coastal plants, like Beach Rose and Beach Pea, and edible native plants preferring damp, sunny habitats, like Cattail, Elderberry and Groundnut. Mushrooms are even more elusive than their wild plant counterparts, however following on from his presentation in the morning Peter will teach us how to identify and harvest and mushrooms and lichens that we encounter and will explain the role that these fungus play in their environment.

On Sunday Peter will focus on the thousand-year old Japanese tradition of Shiitake log cultivation. He will cover best practices for site selection, inoculation, and harvesting in depth. You’ll learn hands-on how to create a productive, and low input mini-mushroom farm to produce pounds of Shiitake mushrooms on demand! He will also guide us through the processes involved in processing mushrooms and lichens for natural medicines and dyes.

Both Peter and Russ are passionate about sustainability and environmental responsibility so in addition to tips on identification of wild species there will also be a focus on safe and environmentally responsible foraging throughout the weekend. This workshop is not suitable for, or intended to be a guide or training course for those looking to harvest wild plants for commercial sale.

Every Participant will receive a signed copy of Russ Cohen’s best selling book Wild Plants I Have Known….And Eaten.

Important info: 
Date: 7th-9th September
Location: Reversing Hall and Smithereen Farm, Pembroke ME 04666 (Camping spaces available)
Cost:
$40 for weekend (downeasters)
$150 for weekend  (from away, includes meals and camping)

 

3 day programme – limited spaces, RSVP required, email office@greenhorns.org.

the world’s first mycology school!

posted December 14, 2017

MYCOLOGOS is the world’s first online and in-person mycology school and demonstration mushroom farm, based in Portland, Oregon. They are currently raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign (ending December 20) where you can save up to 80% off online courses in mycology. The founder of mycologos, Peter McCoy will be teaching a Greenhorns mycology workshop in our new headquarters in Maine next Summer. Email greenhornsoffice@gmail.com to express your interest in this July 2018 class.
Click HERE to check out the kickstarter, there is only 6 days left to donate!

a mushroom with a story

posted April 7, 2017

book review by Samuel Oslund

Salvage capitalism, ecological assemblages, and precarity… These are a few concepts that Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing fleshes out in The Mushroom At the End of the World, a genre bending book that tracks the global economy by way of the Matsutake mushroom.

As a farmer, I have noticed that my own ways of thinking and seeing the world have shifted with each passing season. I have felt something akin to love for an animal that I knew would one day be dinner, have felt tremendous connection to invisible soil critters and life webs as I hoed through pea patches. Social scientists refer to this process as affect, the suggestion that other-than-human-beings (plants, animals, earth elements) can impact and shape our ways of being.  (more…)


mycomania in the hudson valley, oct. 6-10

posted August 24, 2016

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This October, join hundreds of mycophiles, artists, and Earth activists for a unique 5-day, volunteer-run gathering to learn how to work with fungi to support your community and environment.

The Radical Mycology Convergence (RMC) is a weekend long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various mycoremediation installations. Beyond the skills shared, the RMC also works to build a community among like-minded mycophiles (aka mushroom lovers) and community-based Earth healers to collaborate on remediation and restoration projects during and after the RMC.

The RMC organizers feel strongly that these skills need to be shared and we want to make information on the fungi and their unique healing abilities accessible and tangible for as many people as possible. By creating an encouraging and welcoming space we hope to “be-mushroom” all who attend in an effort to bring about greater planetary health.

We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this event to come and learn, help out, or teach! The RMC is family friendly, non-discriminatory, and is donation-based to provide open access to people of all backgrounds.

For more information visit RadicalMycologyConvergence.com.