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Mushrooms in the Backyard & Beyond-Foray into the Hidden Kingdom of Fungi

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21 Acres Center

13701 Northeast 171st Street

Woodinville, WA 98072

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Explore the diversity of fungal life, including growing edible mushrooms and using them in your garden to support your fruit trees .

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Mushrooms are a key player in the web of life. However, our heritage comes rich in fungophobia, irrational fear of fungi, which manifests in a lack of knowledge, interest and appreciation of mushrooms in our culture. Daniel will introduce you to the diversity of fungal lifestyles such as hungry digesters, evil parasites and helpful plant-feeding agents, like mycorrhizal fungi. While most trees rely on the latter to fulfill their nutritional needs, unfortunately our fruit tress rely on a class of mycorrhiza that does not produce edible fruiting bodies. To set up your own mushroom orchard it is best to rely upon saprobic fungi that include such tasty mushrooms as oysters (Pleurotus spp.), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and bear's head (Hericium abietis), which are all renowned for their medicinal propensities. Daniel will introduce you to the Fungal Kingdom with gorgeous mushroom images, including fungal favorites for food and how to grow mushrooms in your yard.

6:15-6:45 Meet & Greet (snacks provided)

6:45-8:00 Main Program

8:00 - 8:30 Questions and Clean Up

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Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012), Amazon Mushrooms (2014, co-authored) and brand a new "Field guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America with Robert Rogers". He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since over 20 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator, guide and as PSMS vice-president. In his presentations he is combining his stunning photography with an often funny blend of entertaining stories and scientific information; he likes to refer to as "edutainment". Having been in love with mushrooms since early childhood Daniel managed to bend his career as an ecologist and geographer focused on High Asia towards researching mushrooms and rural income in Tibet. His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, NYT, WSJ, NPR, BBC etc. In the last decade Daniel started exploring neotropical fungi. With his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, Bhutan, the Amazon, Colombia, the Alps and mushroom events in the Pacific Northwest since 2007. https://www.mushroaming.com

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