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Fungi: Ecology, Identification and Foraging
The Paris Apothecary
Paris, VA
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Please join the Paris Apothecary in welcoming Maryland mycologist, Michael Weese, for an afternoon all about the wild world of fungi! Michael will cover an intro to fungi & then we will head over to the farm at Indian Pipe Outdoor Technical School - owned by Susan Leopold, owner of the Paris Apothecary - where Michael will lead a fungi foraging walk. More details on the event & the teacher below.

Cost: $30 per person

We will carpool from the apothecary to Indian Pipe (~15 minutes from the apothecary). Please dress accordingly, wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty, and bring some water. Refreshments will be available at the Paris Apothecary before and after the event!

Any questions can be directed to Christine Harris, Paris Apothecary Manager, info[at]parisapothecaryva[dot]com

Event Description -----

Starting in the center, just as it's perched in ecology, well begin with the mycelium. A vast array of hyphal threads networking through its surroundings, utterly unbiased to anything other than its genetic program, determined from spore. One of intricately exact and precise grace in design, Not over crowding itself or other necessary symbiotes and soil organisms. Fractal like in expression when the given bio-environment is fed through its genetic equation several generations over. As if every single chemical event unfolding around and inside it were being stored as data somehow, a negotiation in the unknown, potentially triggering dormid genes to be activated or active genes to be shut off, in turn changing the DNA of the next generation to be more adapt to the conditions of its parentals as well as itself more adapt to the current nutrients, bacterial, and other fungal presence abound. I like to think that once we see fungi in this way there is a universal understanding about the action of DNA throughout all of nature. That most complex of vibratory frequencies always adding new harmonics unheard until the necessary resonance brings forth its expression, adding balance to the symphony of nature.

Michael wants to help you see the forest and ecologies abound in the way too, come out and join us for a wild mushroom ID walk. Learn how to collect specimens, gather the relative info for ID, how to begin to tackle the ID process, and some of the modern and common applications of the fungi we will be finding on the walk. Heads up folks, it will be peak Chanterelle season and the forest floor is going to be at its prime with yellow fungal fireworks! There will be a vending table as well with mushroom goods and other neat wares available. Look forward to seeing you all there.

About the teacher ----

Michael Weese is a mycologist, nemophilist and all around general fungal enthusiast in the Mid-Atlantic region. His work involves being a local teacher, guide, consultant, mushroom cultivator, photographer, permaculturist, ecologist, environmental steward, conservationist and friend to nearly all he meets. Michael has influenced many people across the globe to forage for and to cultivate their own mushrooms through sharing his knowledge and experience firsthand online, in the classroom, and in the field. This work is based on a belief that learning about these mycological systems leads us into nearly every other branch of science conceivable, in turn teaching us more about ourselves and how we tie into it all. That every person educated lessens strain caused from the environmental stresses created by consumers needs. The best way to learn a skill or subtle art is from hands on interaction with a peer or mentor, passed down as it has been for eons.

Hired by many parks, food farmers associations, centers, festival events, and farms to teach workshops, classes, and ID walks, covering anything from ecology to biological classification, ID process to edibility, and ethnomycology/botany to the amazing culinary applications he has unlocked. Michaels published photography work can be found in Journal of Wild Mushrooming and on presentations given by other professionals at National/Continental meetings and classes, as well as the 9 online forums he has created and manages, with the intention of spreading fungal/mushroom awareness, promoting and fixing a fair price market, and decreasing apathy through the constant demonstration of local beauty and diversity. Owner and operator of Mushroomlife, Michael is a healer and visionary in every sense of the word, and wants to help realize your mycological potential as well as your highest wellness.You can reach Michael by phone 410-590-1167 or by email
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Jul 02, 2017 10:00 AM

Admission Level Price Quantity
General $30.00 ($32.04 w/service fee)
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The Paris Apothecary (View)
692 Federal Street
Paris, VA 20130
United States


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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