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Introduction to Mushroom Foraging

  • Eli Whitney Community Center 3917 East Greensboro Chapel Hill Road Graham, NC, 27349 United States (map)

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Learn the foundation skills you need to confidently search, identify, and prepare wild edible mushrooms. We will cover 13 of the most prolific edible mushrooms found in the Carolinas, several of which are in season Right Now! Living examples of several varieties will be on hand, and participants will have the opportunity to taste Chaga Reishi Tea and try lions mane and reishi tincture. We'll end class with a quick cooking demo featuring oyster mushrooms, lions mane, and wood ear (I'll add others if foraging weather makes them available the week of class). Class is primarily classroom style with powerpoint slides. We'll have a chance to get moving and test our skills with an end of class ID quiz.

Optional post-class farm tour. After class participants are invited to stop by Haw River Mushrooms Farm (a three minute drive from the venue) for a farm tour. The tour will be from 8:15pm -8:40 pm.

Note: You'll receive a handout with basic information about the varieties covered, but in class I will recommend that every forager own at least one ID book. Two I recommend are A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas by Alan and Arlene Bessette and The Complete Mushroom Hunter by Gary Lincoff (focused on edible mushrooms.


What's the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable. If extenuating circumstances require you to miss the event, you can contact us at to see if we can extend your credit to a future event offering.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your information and do a quick "roll call" at the start of class.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your ticket to another participant. Its helpful if you can email us ahead of time to give us a heads up.