Saturday, July 14, 2012; 9 a.m.
Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (off Surry Road), Ellsworth, Maine
Contact: Woodlawn; 667-8671
ELLSWORTH: Woodlawn is pleased to offer a Wild Mushrooms Identification workshop with noted author and amateur mycologist Greg Marley on Saturday, July 14, from 9 am to 3 pm. In this all-day workshop, participants will learn to identify common Maine mushrooms, where to find them, and how to use wild mushrooms.
According to Marley, Maine is blessed with several elements that ensure that we have a rich variety of mushrooms in our woods and fields. We have a wealth of forest land with a variety of tree species, fields and meadows as well as bogs. In addition we are generally blessed with abundant rainfall. Put these together and when summer rolls around, our environment is teeming with hundreds of species of mushrooms and other fungus of an astounding variety of colors, growth forms and sizes.
On Saturday July 14, from 9 am to 3 pm, Marley will present a daylong mushrooms identification workshop. In the morning, he will give an overview of mushrooms including: identification characteristics, the range of types, an understanding of mushroom ecology, and edibility, toxicology and medicinal uses of mushrooms. He will also address the best places to find mushrooms. The powerpoint presentation is supported with handouts and a list of resources to guide future learning.
After lunch, Greg will lead a foraging walk to see and collect mushrooms in the field. Field identification discussion will support the material addressed in the morning session and focus on those species available at the time the workshop is meeting. Mushrooms collected will be brought inside for further discussion. If possible, the day will end with a simple saute of the edible mushrooms found so everyone is able to taste the wild mushrooms if interested.
Participants are invited to bring mushrooms collected on their property for identification and to add to the day’s diversity of species. The workshop will include a walk in the woods, so participants are urged to dress appropriately. Baskets, curiosity, and mushroom field guides are also recommended as equipment for the day. The class will be held rain or shine. Throughout the day, Marley will respond to the interests of the participants and the range of topics covered will reflect the needs of the group within a set curriculum devoted to building skills for mushroom identification.
Greg Marley has been pursuing his passion for mushrooms for more than 30 years. He has led countless walks and lectures on mushrooms as well as daylong classes and yearly courses on mushroom identification which meet throughout the growing season. His interests and expertise include foraging, cultivation of mushrooms, collecting and cooking wild species, the ecology of mushrooms in our forests, and the use of medicinal mushrooms. He has been a mushroom consultant to The Poison Control Centers of Northern New England for a number of years. He is currently proprietor of Mushrooms for Health, a company offering healing mushroom supplements and education. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fundi (2009) and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares, The Love, Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms (2010) named as one of the finalist for the 2011 Cookbook Awards by The International Association of Culinary Professionals. Marley lives and mushrooms in Rockland, Maine.
The cost for the workshop scheduled on Saturday, July 14 is $60 for Woodlawn members and $70 for non-members.
As space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.
Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast ME. The main house is open for tours through October 31st. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (Surry Road), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.