Plant and Fungi Stewardship Mentorship

One will poison you, the other goes great in stir fry or can be made into a pizza. Sign up for a mentorship to learn the difference!

One will poison you, the other goes great in stir fry or can be made into a pizza. Sign up for a mentorship to learn the difference!

Dive into Botany, Mycology, and Foraging this year!

It is quite freeing to take a lap around the yard or edge of the woods and gather more greens than you could possibly consume in one sitting.

It is quite freeing to take a lap around the yard or edge of the woods and gather more greens than you could possibly consume in one sitting.

I am often asked how people can learn more about botany, mycology, and foraging after my classes. My best answers always feel insufficient. I direct people to field guides or tell them to try to find a local foraging teacher. Unfortunately, it is difficult to be an autodidact for most, and there are not as many foraging teachers around as one would hope.

If you thought "Ramps!" then this mentorship is for you because these would make a terrible tasting last meal. This is False Hellebore, or  Veratrum viride,  and contains steroidal alkaloids which can cause cardiac failure and death when ingested in sufficient quantities. Ramps are being wildly overharvested, yet we have an abundance of garlic flavored plants out there that can substitute for ramps. This mentorship will teach you all about poisonous plants to avoid (or to reserve for medicine) and how to forage and steward plants sustainably and regeneratively.

If you thought "Ramps!" then this mentorship is for you because these would make a terrible tasting last meal. This is False Hellebore, or Veratrum viride, and contains steroidal alkaloids which can cause cardiac failure and death when ingested in sufficient quantities. Ramps are being wildly overharvested, yet we have an abundance of garlic flavored plants out there that can substitute for ramps. This mentorship will teach you all about poisonous plants to avoid (or to reserve for medicine) and how to forage and steward plants sustainably and regeneratively.

This is why I am excited to announce that I will be offering foraging mentorships this year for the full season (last week of March-first week of November) or by the season. This mentorship will help you fast track your learning about plants and mushrooms. This will be a distance learning, one-on-one mentorship with opportunities for in-person learning. I will provide direct support and curriculum to help you get a solid foundation in botanical and mushroom identification, and give you the tools and guidance needed to dig deep into stewarding, foraging, and interacting with the fungal and botanical world. This mentorship is for those who are just beginning their foraging journey or those who want to deepen their relationship with and understanding of the world through botany, mycology, and foraging.

Pure joy in golden oyster mushrooms. We dried these last spring and are still eating them in our soups.

Pure joy in golden oyster mushrooms. We dried these last spring and are still eating them in our soups.

Foraging, field botany, and field mycology can be daunting fields to approach solo. Having a teacher to guide you through these fields can make the process much faster, effective, and less stressful. I have been fortunate enough to have incredible teachers guide my learning journey, and my learning has always accelerated greatly whenever I have studied with a teacher. I feel it is my duty to pass along some of this learning and help to create a world where there is a forager in every community who can help others open their eyes to the incredible beings that are plants and fungi.

Stinging Nettles are an amazing food, medicine, fiber, natural dye, and often viewed as a nuisance for their sting. Yet they are a perennial plant that can be grown and harvested with almost no input or care.

Stinging Nettles are an amazing food, medicine, fiber, natural dye, and often viewed as a nuisance for their sting. Yet they are a perennial plant that can be grown and harvested with almost no input or care.

Those of you who know me know this mentorship will be about much more than just foraging. In a time when we need novel responses to large scale issues such as food access and food production, I feel that botany, mycology, and foraging can open up solutions we couldn’t begin to fathom without knowledge of these fields. We are in a situation where I believe the answers to our problems are all around us, but require a shift in perspective. Plants and fungi are where they are for a reason, and it is up to us to work with them to create the world we wish to live in. If you are ready to engage with the world in a deeper way and embrace what the plants and fungi all around you have to offer, please respond to this email or be in touch here for more information.

Botany, mycology, and foraging can profoundly change how you interact with the world and can help you find deep joy in things as simple as the scent of a black cohosh flower at sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each study is a journey for a lifetime, and I hope we can take that journey together!

Botany, mycology, and foraging can profoundly change how you interact with the world and can help you find deep joy in things as simple as the scent of a black cohosh flower at sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each study is a journey for a lifetime, and I hope we can take that journey together!

See you in the woods,

Hayden