Fungi are diverse, delicious and sometimes deadly. With interest in foraging for wild food on the rise, learning to accurately identify fungi reduces both poisoning risk to humans and harm to the environment.
Developing the skills to find fungi requires slowness, not speed. The workshop will focus on assisting participants to identify a few edible species thoroughly, rather than many superficially. We will engage multiple senses to examine the major diagnostic features of edible fungi alongside their toxic lookalikes.
We will also follow the principles of ‘ecological foraging’ – an approach based on care, conservation and an understanding of ecosystem dynamics.
Following an interactive indoor identification session around a specimen table we will then head to a private property to search for edible fungi.
Participants are encouraged to bring along their own mushrooms for identification.
Copies of Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers will be available at the workshop
This workshop is sponsored by Southern Otways Landcare.
Further workshops can be viewed at this link.
DATE: SATURDAY 30 APRIL 2022
TIME: 10:00 – 4:00
VENUE: Senior Citz Centre, 4 Wheelan Street, Apollo Bay