Medicinal Mushrooms of the Pacific NorthwestElder Apothecary
May 28th fro 3-5pm with Logan Keister
This class offers an opportunity to learn about the large diversity of medicinal fungi growing in our Pacific Northwest bioregion, including Turkey Tail, Reishi, Lion's Mane, Oysters, Matsutake, Amanita, Artist Conk and Red Belted Conk, as well as a few popular species outside of our bioregion like Cordyceps and Chaga.
We start by learning about life cycles of fungi, their biology, and the roles they play in our ecological systems. Once we’ve gained some understanding of their role, we will discuss the ethical considerations around wildcrafting and cultivating mushrooms.
This class will also cover preparation methods for working with medicinal fungi from cooking, to decoctions, double extractions and more. We will explore these mushrooms’ therapeutic qualities through the lenses of modern science and traditional herbalism, showing how both systems complement one another, giving us a deeper understanding of how these medicines operate within our body.