Curious about what it takes to be a pro mushroom forager? And then what does one do with all of that fungal abundance? Our guest and good friend, Micheal Weese from MushroomLife is here to answer those questions. Micheal reveals some of his best kept secrets for foraging for mushrooms in the wild. We discuss wardrobe, equipment, mushroom identification, seasonal preparedness and more. With his partner Mandie Quark, also part of MushroomLife, they have documented some of North America's most unique and picture perfect fungi. With Michael's expertise in mycology and Mandie's expertise in chemistry, they create special products made from their bountiful mushroom hauls, a unique type of extract known as a spagyric. We dive into the theory and practice behind spagyrics and share personal experiences.
Michael Weese, entrepreneur and founder of MushroomLife, is a self-taught mycologist and fungal enthusiast in the Mid-Atlantic. A mushroom spagyric alchemist, cordyceps geneticist, and commercial mushroom forager. His life’s work involves being a teacher, guide, wild food purveyor, product developer, consultant, mushroom cultivator, photographer, permaculturist, ecologist, environmental steward, conservationist and friend to nearly all he meets.