Fungi Identification (beginner and intermediate) GIFT VOUCHER on request

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Safely discover fungi. Suitable for beginner or intermediate level fungi participants. Includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods.

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Beginning at 9.30 am and concluding around 1.30 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). Drawing on my 30-year experience of identifying and gathering fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. You will taste a number of different mushroom products during the day, for example, canied fungi, pickled fungi, lacto-fermented fungi, liquid mushroom seasoning, mushroom cookies etc.

In terms of non-food related fungi uses, whether you have children or not, such an added exploration is a really positive way to introduce fungi to them, bypassing the mycophobic culture of fear that abides in British culture.

We will also work with some excellent fungi identification keys, as well as be introduced to a range of guide books.

Much of fungi identification using the naked eye rather than microscopes (that is, identification in the field metaphorically and literally) is about a balance of probabilities that point to a particular species. The keys that we will use are excellent ones that, if used, will greatly aid your on-going confidence in beginning to accurately and systematically correctly identify a particular fungus down to genus level whilst out on your own.

Provided for use on the day: Gloves, baskets, mushroom keys, hand lens.

Suitable for those with both beginner or intermediate level fungi knowledge. Also includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods.

Note: Covid 19 course adaptions. Places are limited to allow for ease of maintaining personal distance. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves available. for use when and if appropriate.

IMPORTANT: Please note, the exact meeting point may not be as describe here. It may be here or within a couple of miles. This will be confirmed 1 week before the start of the course.

Tickets can be for yourself, a family member, friend, or colleage. To help facilitate good communication, after booking please can you email me a mobile number for yourself or the person booked for (and and email address for them) to ferguspd22@hotmail.com

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RH18 5JX

Forest Row

RH18 5JX

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Organiser Fergus Drennan aka Fergus The Forager

Organiser of Fungi Identification (beginner and intermediate) GIFT VOUCHER on request

Fergus Drennan is a wild food experimentalist and educator who, for the past 15 years, has run informative and fun regular full-day total immersion foraging courses for the general public and privately. He has written regularly on wild food and foraging for BBC Countryfile Magazine, The Ecologist, Country Kitchen, Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine, as well as contributing and/or featuring in many other magazines including most national newspapers. In addition he made a TV programme, The Roadkill Chef, for Jamie Oliver’s production company, exploring some more extreme food alternatives. He regularly appears on radio and television talking about wild food. He loves all aspects of wild food and yet is particularly fascinated with seaweeds. As a result he made an hour-long programme for Tokyo TV in Japan in 2016 exploring the art of nori cultivation and nori sheet making.
Lucia Stuart 

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