Newburyport Adult & Community Education

From Fungi To Foraging

Class Description

Jana Harris

This is an introductory class for beginners about The Fifth Kingdom – The Fungi Kingdom. You will be introduced to the Fungi Kingdom, also known as the miracle worker of nature. The first week will cover the history of fungi on Earth; basic vocabulary terms and the fungal kingdom placement in the ecosystem; the relationship of fungi and trees, plants; life cycle of mushroom; anatomy of mushroom; classification of fungi and how they are named; mushroom hunting safety and ethics; tips on cooking and storing mushrooms (wild ones and store bought). The second week will cover 5 plus 5 local mushroom groups to know (edible and non edible ones); deadly and toxic poisonous mushrooms in our area and the difference between them, including mushrooms in the veggie garden; how to grow mushrooms from kits; and resources for beginners. Fungi can be food, a decomposer of debris and also a healing agent. A native of Czechoslovakia, Jana Harris of Essex Forays is certified in Wild Mushroom Food Safety and is a member of the Boston Mycological Club. She is also host and co-producer of Fungi Finders. VIA ZOOM.

Two, 1.5 hour sessions: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Begins March 7, 2024.
Cost: $50. Class Limit: 20.


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From Fungi To Foraging

Newburyport Adult & Community Education (NACE) is a completely self-sustaining program that is funded primarily from class fees, grants, and private donations. While we operate under the auspices of the Newburyport Public Schools, NACE receives no public funding from the City of Newburyport or school system. Show your support for lifelong learning by making a tax-deductible donation to NACE and ensure that we can continue to offer valuable programming to the greater Newburyport community.

Contact Patty St. John at 978-992-8060 or for more information.

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