Identify and Forage Mushrooms

Join us for our Nature Studies Workshop Series featuring workshops that are tied to the Folk School garden and grounds. Explore the fields and woods of the Folk School campus, forage for wild mushrooms, identify southern Appalachian birds, and more. All workshops will be limited to six students, ages 18 and up.

September 4, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Appalachian Plants at Home

Karen Hurtubise

Explore the fields and woods of the Folk School campus to appreciate a diversity of interesting native and useful plants. Learn some basics of growing and maintaining these beauties in your own home landscape. We’ll cover ginseng and goldenseal, milkweeds and mulberries, persimmons and pawpaws, among many others. As fall approaches, the time is right for roots, fruits, seed saving, and planting.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ginseng Plant

September 6, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Fall Mushroom Foraging

Michael Weese

Get ready for a wild mushroom foray! Explore aspects of identification and how tree associations, soil composition, weather patterns, and other factors can influence mushroom growth. Discover why each mushroom, with its own distinct growth habits and storied history, is unique and valuable to the natural world. Common fall fungi in the region may include honey mushrooms, chicken-of-the-woods, maitake, and puffballs.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Chicken-of-the-Wood Mushroom.
Photo by Michael Weese.

October 1, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

A Morning with the Trees

Carol Parks

Need a little forest therapy as this year winds down? Join us for a walk among some of the Folk School’s magnificent trees, just as they’re putting on their autumn colors. Learn the basics of tree identification and how to recognize the different types we visit. We’ll talk about the history and folklore of these trees and discover what makes each one unique and memorable.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Folk School American Elm

October 1, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation

Leif Olson

Learn how to grow mushrooms from logs and mulch beds. Cover the basics of fungal ecology and apply that knowledge to successfully growing edible mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, stropharia, turkey tail, and more. Required materials, tools, timing, and techniques will be discussed, with hands-on demonstrations for making mushroom logs and beds. New skills can be implemented on any property type and can be incorporated into gardening, farming, and landscaping practices.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mushroom Growing on a Log

12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Fall Birding

Liz Domingue

Enjoy a morning walk to find, identify, and appreciate our southern Appalachian birds. Explore the habits and life cycles of migrants and nearby resident bird species. Find joy in the colors and lively movements of a wide variety of fall birds found on the Folk School campus. Bring binoculars and come prepared to explore the outdoors.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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About Karen Hurtubise

Karen Hurtubise and her husband have a small farm and grow diverse crops including native plants, berries, tomatoes, mushrooms, turmeric, and ginger. They began a large organic vegetable, flower, and herb garden over 38 years ago in Hayesville, NC, and won a Southeast Regional Rodale “Organic Gardening” Garden-of-the-Year contest. She is a passionate advocate of healthy food, forest stewardship, pollinators, and a member of North American Fruit Explorers, Seed Savers Exchange, and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She has taught at the Folk School since 1994 and is the school’s Resident Artist in Gardening and Nature Studies.

Visit Karen’s website.

About Michael Weese

Michael Weese, entrepreneur and founder of MushroomLife, is a self-taught mycologist and fungal enthusiast in the Mid-Atlantic. His life’s work involves being a teacher, guide, wild food purveyor, product developer, consultant, mushroom cultivator, photographer, and permaculturist. It is because of Michael’s artistic eye that his photography has been published in “The Journal of Wild Mushrooming” and used by his mentors and peers.

About Carol Parks

Carol Parks is a North Carolina Certified Plant Professional and a member of the Buncombe County Master Gardener Volunteers. She has studied at the Forestry School of Haywood Community College and at UNC Asheville. Also a watercolorist, Carol is an experienced Folk School assistant and instructor who loves helping adults learn about art and nature.

About Leif Olson

Leif Olson is an environmental scientist, educator and land management consultant who focuses on natural processes to address environmental issues. His projects currently explore using fungi and other natural organisms for erosion control, water management and soil enhancement. Leif previously worked in commercial mushroom production providing for local restaurants and markets. He is a published scientific author, with degrees from Duke University and UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Chemistry and Ecology. Leif is from western North Carolina and teaches classes all over the country on mushroom cultivation, incorporating fungi into gardening practices, and the scientific mysteries and potential of fungi.

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About Liz Domingue

Liz Domingue is a professional naturalist, educator, nature photographer, writer, and guide with extensive experience hiking, backpacking, photographing, and studying the natural world. Natural history has been her lifelong pursuit and passion. As the originator and operator of Just Get Outdoors, she leads guided interpretive hikes called Naturalist Adventure Tours, photography workshops, and also conducts environmental education programs for youth, adults, and fellow educators. Liz encourages awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.

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Registration Information

 
Join us for our first workshop series featuring workshops that are tied to the Folk School garden and grounds. All workshops will be limited to six students, ages 18 and up.

Register by calling 828-837-2775, MF, 8 a.m.5 p.m.

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Virtual Demonstrations

 
If you can't be here in person for our summer and fall workshops, we invite you to join us online! These hour-long virtual demonstrations will give you a chance to learn from a live presentation by our talented instructors, followed by a 10–20 minute Q&A. Please Note: these are not follow-along lessons, although we do encourage you to make while you watch! These programs will cost $10 to attend via Zoom.

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The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.