Wild MUSHROOM FORAGING
WITH SHAGGY JACK
Saturday October 30th 9:00-12:00
Gibsons Public Market
foraging on the coast
Our primary mission is to educate people about the ecology of mushrooms and how to safely identify & sustainably harvest wild edible species through classroom presentations & educational forest foraging culinary adventure tours.
By attending this workshop you’ll feel comfortable to go foraging with a guidebook and be able to identify safe-to-eat mushrooms that you can forage and cook at home. We will start with a learning component indoors so you can learn the keys to identifying mushrooms that are safe to eat and which are poisonous (this is critical!). Then we will head outside for a short foraging excursion so you can learn in real-time how to forage correctly. This is a rewarding skill that lasts a lifetime.
Part 1: Introduction To Mushroom Identification
Classroom Presentation: Shaggy Jack gives beginners a crash course slideshow presentation in mushroom foraging, teaching the basics of mushroom life cycles & ecology, how to safely identify & pick mushrooms, what resources are needed for mushroom picking, & introduces students to a wide variety of common edible, medicinal & toxic mushroom species found on the Sunshine Coast, with tips on identifying, harvesting, processing & cooking specific species.
Part 2: Forest Foraging Excursion
For the second half of the class, Shaggy Jack takes students on a field trip to one of his favorite mushroom picking spots to identify & forage for mushrooms in their natural forest habitat. This gives students hands-on experience picking mushrooms while Shaggy Jack helps students identify mushrooms and answers their questions.