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Wild Foods – List of U.S. foraging teachers and other resources.

Eat the Weeds – Another list of teachers and more.

Falling Fruit – an interactive map potentially pinpointing every urban fruit tree and accessible patch off weeds in the country.

Botany Everyday

Wild Food Map – a similar map for Australia and SouthEast Asia.

Berkley Open Source Food– Debunking the urban “food desert” — with weeds!

Carver Edible Park – The first food forest in the country, right by downtown Asheville.

Jim Duke’s Garden, MD – visit the grandaddy of herbal medicine

Wild Abundance – “Classes, consultations, crafts, and installations to help you tap into nature’s bounty.”

Firefly Gathering – Wild foods and ancient skills in a beautiful setting.

Earthskills Gathering – hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, bushcraft, primitive skills, earth skills.… Grant Adkisson is compiling a list of schools, instructors, and gatherings for it all.

Earth School – everything from wilderness survival and emergency preparedness training, to a host of self-reliance and homesteading skills.

Plants and Healers – Former globe-trotter and paradigm-shifter Frank Cook’s website. Inspiring wild food & medicine teacher who literally walked his talk.

Plants for a Future – 7000 rare and unusual plants with edible, medicinal or other uses.

Asheville Plant People – A plant based Facebook discussion group

Return to Nature – New Jersey-based, name says it all

Transitional Gastronomy – “find dining,” beautifully depicted

Foraging & Feasting – beautiful guide with well done cookbook

Foraging for Food – Leather Storrs thoughts on the wild foods movement

Ethnoherbalist– reviews of the cultural history and science behind some of the most popular plant based medicines


Asheville Mushroom Club listserve – submit your local ID requests here so that many experts can weigh in, others can learn from it, and we can all have a sense of what’s fruiting. Include several good photos, top and bottom, and the location.

Mushroom Observer – international ID

Asheville Mushroom Club – Our fungal “peeps”

The North American Mycological Society – The association for amateur mycologists in N.A. Has a listing of local clubs and a gallery of beautiful photos.

Deep Woods Mushrooms – grow your own! Local shiitake grower Greg Carter will show you how.

Mushroom Central – Asheville’s mycological supply, sterile lab and grow facility.

Mushroom Mountain – South Carolina-based, lots of resources on cultivation and more.

Cryptogams in Depth– Cool 3-D pictures of fungi and more. No funny glasses required!

Rogers Mushrooms – Basically an online combination of Roger Phillips’ field guides plus a handy search form (called “Easy Key”). This form is not as comprehensive as Matchmaker (see below) but the site covers all of North America and the U.K. Several images for each mushroom, even recipes. Now with an app!

Tom Volk’s Fungi – Chock-full of fungus

Matchmaker – fantastic database of over 2500 mushrooms of the North American Pacific Northwest. Useful for any location for identification to genus. Still no substitute for a human being, but available on CD basically for free!

MycoKey – Technical terminology but looks quite useful, as far as databases go. The full database covers over 3000 Northern European species.

Mykoweb – Great links page and big database of California mushrooms

The Vancouver Mycological Society – Another great links page

Key to Gilled Mushrooms – Great identification learning tool that shows how each step narrows down the possibilities.

Mushroom – Lots of great, very detailed information on mushroom ID and taxonomic conondrums by Michael Kuo. Even has an ID guide to trees.

Mushroom, The Journal – The magazine for amateur mycologists focusing on North America. Has great set of FAQ pages, great old-timey drawings, and a huge myco-scientific name dictionary.

Bruce Kendrik’s website – Has twenty chapters of his textbook The Fifth Kingdom free online.

The Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA) – A lengthy list of books and other resources, tips on how to preserve mushrooms, a list of edibles for Northern California, and more from one of the biggest mushroom clubs in the country.

The Fascinating World of Fungi – Introduction to mushrooms

Fungi Images on the Net – Searchable index of over 3,500 pictures – Beautiful mushroom photos and artistic collages by Taylor Lockwood, great slide show DVD and great introduction to mushroom identification DVD.

Fungi Perfecti – Paul Stametz’s mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation website

The Truffle Book – Charming and well-informed overview of one of the world’s most expensive foods. Just enough detail to be comprehensive yet interesting.

Asheville Mushroom Enthusiasts – A mushroom focused Facebook group

Erowid – For all things psychadelic

Fantastic Fungi – More fun(gi) stuff on Facebook

Just For Fun

Baby Got Bugs – Warning: this stuck in my head for months.

Fungi on BBC’s “Planet Earth” – The coolest mushroom video ever! The link won’t stay live, so search on those terms or “cordyceps.”

The fastest living thing on the planet is… Pilobilus (like the dance troop). The “dung cannon” also has incredibly good aim, which is indispensible when you’re sitting in a deep doo doo.

Ground cedar flash powder and my few seconds of fame

Permaculture, Hunting, and More

Ashevillage Institute – Permaculture and related training programs.

Living Systems Design – Incorporate mushrooms and other wild edibles into your landscaping.

Backyard Bow Pro – Hunting for the hungry.

Downtown Welcome Table– free elegant meal for 400 people every Wednesday in downtown Asheville. This is what “Foodtopia” is all about!

12 Baskets Cafe– who says there’s no free lunch? There’s nothing more sustainable than sharing.