Fall Mushroom Foraging, with Andi Reisdorf (née Bruce)

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Fall Mushroom Foraging, with Andi Reisdorf (née Bruce)

October 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$70 – $120

In this beginner-friendly mushroom foraging class, we’ll learn fungal biology basics, mushroom identification techniques, and practical foraging tips during an indoor presentation. We’ll also enjoy hands-on exploration in the woods and search for choice fall edibles like hen of the woods, lion’s mane, lobster mushrooms, chicken of the woods, chanterelles, puffball mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, and more! Come prepared for off-trail hiking and uneven terrain. As with any foraging class, the abundance and variety of mushrooms we find in the woods is entirely up to mother nature! Being prepared for uncertainty (and for surprises!) is all part and parcel of wild foraging.

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to “transplant” the wild mushrooms you find to cultivate at home? The answer is yes! Join us the very next day for Forest to Farm: Cultivating Wild Mushrooms, and learn how to turn your wild finds into mushroom spawn to take home. More info: https://bookwhen.com/driftlessfolkschool/e/ev-sluy-20241006090000

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Lunch will be provided.
Ages: 18+
Location: People’s Food Co-op, 315 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI 54601

Instructions: Come prepared for time in the woods by dressing for the weather. Closed-toe shoes, long sleeves, and long pants tucked into socks are recommended to protect against ticks and thorns when venturing off trail. Please also bring something to collect mushrooms in. Containers that allow airflow are best, e.g. baskets, canvas bags, mesh bags, paper bags, etc. (avoid plastic bags if possible). You may also wish to bring a water bottle, snacks, or something to take notes with.

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Supporter Level Ticket: $120
If you move through the world with financial ease and the means to fulfill many of your wants as well as your needs – you are able to eat out when you want, abundantly meet your needs through employment or can comfortably not work, have access to family wealth, own property, etc. – consider paying at this level, which will help us ensure the long term sustainability of our programs while keeping our offerings accessible to those with access to fewer resources.

Sustainer Level Ticket: $95
If you are able to meet your needs with relative ease while budgeting your educational and entertainment spending – for instance, you are able to take classes and eat out occasionally as long as you are mindful – consider paying at this level, which will help sustain the work of the Folk School at a modest level.

Supported Level Ticket: $70
If you struggle to fund your basic needs and have limited access to resources in your family and community, or if you would not be able to access this offering without a discounted payment option, consider paying at this level. We value your presence and contributions to our community and do not want any economic circumstances to be a barrier to attendance!


October 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$70 – $120
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