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Fungus Among Us: Mushroom Foraging Series with Jared Urchek [SOLD OUT]

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you fascinated by the mysterious world of fungi? Join us for a series that will have you thinking like a mycologist in order to confidently identify mushrooms in the wild. You’ll learn key identification skills and concepts, including must-know ID tools needed to accurately classify edible mushrooms from their toxic look-a-likes, as well as how to use a field guide and practice safe and sound foraging techniques. Then, you’ll learn how to grow your own mushrooms, and make your way to the kitchen to cook and tincture our newfound fungi.

By the end of the full series, participants will:

→ Understand how to read and use a variety of guidebooks among other ID tools

→ Identify trees and common places to find wild edible mushrooms seasonally

→ Feel confident in your ability to follow foraging safety precautions

→ Be able to cook and tincture edible mushrooms

March 2nd: Introduction to Fungi (ID Tools & Safety)

Foraging for wild food is a great way to experience the natural world, but it is essential to learn how to do so safely. In this class, you’ll receive an overview of our top five seasonal wild edibles as a segway into learning the anatomy of mushrooms and foraging safety. You’ll also receive hands-on experience navigating a guidebook to identify mushrooms & learn how to properly conduct research for positive identification.


April 6th: Look-A-Likes & Mushroom Toxicity
The ability to identify wild edibles is fun, but the knowledge of what toxic species exist in the area is essential. In this class, we’ll cover ID features of some of the deadliest mushrooms in our area and look-a-likes that can easily be misidentified with an untrained eye. We’ll also cover what to do if you accidentally consume a toxic mushroom and what precautions you can take to avoid fatal injury.


May 4th: Cooking Wild Edibles

Learn to cook gourmet mushrooms using farm-fresh ingredients! This course will explore cooking “crab” cakes from lion’s mane mushrooms with a side of lemon and herb pasta using oyster mushrooms.


September 7th: Tree ID for Mushroom Hunters

If there’s one skill that can improve your foraging yield, it’s tree ID. In this class, we’ll take a field trip to the Frederick Municipal Forest to identify common trees that every mushroom hunter should learn. We’ll also talk about decomposing matter and how that presents an opportunity for mushrooms to flourish.


October 5th: Making Mushroom Tinctures

One of the biggest advantages of mushroom tinctures is that they have a longer shelf-life than storing fresh mushrooms. In this class, you’ll learn the process of double extraction and try your hand at making your very own mushroom tincture to take home.


November 2nd: Growing Mushrooms

You too can grow mushrooms at home. It’s easier than you think! We will walk you through their process of growing mushrooms step-by-step. Plus, you’ll receive spawn to start growing your own mushrooms at home.


+All participants who sign up for this series will receive a free virtual class: Ethics of Foraging led by Lacey Walker & Taylor Roman on Fox Haven. We highly recommend you watch this before the first Fungus Among Us class to learn important safety tools and the importance of reciprocity from a forager’s perspective.

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Meet your teacher, Jared Urchek!

Jared is an acupuncturist, mycologist, and naturalist, has been studying various healing arts for over 15 years. His undergraduate degree in Psychology, Environmental Studies, and Traditional Eastern Arts led him to a Masters in Acupuncture program from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. The Five-Element Acupuncture system of medicine that Jared practices allows for healing on all levels – body, mind, and spirit – and allows for a greater understanding of how we can stay balanced in Nature and through the seasons.




Fox Haven Organic Farm & Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd.
Jefferson, MD 21755 United States

About LandBack Tax
From 2022 onward, Fox Haven will donate $2 from each event ticket to the Kikeokan Foundation to pay LandBack tax, acknowledging our access to stolen Indigenous land. The Kikeokan Foundation is an Indigenous-led initiative working to restore ancestral land and sovereignty to the Piscataway and other Indigenous communities of the Chesapeake.


Weather Policy
If inclement weather is predicted ahead of an event, you will be notified 48 hours before the event date about any cancellation or rescheduling. Otherwise, the event is presumed to take place rain or shine. An alternative venue may be arranged if shelter is required. Please note that refunds are not provided for postponed events or no-shows. However, if Fox Haven cancels, a full refund will be issued.

COVID Protocol

Please do not come to class if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to others who are sick. Email to discuss your absence. Masks are optional during all events. If diagnosed with COVID within 5 days post-class, please notify us so that we can inform participants about possible exposure.



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