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August meeting- Olga Tzogas, Mushrooms + Culture of Greece

August 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Olga Tzogas and her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was started, which provides, cultivation supplies to grow mushrooms, indoors or outdoors, for food or for medicine.  We also host workshops, organize events and bring community together for social + environmental justice. Olga continuously is eager to learn more and embrace the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms, fungi and the natural world. Olga teaches workshops throughout the continent about wild mushroom identification, medicinal mushrooms, biology, and mushroom cultivation. She was a core organizer for the 2016 Radical Mycology Convergence and the MycoSymbiotics Festival from 2015-17. Olga with the collaboration of the collective, The Mycelium Underground, helped develop the New Moon Mycology Summit in 2018.  Annually, Olga guides small groups immersing in the land based and traditional knowledge of Northern Greece.  These visits allows one to see how precious Greece is ecologically and culturally. We focus deeply on the fungi and plants present and ways locals use and have had used them in times of antiquity

Experience the diverse and lush natural world of Greece.  Ancient forests, traditional land based living still exist, providing a rich culture weaved within nature itself.  Connections to fungi are ever present and it’s only gaining more attention.  Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms, based in Rochester, NY returns to this ancestral home to learn and connect deeper to the mycelial communities, the people still practicing traditional ways of life or those creating a new.  Greece is typically pictured by bluebird skies and matching crystal seascapes, but Greece is home to lush dense forests of several Oak species, Chestnut, Beech, Fir, Sycamores and Black Pine to name a few.  The life they harbor is exquisite.  Take a look into the relationships the locals have with certain species of mushrooms, plants, & their recipes for use. Together we will experience the different bio-regions visited and the life that grows there during the fall months.  See the similarities of fungal life that are shared on both continents.

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Date:
August 5, 2020
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm