Our Mission: Inspiring Connection with Fungi

Improving the community and the environment through educational workshops and mushroom health extracts.

Catskill Fungi has a foundation of permaculture principles. The core of our business is about helping people and improving the planet through our work with fungi. We practice and educate about sustainable harvesting, leave-no-trace principles, and compassion for the environment. We aim to empower people to grow edible mushrooms as a fun source of fresh food, to heal themselves through utilizing health properties of fungi, and to explore the historical uses and present day innovations of this essential kingdom/queendom.

Feel free to browse our extracts or sign up for an event.

See you in the woods,

John Michelotti,
Founder and Fun Guy at Catskill Fungi

Catskill Fungi mushroom walk showing people foraging and holding mushrooms with smiley face carved into one mushroom

Catskill Fungi is founded and cultivated by mycologist John Michelotti and friends. As former President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA), John co-founded the Catskill Regional Mycoflora Project as well as the Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship. He serves as Medicinal Mushroom Committee Chair and is a Poison Control Consultant for the North American Mycological Association. He is an instructor for the Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification courses in NY. He was chosen by the Catskill Center as a "Steward of the Catskills" for his contribution to the environment. He served on the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown to develop ecological standards in mushroom production. John has presented at the New York Botanical Gardens, Telluride Mushroom Festival, and North American Mycological Association Annual Foray, as well as several colleges and universities. His goal is to educate and inspire people to work with fungi to improve their health, communities, and the environment.

To schedule a private walk or presentation email: Info(at)CatskillFungi.com

Meet the Team

Yael Bernhard - Extract production, wholesale and online order fulfillment, customer correspondence, mushroom art, and private mushroom walk leader. - dyaelbernhard.com

Erwin Karl (he/him) - Mycologist & Educator 

Willam van Roden (he/him) - Branding & Design - WilliamVanRoden.com 

Milo Axelrod (they/them) - Website Design - MiloAxelrod.com


John Michelotti aka Pop (he/him) - GC/Consultant - Flag of Honor 


Farmers Market Vendors:

AC Michelotti aka Mom (she/her) of Lingering Spirits


Affiliates & Friends