All slots are filled until further notice.
Please email Info(at)CatskillFungi.com to have your name added to the waitlist.
Include in your email:
-Your name and event
-Number of adults and kids
-Address of desired walk location if you have one. Must be within 1 hour from West Hurley NY or Big Indian NY.
-3 to 5 proposed dates. Our weekends are almost booked through October. Please propose a few week days. Evenings are also available while there is sunlight.
Please be patient with our response. In the meantime, we recommend signing up for our public events.
What happens at a Private Walk?
Our private walks offer you a chance to delve into your particular interests in fungi. John brings bags, baskets, books, and magnifiers that we use to find, photograph, sustainably harvest, and identify the mushrooms on your land or designated location. Are you interested to learn which mushrooms are edible or medicinal, and how to prepare them? Would you like to know about the underground network that binds your forest together? Would you like to cultivate mushrooms indoors or outdoors? We will cover these subjects and more. We can talk about the ecological value, historic uses, scientific importance, and future potential of the fungi we find. We can delve deep into a particular subject of your choice or create an engaging and educational experience for you and your friends.
After a private walk, participants are invited to send John photographs of mushrooms for help with identification.
All events can be custom designed to meet the needs of your group.
Mushroom Cultivation Consultation
We offer private consultations for individuals interested in cultivating mushrooms either indoors or outdoors. We can asses your land or space and discuss a plan to cultivate mushrooms based on your time, resources, and goals. This can be applicable for hobbyists, homesteaders, or commercial production. To start growing right away, for an additional cost we can set you up with pre-inoculated logs that are ready to grow mushrooms.
Who should schedule a mushroom event?
Anyone who is interested in fungi! People who have booked private walks include farmers, home-school groups, neighbors with families, outdoor guides, party-throwing hipsters, famous actors, land owners, garden clubs, mushroom clubs, libraries, nature centers, foodies, permaculture groups, nature photographers, scientists, hippies, hobbyists, & homesteaders.
We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
Private walks can be held on your land or a nearby woods that you would like to explore. If you are unsure of a location, we can help chose a place to walk.
What is the cost?
2 Hours - $200 for 1 to 10 people. $10 for each additional person. There may be an additional mileage charge. Payment is accepted the day of the event through paypal, venmo, cash, or check. Special pricing may be available for educators.
About John Michelotti
John Michelotti is the founder of Catskill Fungi, which empowers people through outdoor educational classes, cultivation courses, mushroom art, and health extracts made from mushrooms foraged and grown on and around the family farm in the Catskill Mountains. John is past President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA), where he co-founded the Catskill Regional Mycoflora Project as well as the Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship. 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 such as SUNY ESF. His goal is to educate and inspire people to work with fungi to improve their health, communities, and the environment.
Please contact us with questions and to reserve your Mushroom Walk or Workshop.
Above photo by David Rainbird