For the Love of Fungi!
Myco - Fungi, Philic - a fondness or affinity for. I love fungi, they are extremely fascinating and have endless potential in so many different realms. Through educational programming, ecology walks, edible mushroom cultivation consulting and specialty mushroom products, I hope to broaden the field and offer a resource to people who are interested in this amazing kingdom of life.
The US is considered a mycophobic nation, meaning that the majority of Americans grow up learning about plants and animals but are told to "stay away from mushrooms, they could be dangerous." As a result, I didn't learn about fungi until I was in college (at SUNY ESF), where two major professors introduced me to this fascinating kingdom. I came out of school in love (with fungi) and in debt. We share 50% of our DNA with fungi, yet we learn so little about them. I created Mycophilic as a platform to share and explore the fascinating intricacies of these amazing organisms. I believe that learning resources should be accessible to all, especially people of low income and those from impacted communities.