Monthly Archives: October 2013

How Commercial Wild Mushroom Pickers­ Harvest Huge Quantities—And Why

I’ll be giving a guest lecture at the Mycological Society of Toronto‘s November 18th meeting:

How Commercial Wild Mushroom Pickers­ Harvest Huge Quantities—And Why

Ten pounds of wild edible mushrooms is a big haul for most hobbyist foragers. But for a professional picker, it’s a sign it’s time to find a new patch. Their livelihood depends on securing substantial quantities of morels, chanterelles, pine mushrooms or other edible varieties, for days and months on end. Focusing on how they accomplish this feat, this talk provides an introduction to the Canadian wild food trade. Focusing on why, it reveals the social, environmental and economic values motivating this unique form of forest industry. Continue reading