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Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series – Olga Tzogas – Mushrooms of Greece
February 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mushrooms of Greece
Join Olga Tzogas from Smugtown Mushrooms as she showcases the fantastic world of the mushrooms, fungi and flora of Greece. Over the past 5 years Olga has been returning to her ancestral homeland seasonally to explore not just the ancient ruins of Greece but also the ancient mycelial networks present there. The typical image of Greece is usually coastlines and sparkling beaches of clear Mediterranean Sea water. Of course those vistas are worth the rave, but Greece is more than the beach and islands, its the mountains, the water, the hot springs, the forests, the plants, its the slow paced villages & the busy late night streets of Thessaloniki. Not often is this diverse country noted for its wide ranging cuisine, ecosystems and its flora and fauna. Take a look into the relationships the locals have with certain species of mushrooms & plants, & the recipes for use. In our discussion we focus on the different bio-regions visited and the Fungi that typically grow during the fall months. Enjoy a visual journey through the mountains, coastlines and villages of Greece.
Olga Tzogas created & operates Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester NY.
Her journey with Fungi and plants started over ten years ago. Working with these allies by foraging in both urban & more wild settings, and developing skills to identify for food and medicine. In 2011, Smugtown Mushrooms was established because there was a need for mushrooms & growing supplies, workshops, events & community based science in her area. While continuously learning more and embracing the never-ending, unlocked potential of mushrooms & fungi. 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 and helped establish the first ever New Moon Mycology Summit in 2018.