Ari is a writer, instructor and lecturer on wild and cultivated mushrooms and edible plants. He is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager and is author of a forthcoming book on how to safely and fruitfully forage for the most coveted wild mushrooms in North America.
Ari is an ardent mycophile who enjoys nothing more than the exhilarating feeling of the mushroom hunt. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge and adventures with blog readers and workshop participants. Ari has facilitated over 100 presentations and hands-on workshops to over 2,000 mycophiles from around the world.
He finds inspiration in the gourmet mycorrhizal mushrooms, like porcini and chanterelles, which only thrive in the wild and resist cultivation. He became an expert in cultivating shiitake mushrooms in agroforestry systems when he managed Cornell University’s Mushroom Research Project and Cornell University’s agroforestry teaching site and farm, the MacDaniels Nut Grove. He has a B.A. from Brown University, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Jenna Antonino DiMare
Born in morel season of 2014, Eliana is entering her second season as a full-fledged forager. She is already a mycophile, with a seemingly insatiable appetite for shiitake and a keen eye for crusty old turkey tail. She even has learned the word “mushroom”, or “mach-mee”, and requests her favorite food with great frequency and zeal. Her fresh forager’s eyes, small stature, and constant smile are invaluable assets to this foraging family.
Judah is the resident mushroom foraging pup, always accompanying Jenna and Ari on their forays. He has a contagious zest for life, and he enjoys nothing more than sprinting through open fields futilely chasing sparrows, or patiently stalking the scents of squirrels and chipmunks in the woods.