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. Ari does not just write about mushrooms – he is a dynamic teacher and leader of The Mushroom Forager’s popular mushroom hunting and cultivation workshops.
Ari 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 the MacDaniels Nut Grove. He has a B.A. from Brown University, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Jenna Antonino DiMare
Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Jenna is the principal and founder of Vermont-based Elegant Ecology | Landscape Design and Environmental Planning. She also serves as the Executive Director of non-profit Vermont Green Building Network. She completed a graduate program (MLA) in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. Jenna received her B.A. from Brown University, where she studied architecture and environmental issues with a focus on sustainable agriculture. Jenna is a passionate chef who loves to use fresh local ingredients and wild mushrooms. When not foraging and hiking, she enjoys a daily yoga practice and photography.
Born in morel season of 2014, Eliana is entering her first 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.