Mushroom cultivation and mushroom hunting are great ways to learn about fungi and grow an understanding of the lifestyles and habitats of different fungi in the ecosystem.
Kingdom Fungi is an integral part of life on this planet. Fungi remediate damaged habitats and watersheds, feed organisms on all links of the food chain, decompose organic material, and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with every plant and animal on earth. Without fungi, terrestrial life as we know it simply would not exist.
The challenges of mushroom culture and fungus identification are daunting at times, but the rewards are amazing and worthwhile. A few of my favorite wild and cultivated mushrooms are described in the fungus library to help beginners recognize edible, interesting, and poisonous mushrooms. Visit the mushroom cultivation info page to learn more about growing gourmet culinary mushrooms.