Video: The Matsutake Hunter

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  I met Amy Peterson at an Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center matsutake hunt that my friend’s mother had invited me to join. Every year, members of Portland’s Japanese American community and their friends and family travel to the Oregon coast or Mt. Hood to hunt for the fragrant matsutake mushrooms, so beloved in Japan. Those … Continue reading

Emily Nachison’s Mushroom Sculptures: Melting Ink Caps and the Magic of the Forest

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Emily Nachison creates sculptures and installations that echo the natural world in a haunting and haunted way. She and her partner Michael Endo had a collaborative show at Bullseye Gallery in Northwest Portland in March and April, which included several of Emily’s astonishing cast glass mushroom sculptures set amid Michael’s derelict urban landscapes made from … Continue reading

Jordan Weiss is Bemushroomed

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Jordan Weiss is a 47-year-old self-taught mycologist who lives in Corvallis. He’s been in love with mushrooms since the early 1970s and enjoys sharing his low-tech approaches to mushroom cultivation with anyone interested in raising their own mushroom patches. This interview is part of the Oregon Mushroom Stories’ Community Reporters Project. Please participate if you … Continue reading

Tony Migas and Ed Foy Grow Lots of Mushrooms

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For two weekends in April, I attended classes about how to grow mushrooms at home. The first was taught by local cultivator Tony Migas, recently the president of the Oregon Mycological Society and an intrepid home cultivator who once tended 45 shitake logs in one small room of his home. (He also claims that he … Continue reading

Dane Osis and His Morel Motherload

For this moment, Dane was the king of King Boletes.

Dane Osis is a 35-year-old Park Ranger at Fort Stevens State Park, just outside of Astoria. He grew up on the Oregon Coast and learned to forage beginning in his early twenties from a neighbor. For the past nine years, Dane has led mushroom programs and hikes at State Parks up and down the coast. … Continue reading

Share your stories: Join the Community Reporters Project!

Dane and a hefty cauliflower mushroom.

We are seeking stories by and about mushroom foragers or cultivators in Oregon. If you love mushrooms – or know someone who does – please join our Community Reporters Project. We have questions; please interview yourselves, your family members, co-workers, children – whoever has a good mushroom story to tell. Send us your answers in … Continue reading

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