The Wilmington Mushroom Club

So much more than just mycology

"In a society where dependence on capitalism & government

is all but forced, sustainability is a revolutionary act"

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Our Mission

To connect local farmers with each other & the community to grow the population of aware, informed & involved families in our area.

To create a safe space for humans of all ages who want to learn about their native environment & wildlife in a hands-on way.

To increase the number of members in our community who are able to accurately identify both local toxic & edible mushrooms. 

To raise awareness & support for more sustainable

living/eating practices in our coastal community.

To add to the number of accessible community gardens

& self-sustaining organic households in our area.

2022 WMC Events

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It is mushroom season & we simply can't wait to get back outdoors with our crew! Join us for a free, friends & family-friendly event with The Wilmington Mushroom Club in partnership with Wild Meadow Farm. This foraging event will take place August 6th at 4pm. Please no pets for this event, as chickens & protected wildlife will be around us.

Wild Meadow Farm is a privately owned 18 acre regenerative agriculture & ecological education project located in Eastern Columbus County, NC near the Green Swamp outside of Wilmington. The land boasts rich animal biodiversity, undisturbed native & wild vegetation, & multiple ecosystems for us to explore as we search for emerging fungi. Address will be provided as we get closer to event date!

MAJOR thank you to Chris and Marie of Wild Meadow Farms for extending their time & property for us to enjoy for the afternoon. To learn more about Wild Meadow Farms, purchase local produce, & check out some great learning opportunities, visit https://www.wildmeadowfarmnc.com/

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An introduction to our local & non-local legal medicinal fungi, how to incorporate them into your diet & how they can help maintain your mind & body! Come prepared with a notebook, the slideshow lecture will be about 30-40min, Q&A will follow up after. The perfect class for beginners & those looking to deepen their knowledge of our local biome.

** this class will lightly (2-3 slides) cover the current science behind psilocybin mushrooms at the end. If this topic is abrasive to you or your children, please do not attend or leave prior to the discussion **

 

Led by The Wilmington Mushroom Club's Ashlyn Thompson. This class is love donation-based (suggested $5-10 each) but no cost is required!This class will take place at the NEW Healing Leaves Holistic Center located at 3329 Wrightsville Ave. in Wilmington, NC. If you plan to attend, please let us know ASAP so we can decide if a second class is needed.

About
Megan McGee

About
Ashlyn Thompson

Megan McGee is a recreationalist, certified yoga teacher, & wellbeing specialist. In 2017, she rekindled an intentional relationship with the outdoors by working on a medicinal herb farm & trail running. In 2019, Megan was then welcomed into a mycology club located in the Appalachian mountain of Blacksburg, VA. Since then, Megan has become a motivated student of mushroom ID with inclusivity at the heart of her pursuit & a desire to share her fascination with fungi! As a 2021 Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Megan's academic background has shaped her appreciation of the scientific & inherent connections between humans & the natural world. She views science as learning the language of appreciation for the outdoors & how we can nourish our bodies with respect & admiration.

Joe Choi is an outdoorsman, photographer, UNCW graduate, and mushroom enthusiast! Along with Nicholl Gleason, Joe co-operates local farm Wholesome Greens.









Wholesome Greens, LLC is an artisinal suburban farm in Wilmington, NC. With microgreens at the top of their product list, Wholesome Greens also grows mushrooms, culinary herbs, edible flowers and produce.  They also have a small flock of Highland Red chickens which have become a part of their sustainability practices among composting, recycling, and reusing. The farm's goals are to continually improve quality, customer satisfaction and awareness while strengthening our local communities. Wholesome Greens proudly serves many fine dining establishments and restaurants around the Cape Fear region.

Check out this article about Joe here!

Ashlyn Thompson is a Wilmington local with a passion for bringing the community together through exercise, knowledge, & exploration.
Ashlyn graduated from NCSU in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and since then has started her own business as a spiritual practitioner, life coach, & holistic healing guide.

Ashlyn has always been interested in mushrooms but really began her mycology journey in early 2021 when she learned about the many health & wellness properties of fungi. After realizing that Wilmington was full of wild edible & medicinal mushrooms, she saw a need for our community to be aware of the land we reside on. Although she is a novice mushroom forager, Ashlyn has quickly learned the basics & feels comfortable identifying multiple local species. As of 2022, Ashlyn is CPR/AED/ First Aid certified.

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About
Joe Choi

In the Forest

We Want You!

Now accepting members from these local areas

 

Wilmington - Murraysville - Ogden - Scotts Hill - Hampstead

 Rocky Point - Surf City - Topsail Beach - Myrtle Grove - Leland

Winnabow - Carolina Beach - Wrightsville Beach - Southport

The Wilmington Mushroom Club is a not-for-profit club in coastal North Carolina co-operated with Joe Choi of local farm Wholesome Greens, LLCamateur forager Megan McGee & founder Ashlyn Thompson. Our goal is to keep the club free, accessible & available to all.

Friends are welcome from far & wide!

 

To join the team, volunteer, donate, or host a class

please email tashlyn2020@gmail.com

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