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Free Garden Lecture – Understanding Mushrooms
This off-site lecture will be presented by John Dahlberg, a Loudoun County farmer and mushroom enthusiast in the Rust Library, in the large meeting room.
In this lecture “Understanding Mushrooms” John will present the basics of the fungi lifecycle, identification techniques, tips and tricks for finding the best local mushrooms, and a primer for growing your own edible mushrooms. John has been collecting and studying fungi for over 20 years. As a young lab technician studying viruses he became interested in developing a deeper understanding of the complex and puzzling organism of fungi. His passion for mushrooms also stems from a combined interest in nature and gourmet foods and you can find an interesting recipe for puffball mushrooms on his blog at Hiddenhollowheritagefarm.blogspot.com. John raises shitake mushrooms, heritage pigs, poultry, and goats on his Hidden Hollow Farm in Lovettsville. He also brews his own beer and makes artisanal sausages.