In the stillness of winter, the natural world slows down but it does not sleep. Myriad life quietly goes about its business through the cold. Take, for example, the many lichens camouflaging insects, providing food for wildlife, fixing nitrogen to the soil and producing an astounding number of unique chemicals in nature. You may not realize it, but lichen can be found in our everyday lives– from bright magenta fabric dyes to monastic beers and even natural deodorant. These tiny organisms, perhaps better understood as tiny ecosystems, are wonders hiding in plain sight!
In this 90-minute online workshop, we will delve into the fascinating history, biology, and incredible uses for lichens, mushrooms, and other fungi in the winter. Some can be found in your backyard, while others are only discovered in the ancient fanny packs of 5,300-year-old tattooed mummies.
Yes, you read that correctly. There’s more to winter fungus that meets the eye and Felicity Roberts is here to tell us all about it!
Felicity is an herbalist, urban farmer, food and cocktail writer, textile artist and passionate home cook who gets excited about discovering simple, low tech, and environmentally friendly ways to grow, gather, and prepare food. Her knowledge of Newfoundland's landscape and foods is matched by an eclectic knowledge base acquired from a decade spent hitchhiking, farming, and cooking around North America with notable stops in British Columbia, Texas, and Maine. She has been featured on NPR and is an Atlas Obscura trip guide.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.
This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.
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