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Travis Tyler Fluck

Travis Tyler Fluck is an educator, death doula, activist, cultivator, and empathetic witness. He serves his communities as a steward & facilitator as a leader for the Denver Psilocybin Initiative and co-founder of the Denver Mushroom Cooperative The Medicine Path has afforded Travis resolution to existential dilemmas as well as the means to help others heal and tap into true potential.  Travis won the Oakland Hyphae Lab's Fall '21 & '22 Cups for Psilocybe Cultivation, the first organization to include objective testing.

As a casualty of the drug war, Travis' life has been peppered with traumatic arrests and periods of incarceration. Fortunately, over the years, Travis has gained the tools and the platform to influence systemic change and work towards a ceasefire to the drug war. 

He looks forward to offering his insight and experience to better the world we live in!

Mushroom Common Scents, Just for the Smell Of It

Walt Sturgeon is a field mycologist with over 40 years of experience studying and identifying mushrooms. His photos of mushroom and fungi, some award-winning, can be
seen in numerous mushroom field guide publications, three of which he co-authored: Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America, University of Syracuse Press, 2012;
Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States, Ohio State University, 2013.,and Mushrooms of the Northeast, Adventure-Keen Press. He has also written Appalachian Mushrooms, Ohio University Press, 2018, He was a Contributing Author to the Encyclopedia
of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press. Walt has received the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, and Northeast (North America) Mycological Federation (NEMF) Eximia Award, both for contributions to the advancement of amateur mycology. He is the past president of the Ohio Mushroom Society and has associations with many other mycological organizations. Walt is married to Trish. He has two children and two grandchildren.  He lives in East
Palestine, Ohio and is a retired social worker.

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Jim Sayers

Jim Sayer's work as an Herbalist blossomed from his own experience with chronic illness in his family and how conventional medicine failed them miserably. Jim has been studying Herbalism for over twenty years leading to his development of The Herbal Ally Way through his passion for true spiritual allyship with the Herbs themselves.  Jim is the owner of the House of Life Botanicals as well as the Coordinator for the Herbal Allies Chapter of the Herbalist’s Without Borders-Youngstown, OH. In addition to Jim's herbal studies, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with two years of Nutrition education, Certified as a Nutritional Consultant and many other continuing education credits and certifications related to his field. With that said, he is not a doctor, nor a licensed professional of any kind. These sessions are for informational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. You are encouraged to speak with your healthcare provider about all herbal products, dietary changes, or supplements you choose to use.

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Melissa Ketelsen

Melissa Ketelsen is a passionate individual who has dedicated the past three years to working in the parks system, where she discovered her love for fungi. Inspired by this newfound passion, Melissa began creating short-form educational videos online, which received positive feedback and led her to start organizing her own forays. Through these forays, Melissa aims to bring attention to the wonders of foraging and soil science in her area. As a self-studied enthusiast, Melissa is driven by a deep desire to share her knowledge of fungi with the community in any way possible. She actively volunteers for mycoremediation groups like Mycorising, as she firmly believes that fungi hold the key to solving many of the environmental challenges we face today. Melissa is offering a workshop titled "Make your own oyster mushroom substrate while we learn about foraging and soil science basics!!!" This workshop has been well-received, and Melissa is eager to offer it again. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn various aspects related to mushrooms, including identifying mushrooms, understanding their health benefits, learning how to cook them, and exploring the role of fungi in the ecosystem. Additionally, Melissa will delve into topics such as the soil food web and the benefits of mycoremediation. If you're interested in connecting with Melissa and learning more about her work, you can find her on social media: Facebook: Melissa Ketelsen Instagram: @chicory_chickadee TikTok: @chicory.chickadee YouTube: Melissa Ketelsen

Don King

Don King, also known as The Mushroom Hunter, can often be found hiking the forests of Ohio and neighboring states in search of wild mushrooms and other delicious and healthy edibles, which he considers to be the pinnacle of sustainable, local foods. 

Don loves to share his knowledge of wild foods and how to prepare them through private and group identification workshops and wild edible hunts, as well as video tutorials and other appearances. He has been featured on  NPR's Good Eats with Vivian Goodman and has made over a dozen appearances on Fox 8's New Day Cleveland.

https://www.themushroomhunter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/themushroomhunter

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