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OUR PASSION 

We are a local community dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge about the culinary, healing and medicinal properties of mushrooms and plants.

JOIN US!

We love spending time in nature and enjoying the bounty of the outdoors! Come and join us as we celebrate by guided foraging, workshops, live music, delicious food and local art.

Vint Elijha Westley 

Founder

Meet Vint, he grew up in Ohio where his fondness of foraging came from picking blackberries as a kid. At the age of 18 he moved to Berkeley, California. He was able to explore his love for the outdoors, working at a camping store. Vint’s traveled coast to coast and all of the lower 48! He’s been hunting morels for 20 years now, but it was his move to the Oregon Coast in 2010 that grabbed his interest in mycology from exploring the coastal range. Vint's hobbies are beekeeping, rock hounding, foraging, herbalist farming and kayaking. He also makes art from nature; floating macrame end tables, mushroom shelves and plant hangers. Sometimes you'll find him in his garage, crafting with wood and screen printing spore print designs on clothes. All of which will be on display and for sale at the Ohio Mushroom Festival. He's blessed with 2 nature loving kids, Miles and Marin, his muses are coastal lines, good eats and the trusty woods!

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Kevin McLane

Organizer 

Hospitality Lead

Kevin is an educator in topics ranging from mathematics to food literacy. His passions include foraging and local ecology. He has foraged wild mushrooms for 15 years, a hobby that Kevin's eternally grateful for in how it brings him closer to nature. Kevin teaches mathematics in both high school and college. For his graduate thesis, he built a mathematical model to describe the symbiosis between ectomycorrhiza and trees in a forest ecosystem. He loves teaching others about the natural abundance around us and the benefits of sustainable local food systems. Kombucha fermentation has been a very fulfilling hobby from both a health and culinary perspective. Kevin enjoys the versatility of mixed culture fermentation and the innumerable possibilities for new applications. 

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Marin Pearl Westley

Organizer

Marin is a young, independent artist  who is working towards being a tattooist. Music and being in nature inspire her creativity. Traveling is a passion of hers. Living on the coast of Oregon gave her a love for rainy days! With her parents always taking her in the woods to go foraging, hiking has became one of her hobbies and relaxations. 

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Elijha Miles Westley

Head of Merchandise

Miles is a free spirited young man with a love for all things nature. Growing up on the oregon coast & traveling with his parents from a young age developed his love for seeing the world. He enjoys foraging, hiking in the woods, cooking & spending time with his family. He is working to become an electrician with the goal to begin his own business one day. 

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Joel & Adriana

Vending & Volunteer Coordinators

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Myco Mike

Foray Coordinator

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Steve & Amy Adams

Organizers/chefs

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James Mann organizer/presenter

James Mann is a naturalist, with a specific focus on wild food. Growing up in the rolling Appalachian hills of southern Ohio, James grew up immersed in nature, not truly appreciating it until he moved away to the city, training and working as a chef in fine dining for 10 years. This all culminated in an apprenticeship at Faviken, a two Michelin star restaurant in northern Sweden where all food was grown and foraged on site. Now James Guides nature walks for kids, and has regular foraging classes for adults that includes a wild food lunch, bringing the wild food journey from the forest to the table in one, 3 hour experience. Check out his website www.spicebushwoodcraft.com to learn more.

Joe Gergley

Art Director

Joe is full time artist whom is driven by the act of creating. Born in Youngstown, Ohio. He studied illustration at Columbus college of art and design (ccad). When Joe isn’t creating art he enjoys finding inspiration within nature and foraging wild mushrooms. @strangehumanstudios (Instagram) www.strangehumanstudios.com www.strangehumanstudios.bigcartel.com (Shop)

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Jim Sayer

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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