A really fun guy?

Local mushroom grower teaches classes on fungi cultivation and identification
Chris Swinson of Mycophile's Garden teaches classes on mushroom cultivation and identification. Courtesy photo.

The Mycophile’s Garden is a Grand Rapids based mushroom farm and wild mushroom foraging service that was started by Chris Swinson, CFO. In this case, CFO stands for Chief Fungal Officer.

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A State of Michigan Certified Mushroom Expert, Swinson describes himself as “quite a fun, kind soul.” He conducts classes, sells at markets, produces, harvests and – along with his partner Jess Phillips ­– performs all the other day-to-day tasks required of mushroom growing, gathering and distribution. A host of other family members and in-laws and other mushroom enthusiasts round out the team.

This grower’s mushrooms can be found at farmers markets, restaurants, and shops in West Michigan and as far east as Lansing. Mycophile’s Garden presents classes throughout the year at its Grand Rapids facility, except during the summer farmers market season when they take the show on the road. Catch Swinson and his team at Speciation Cellars 928 Wealthy St SE, On Aug. 3 where he will present a Mushroom Cultivation Class and. On Aug. 17, a Mushroom Identification Class. The fun takes place 7 – 9 p.m. More information on a myriad of mushroom products including growing kits, T-shirts, and mushroom jerky at mycophile.org.

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