Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, Maine mycologist and author Greg Marley will present an introduction to the best edible and medicinal mushrooms in the fall woods of Maine. Guidelines will be presented on ways to learn mushrooms and recommendations for finding and using edible and medicinal mushrooms will be reviewed.

According to Marley, "Wild mushrooms present us with beauty, mystery and a wonderful lens through which to view the natural world. Mushrooms are plentiful and diverse across Maine and a variety of exceptional edibles are commonly found growing in our suburban and rural lawns, fields and forest. The growing interest in wild mushrooms parallels the movement to adopt more local food options and to live more sustainably. Edible and medicinal mushrooms represent an opportunity for sustainably foraging and enjoying healthy locally sourced food and present a potential for health benefits beyond good nutrition. It is vital that a mushroom forager develop the skills needed to identify the edible and medicinal mushrooms and to know those mushrooms that are poisonous."

Marley has been pursuing his personal passion for mushrooms for more than 40 years. Through numerous walks and talks and classes on mushroom identification and the use of medicinal mushrooms, he shares this passion with others. Over the years he has informed and mentored many hundreds of new mushroomers. His interests and expertise include foraging, mushroom cultivation, collecting and cooking wild species, the ecology of mushrooms in our forests, and the use of medicinal mushrooms. Marley is a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to the Poison Centers of New England and the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a company offering medicinal mushroom supplements and education. The author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi (2009) and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms (2010), Marley lives and mushrooms along the coast of Maine.

Books will be available for sale and signing, as well as a limited selection of medicinal mushroom products. This free event is sponsored by the library and Belfast Co-op.  Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High St., in downtown Belfast.

For more information about this event, call Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext. 10.