Why are mushrooms so popular recently, and who is growing them—and searching for them in the wild—in New York City? To find out, we interviewed a whole bunch of fungi-focused folks. These interviews happened a couple of years ago, so this episode is technically from the vault—but it’s aged well! We learn about the cello-inspired origins of the commercial vertical farming startup Smallhold, which grows oyster mushrooms and lion’s mane all over the city. We hear from an entrepreneur on why she started—and then sold—her mushroom farm in Brooklyn. We visit expert forager Wildman Steve—who makes us call him “Wildman”—and try to avoid his bird. And we end with a very fun, philosophical interview of Jie Jin, a mushroom club organizer who makes us rethink our relationship to fungi spores. Definitely check this one out!

Mushrooms

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