Michael Weese, entrepreneur and founder of MushroomLife, is an autodidact, forager, and all around fungal enthusiast in the Southern Appalachian Region. His life’s work involves being a teacher, guide, wild food purveyor, alchemist, herbalist, consultant, cultivator, photographer, permaculturist, ecologist, environmental steward, and friend to nearly all he meets.
Michael’s influence spans the globe, as he inspires folks to both forage in the wild, and cultivate their own mushrooms. Through sharing his knowledge and experience online, in the classroom, and in the field, Michael inspires others to explore their world with wonder and a sense of curiosity that is can never be quenched. Creator of some of the most popular fungal cultures ever cloned and circulated, Michael has a special talent for developing champion genetics from wild-harvested mushroom specimens.
Michael is administrator to several very large online forums with the intentions of spreading fungal awareness and enthusiasm, education, and decreasing apathy toward nature through the constant demonstration of fungal beauty, applications and diversity. It is because of his artistic eye that Michael’s photography has been published in “The Journal of Wild Mushrooming,” and used by his mentors and peers in their teachings across the planet.
Always striving to take the arts, interests, and passions of his chosen field to the next level, Michael is confident a healthy relationship with the hyphae is the way forward for humankind.