My name is Anthoni Goodman and I founded this organization to foster interest in our diverse fungi and to build an educational and social club for all of us mycophiles!
I attended Northern Arizona University for my masters in Clinical psychology where I was fortunate enough to become a member of the very active Mushroom Society in Arizona. When I moved to Birmingham for my PhD work in Neuroscience I missed that very particular type of social club and decided to make one for the Great State of Alabama! My interest in fungi are primarily based on a general study of their morphology, distribution, ecological niche, and of course value as an addition to my dinner plate.
I hope this page and society bring visitors and members alike the resources and social support they need to dive head first into this fascinating hobby!
I started collecting native plants over 25 years ago. That grew into where I am now. After years of studying each plant, I'm able to walk outside every single day, any time of the year and forage from my garden for food or medicine. It is such a blessing to me. Where would all of this foraging lead next? Why, mushrooms, what else! It started as a hobby taking pictures; as most folks do. As I began to identify and research; I found that most of our Southern mushrooms are edible and quite good! As a forager this was awesome, so here I am! I have found my tribe!!!
Hi, I'm Diana Fowler. I have had a very diverse career stemming from my degree in accounting that ranges from working for private businesses, schools, auditing, serving on boards and owning my own business. Now, I like to say that I am an accountant turned carpenter because I'm often the sawman on our home building project of 5 years. I've had the pleasure of being happily married for 26+ to my husband, Tim, and we have three lovely daughters. I am an avid lover of all things of nature/the outdoors who is always up for more exploration and discoveries.
As a long time scavenger, Tim’s love for wild food began when he was very young. Collecting coconuts on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands was a fun pastime for him growing up. As Tim got older and after working in many restaurant kitchens around Birmingham, Alabama, he also developed a passion for fine food. Those two loves collided when he first found chanterelle mushrooms in the Alabama foothills in 2002 and his life was forever changed. Now he travels all over the southeast collecting vast varieties of edible mushrooms and sharing them with fellow wild food lovers