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Michael Karns

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Michael Karns

Michael Karns began foraging as a teenager after he and his family moved to forty wooded acres in north-central Arkansas. Since those humble beginnings collecting puffballs and wood ear, his passion for great food and a slightly obsessive compulsion for learning led him to a deep dive into mycology—with a full appreciation of the amazing edible treasures hiding in the forest. Michael is a certified mycological identification expert, a scientist with the Minnesota Mycoflora Project, and co-author of “Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table.”

Current Courses Offered by Michael Karns

.5 days
Teaser image for Untamed Mushrooms: A Wild Walk in the Woods

Untamed Mushrooms: A Wild Walk in the Woods

The onset of the fall season means that the boreal forest is popping with mushrooms! But which varieties should eat and which varieties are best left alone? Join a certified mushroom identification expert, a veteran cook, and a nature & food photographer, authors of the new guide Untamed Mushrooms: From…
1.5 days
Teaser image for Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table

Stepping into nature you’re surrounded by edible wild foods—if you know where to look. Old traditions of foraging have seen a passionate resurgence of interest among ​midwestern chefs and home cooks intrigued by the vitality of foods growing just footsteps—or a healthy hike—from their doors. But many hesitate over collecting…
Sat, Sep 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018