Our Next Event:
September 15, 2021

TOPIC: Mushrooms for Health

SPEAKER: Ron Spinosa
LOCATION: The historic Eero Saarinen Christ Church and via Zoom
TIME: 7:00-8:30 PM

NOTE: This will be recorded and available on YouTube.

Monthly lectures are from 7:00 to 8:30PM. There is a suggested donation of $5, but the lecture is free for members. You can join or donate HERE.


Mushrooms have been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine for over 2000 years. Western science is finally starting to study medicinal mushrooms and their potential for promoting health and healing. Come and learn about these amazing mushrooms, that may become the medicines of the future. We will explore the history of these mushrooms and examine the evidence for their use as immune system enhancers, cancer treatment, memory improvement and more.

Many medicinal mushrooms grow wild in Minnesota. We will discuss how to identify these mushrooms, where to find them, and how to prepare them. The instructor will bring in specimens of some of some medicinal mushrooms for hands-on examination.

Here are two documents you can download and print out for your convienence:

A little bit about Ron…

Ron is a past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society, having served four years in that position. He was an editor of the MMS newsletter, “The Toadstool Review.” Ron is an amateur mycologist, who has been studying and enjoying mushrooms for over 25 years. Mushroom cultivation is one of his special interests. Ron was Chair of the Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He has given many presentations and workshops on mushrooms at nature centers, museums, schools, and garden clubs. He was a recipient of The Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award by the North American Mycological Association.

Ron Spinosa holds oyster mushrooms growing from toilet paper, with some of his cultivated mushrooms, including shitake mushrooms, left, on logs.


Selena Tunison Memorial Scholarship

Selena served on the board of the North Country Herbalist Guild and was an active and beloved member of the North Country community. Her warm effervescence and enthusiasm was contagious. She loved all things herbal and was a wealth of knowledge always seeking to learning more.

This scholarship for the American Herbalist Guild Annual Symposium was created in Selena’s memory and is intended for an enthusiastic herb lover who would wholeheartedly love to attend this year’s AHG Symposium, but can’t afford the expense.

The AHG’s 32nd Annual Symposium will be hosted online again this year on October 15th-17th. The topic is: Recovery, Resistance, Resilience: Trauma-Informed Herbal Healthcare

Please send an email to nchgbod@gmail with your contact information and let us know why you are an ideal candidate to receive this scholarship.

Calling for Board of Director Nominations

The Guild is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors election to be held in November, 2021.

To be eligible, you must be an active member of the North Country Herbalist Guild.
Members of the Board of Directors serve two-year terms.
The upcoming term begins on January 1, 2022 and ends on December 31, 2024.
If you are interested, know anyone who is interested, or would like more information, please contact us at nchgbod@gmail.com

The Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism is offering a special 25% discount on classes and monthly subscriptions for North Country Herbalist Guild members!  There is no limit as to how many times you can use it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into your herbal studies this year, at a bargain price!

Use discount code: NCHG2021
This offer expires on 12/31/2021

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Book Club

Our next book is Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to do is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings by Mary Siisip Geniusz

Find more information HERE.

Thursday, November 4th.

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Thanks to those who joined in the discussion of The Language of Plants, by Julia Graves.

North Country Herbalist Guild welcomes your participation.

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