Fantastic fungi

The Gem Bethel, ME


Amanda Moran

Maine mushroom expert

Fantastic Fungi— Finding fantastic fungi

The Western Maine hills are rich with fungi, most of which we don’t even see. Following a guided mushroom walk at Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Farm, Maine mushroom expert Amanda Moran introduces the world of mycology and shares foraging fundamentals and tips on identification.

The Gem Bethel, ME

Film Synopsis

The magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.

Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe, and could help save the planet. Now imagine that it’s in the ground beneath your feet. Fantastic Fungi is a journey into the mysterious world of mycelium and mushrooms.

Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, with its mycelial networks connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground internet. Through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned expert Paul Stamets; mushroom enthusiasts, like best-selling author Michael Pollan; and amateur naturalists, like Eugenia Bone, we will learn about the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom.