Programs & Workshops

Below is a detailed list of all of the public programs and workshops that are currently scheduled for 2018. This page will be continually updated as more dates are planned and details are finalized, so be sure to check back often.

If you are curious about scheduling a private event or have any questions regarding any upcoming programs, please feel free to get in touch with me using the form on the Contact Page. Thanks for your support!

Saturday April 21st: Wild Mushroom Foraging

When: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Charleswood Public Library (4910 Roblin Blvd #6, Winnipeg, MB)

Join ecologist, seasoned forager and mycophile Tom Nagy as he introduces you to a variety of common wild edible mushrooms that can be found in parks, gardens, fields and forests near you. Come and learn how to confidently identify each species throughout it’s life cycle including any troublesome impostors and which seasons it is likely to appear. Also learn to distinguish the habitats in which they can be found and discover how to prepare them for unique and delicious meals.

Details: for more information and to register for this program please visit the Winnipeg Public Library website after February 21st or call (204)-986-4918.

Saturday April 28th: Introductory Mushroom Cultivation

When: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: West End Public Library (999 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg MB)

Join ecologist and mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he introduces you to some of the basic techniques that can be used to cultivate a variety of delicious, gourmet edible mushrooms in your own backyard. Come and discover just how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and the ways that you can creatively incorporate them into your outdoor landscape. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

Details: for more information and to register for this program please visit the Winnipeg Public Library website after February 21st or call (204)-986-4918.


  1. Hello Tom!

    I live a little north of you in Muskoka, Ontario, but grew up on a farm near Hamilton where my father taught me to forage for meadow mushrooms and puffballs in our cow pastures.

    For the past 2 weeks I have had what I can most closely identify as agaricus arvensis (horse mushrooms) growing in my veggie garden where I have used sawdust and wood chips as deep mulching materials. I have done considerable research on them, but there are 2 issues that I am still wondering about:
    1) Have you ever heard of horse mushrooms fruiting in mid-June?
    2) Some of my specimens have very thick stems (approx. 2″ diameter) but with average sized caps. Is this what the field guides mean when they say that the stipes can be ‘club shaped’?

    Thank-you, and happy foraging!
    Alaine McGill


    1. Hey Alaine,

      Thanks for your comment. Horse mushrooms could fruit in July or August, although there are a few closely related and hard to identify Agaricus species which can and do fruit earlier on in the year than Agaricus arvensis or Agaricus campestris. Earlier this year in fact, around the middle of May, I found some very large Agaricus mushrooms fruiting some mulched Norway spruce trees. I have no idea what species they were, although I most certainly knew that they were not the potentially poisonous Agaricus xanthodermus and therefore good edibles.

      From what I understand club shaped stipes are those which are slightly swollen at the base and become slightly more narrow towards the underside of the cap. In other words, the stipe is more or less the same diameter except for at the base of where the mushroom emerges/developes from the mycelium, where it is slightly bulbous or swollen.

      Hope this information was helpful. Thanks and happy foraging to you as well!


  2. Thank-you Tom, I very much appreciate your reply!

    I think I will just call them Agaricus Mysterious until I find a field guide that has this early fruiting variety in it.

    We have built a new mushroom bed just at the treeline beside our chicken house where we are in the process of trying to propagate them. They are wonderful large mushrooms, and I really don’t want to disturb them, but my dilemma is that they are currently growing under my potato plants and I have delayed hilling the potatoes about as long as I can. Truth be told, the mushrooms just might win this turf war – I am so excited to have them popping up every time we water them!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!



  3. Hi From out of now where, in my moms lawn? we have a mushroom im told is called a Angle Ring ? where is come from beats me. i mow her lawn an know i didnt plant it. can they be eaten? sold to others. She does have nightly visits from the local Deer, no Idea its Just One Ring no where else in the naborhood??


    1. There are many fungi that have the common name of Angel Ring. These fungi colonize your lawn without any sort of intervention and are often signs of a relatively un-polluted and healthy soil environment. Depending on the species there are some that can be eaten, but of course it’s importantly to be absolutely sure before you decided to sample it, if you are interested in doing that at all. If you are able to take a photo of the formation, and the cap and underside of each mushroom I may be able to go about trying to figure out what it is for you.


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