Recommended Books


Here are introductions to the several quality books we offer for sale that contain useful information about general mycology, mushroom cultivation, and wild mushroom foraging.

Mushrooms-of-West-Virginia-and-the-Central-Appalachians-9780813190396Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians

by William Roody.  2003      Buy Now

Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians serves as a solid introduction to the mushrooms of the region.  More than 400 species are described and illustrated with the author’s own stunning color photographs, and many more are discussed in the text. Each species account includes remarks about edibility and commentary to help distinguish similar species. A comprehensive glossary of specialized mycological terms is provided.
Also, another excellent source for identifying wild mushrooms in our bioregion is Roody’s collaboration with several other mycologists:  Macrofungi Associated with Oaks in Eastern North America


mycellium runningMycelium Running

by Paul Stamets, 2005    Buy Now

Paul is the guru of popular mushroom cultivation.  His diverse mycological interests and scientific entrepreneurship are inspiration to many of us developing regional mushroom businesses and research projects to promote our alliance with Fungi.  Mycelium Running provides an excellent introduction to fungi, their ecological competence, and how to grow them using simple methods.

Publisher Comments: – A manual for healing the earth and creating sustainable forests through mushroom cultivation, featuring mycelial solutions to water pollution, toxic spills, and other ecological challenges.- Mycotechnology is part of a larger trend toward using living systems to solve environmental problems and to restore ecosystems.- Includes mycological projects for children (and kids at heart).- More than 50 full-color photographs of mushrooms, mycelium, mycotechnology in action, growing techniques, and so on.- Provides detailed how-tos for growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms–allies to the immune systems of both humans and our planet. Topics include techniques for germinating spares, transplanting wild mycelium, and creating natural spawn.





Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms,

by Paul Stamets and C. Dusty Wu Yao.  2002.    Buy Now

An good introduction to the medicinal mushrooms and some of their uses.

A couple of other good mushroom cultivation books by Paul Stamets include:

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms; The Mushroom Cultivator



Mushroom-cover Mushrooming with Confidence

by Alexander Schwab, 2012    Buy Now

 Mushrooming with Confidence:  A Guide to Collecting Edible and Tasty Mushrooms

300 photos explain how to identify common and tasty mushrooms.  Excellent field guide for the beginning forager.






The Joy of Hobby Farming

Michael and Audrey Levatino, 2011

The Joy of Hobby Farming:  Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life.

We proudly introduce this book written by our friends up the road.  From their small farm Ted’s Last Stand, near Grodonsville, VA.  Michael and Audrey grow and sell flowers, vegetables, honey, eggs, and hand made crafts at local farmer’s markets.  This book also has a chapter about growing mushrooms based on a workshop Michael attended at a friends place down the road.  Check out their website and buy their book at: