Special Spooky Mushroom Episode with Alex Dorr and Lera Niemackl.
A podcast devoted to the wild and wacky world of Mushrooms! Episode 25 is here to celebrate this spooky time of the year and Halloween. We wanted to bring you something special, so this episode is full of fun facts about fungi, fungal diseases, and how fungi are taking over the world! This is great episode to hear Alex and Lera chat, get spooky, and so mush more!
Alex Dorr is a student and Mycophile who graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree studying mycology with a focus on mycoremediation. CEO of Mushroom Revival, a mushroom company based in South Deerfield Ma, focused on growing medicinal mushrooms like cordyceps militaris and making medicinal supplement products.
Originally a student of philosophy, founder Alex Dorr was amazed to learn about the power of mushrooms to fulfill many of society's most complex needs. From the common cold to cancer, from building our soils to remediating oil spills, from insulating homes to connecting 95% of plants, fungi are here to help us. Having been used medicinally for thousands of years, today, peer-reviewed research papers on the benefits of mushrooms are widely available. Yet when Dorr started learning about medicinal mushrooms, it seemed their power had almost completely faded from our collective consciousness.
Inspired by the few contemporary pioneering voices in the field of mushroom medicine, Dorr was excited to help carry the torch. This information, it's not that people don't know about it, Dorr says, "it's that we forgot. The information has always been there; it's in our DNA. We know on a deep level that this is good for us, it's better than chemicals, we just have to take the effort to remember. And at Mushroom Revival, we are more than happy to ring the bell again."
Lera Niemackl is a student and mycophile as well that came to us all the way from Kansas to join the Mushroom Revival team. She spends most days in the lab here, but she has her hand in just about everything going on at Mushroom Revival. Leading cultivation and always studying ways to perfect our methods, she is the heart and soul of Mushroom Revival. In the past Lera studied in linguistics and sculpture, with a minor in French and Art History. Always a passion for science and being an environmentalist. Lera was meant to land here at Mushroom Revival where her two passions can grow together.