My name is John Michelotti founder of Catskill Fungi. Welcome to our website.
Here at Catskill Fungi, we produce high quality triple-extracted health tinctures from fungi that are wild-crafted or grown on our family farm. Our consulting branch incorporates edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation into residential landscape design. We enjoy sharing our love of mushrooms on our guided mushroom walks, through cultivation workshops, and through our mushroom inspired art.
Catskill Fungi has a foundation of permaculture principles. This means the core of our business is about helping people and improving the planet through our work with mushrooms. We practice sustainable harvesting, leave-no-trace principles, and compassion for the environment. We aim to empower people to grow edible mushrooms as a fun source of fresh food, to heal themselves through utilizing health properties of fungi, and to explore the historical uses and present day innovations of this exceptional kingdom.
See you in the woods!
John Michelotti is a "mushroom guy". He has been honored to study fungi with some of the top mycologists in the county and his mission is to spread the information about the benefits that fungi have to offer. John is the President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA), and a member of Connecticut Westchester Mycological (COMA), Pioneer Valley Mycological Association, and North American Mycological Association (NAMA) as well as Amazon Mycorenewal Project researching the utilization of Fungi to remediate oil spills in the Amazon Rainforest. John has visited dozens of mushroom farms from small scale operations to the largest in the country and from New England to the Tropics. He has hosted inoculation workshops in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Texas. He is an adviser of the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown who are developing standards for best practices in mushroom production. He resides in Big Indian, NY on family farm where he cultivates (indoor and outdoor) mushrooms for their healthful components which he uses to create Health Extractions.
Here are what some people have to say about our tinctures and walks:
"I have been taking a catskill fungi chaga tincture as I have RSD & it does make me feel a lot better." - B. G. of High Falls, NY
"I was taking powdered reishi capsules and drinking reishi tea for 3 months before switching to taking your tinctures and I notice a strong difference. I can feel these tinctures are more powerful than both of these. The care and integrity which you make them pays off."
"Awesome walk. Really enjoyed it. Learned a lot. Like how you presented the information and encourage people to keep learning. Combining science and healing with respect for the ecology and the natural environment. Very well done. Look forward to future walks and talks."
- Del Orloske
"I got some friends that also tried your little reishi magic potion thing. It seemed to work for my allergies and it seems to be working for hers." -Gary R.
"Chaga! The only thing I changed while vending my busiest festival weekend and it was the first year that I didn't get a cold/flu afterwards!" -Deborah B.
"Therapeutic power of a medicinal is impacted by how fast it gets into the blood chemistry therefore tablets and capsules have more challenge than liquid administration. Use of medicinals that are fresher with a quality component holds much higher therapeutic effectiveness."
-Pharmacist Ed Ullmann