AGRIVA: Wild Mushrooms workshops July 13, 2018

Immediate Release
July 11th, 2018

Hearst, Ontario — The popular local Hearst Gardening series is going on this summer from August 20th to the 22nd. For the occasion, three workshops are offered jointly with the Salon du livre de Hearst. The original 2017-2018 was a partnership involving the Porcupine Health Unit, the Hearst Economic Development and Agriva Group.
The first workshop will be held on Monday August 20th at 7 pm at the Université de Hearst amphitheater. The speaker, Roger Larivière, knows the area as he has previously participated as an author at the Salon du livre de Hearst and has also wrote many books on the topic. The second workshop will be a guided tour on how to collect wild mushrooms. The tour will depart from Inovo Centre, 523 Highway 11 East, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 21st. Registration (10$) is mandatory for this activity. Finally, Wednesday August 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. at the Inovo Centre, we are offering a free presentation on chaga mushrooms. Mr. Roger Larivière says “I am delighted to come back to Hearst to help discover some of the mushrooms of the boreal forest. The workshop is a basic introduction for the amateurs on the necessary identification of the mushroom for a safe consumption of wild mushrooms”.

Mrs. Julie Roy, Agriva coordinator and development officer for the Town of Hearst adds, “This year’s gardening series were very successful. We are very fortunate to host the renowned expert Mr. Roger Larivière. This last workshop on wild mushrooms identification has been a specific request since the start of the series of conferences on the many aspects of local production”.
Moreover, the public health dietitian, Mrs. Joëlle Zorzetto, concludes by adding “The Porcupine Health Unit is interested in all aspects of food security. Safely harvesting the forgotten edible treasures of the boreal forest is such an element in the broad picture of being able to rely on some local production”.

Roger Larivière lives in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. After teaching biology, he started his own enterprise, Natur-AT, which focuses in organizing workshop on the many plants, wild mushrooms and the botanical inventory and the diagnosis of lakes of the boreal forest.

Hearst Economic Development is the mandatory body of local economic development for the Town of Hearst. Its mission is to facilitate the growth of local businesses, to offer support to individual and collective entrepreneurship and too actively promote the Town of Hearst attractiveness in order to entice new businesses.

For more information or to register:
Julie Roy Development officer
Hearst Economic Development
Tel: 705 372-2839 E-mail: