ANDY'S NOTE: Jon is a friend who embodies wisdom and kindness, and that says alot for someone so young! Jon's deep love of nature coupled with his constant willingness to share what he has learned make him a real gem for us Floridians. I'm not one to lean heavy on New Age philosophy, but I will say that Jon has a sweet and pure vibe, for sure! Jon also manages Jon Martin Photography (his photographs are something to behold!) and Gaia Granola. I would strongly suggest that you attend as many of his fungal-focused walks and workshops as you can. You will learn about mushrooms and most likely meet up with new like-minded friends along the way. You can catch his presentations around central and north Florida at locations including Orlando Permaculture, the Florida School of Holistic Living, and EcoRollins at Rollins College along with his walks at wild places around central Florida.
ABOUT JON: "Jon Martin aka Fungi Jon is a mushroom educator and photographer from Central Florida passionate about wild fungi. Through relatable, practical, and witty ways of instructing, he inspires others to dive into the world of mycology and explore nature intentionally. From their significant role in an ecosystem, to their beauty and potential in bioremediation & medicine, Jon is inspired by mushrooms and spends as much time as possible out in nature getting to know their many forms. As a community mycologist, he leads educational mushroom hikes, instructs mushroom classes at various locations including the Florida School of Holistic Living, and conducts periodic fungi surveys on designated properties. He records data for local parks and mycologists, photographs local species to educate others & share with the world, and makes contributions to mycology research at the University of Florida. He is also a foray leader and trusted identifier with the Florida Academic Lichen & Fungi Enthusiasts League based out of the University of Florida."