Fungi Ally strives to bring mushrooms and all their benefits to the forefront of the pioneer valley. By offering fresh locally grown mushrooms we hope more people can take advantage of the medicinal and culinary wonders mushrooms offer.
We are a group of cultivators located in Amherst and Hadley dedicated to growing mushrooms and finding ways fungi can beneficially support our community. We look to collaborate with other mycophiles in the pioneer valley to develop and implement projects allying with fungi.
Willie Crosby has been studying and cultivating fungi for the past 3 years. He recently completed a month long internship with Aloha Medicinals learning how to grow high quality spawn and medicinal mushrooms. Last year in conjunction with Bill Cooley he started Fungi Ally inoculating 500 logs. Since then the team has built 2 indoor growing rooms which are supplying mushrooms to the Amherst community. Willie has led mushroom cultivation workshops throughout Massachusetts. Through study and experience Willie hopes to continue learning the diverse methods people can improve themselves and the world through allying with fungi!
Dylan Kessler got into fungi foraging in high school and hasn’t looked back since. Dylan’s main mycological passion is all things mushroom, but he also studies microfungi and plant pathology. Dylan has been an assistant teacher for graduate level plant pathology and mycology courses, and does seasonal field work on forest and farm pathogens called water molds. Dylan is excited to ride the mycelial wave with Fungi Ally, and works chiefly on indoor cultivation and mushroom education.