Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mushrooms for Health and Flavor with Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow

Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the medicinal qualities and health benefits of certain species of fungi. Western mycology is a notable discipline and Hawthorn University is pleased to welcome Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow to discuss Mushrooms for Health and Flavor. Alison and Merry's webinar recording is now available for review here:

Living in mushroom country of northern California, Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow have had the opportunity to explore the many ways fungi can contribute to the human diet. The simple act of walking in the forest in search of mushrooms has benefits to the heart and circulatory system similar to those of meditation.  The nutrients in wild (and cultivated) mushrooms such as shiitake, reishi, and cordyceps can contribute to a balanced diet and enhance the dining experience. Bringing home one’s foraged bounty to the family table has a certain joy in and of itself, and we know that health comes from a synthesis of physical mental and spiritual experiences. Join us as we explore the many ways in which the wonderful world of fungi contributes to the wellbeing of the planet, and ourselves.

When Merry Winslow met teacher’s aid Alison Gardner at Teresa Sholars’ “Mushrooms of the North Coast” identification course at College of the Redwoods, she convinced Alison that her culinary artistry deserved a cookbook, and their partnership was born. 

Alison Gardner was born in Santa Barbara, California, and moved north to the Mendocino coast with her family in 1969, at the age of 10. She learned her first mushrooms the next fall, from an “old-timer”, and has been an avid mushroom hunter and eater ever since. She has attended and teacher-aided for the local community college mushroom classes, as well as leading private mushroom tours. She started cooking meals regularly for the family at age 13, learning from her mother, a cousin and a neighbor. She took a commercial cooking class in high school, and worked in restaurants, and has done some catering. She is also a botanist and potter, and still resides on the Mendocino coast.

Alison’s book partner, Merry Winslow, also resides and forages in Mendocino and writes “When I first moved onto this land in Mendocino I found signs tacked to the trees: “No Mushroom Hunting! Violators will be prosecuted after our dogs are through with them!” I found the signs disturbing because of the hostility they projected, so I took them down. I was inspired, though, by the good foraging that the signs promised. For the first few years I lived here, I sought the wild edibles. I took many walks looking for mushrooms but never finding any I could recognize. Finally I took Teresa Sholars’ “Mushrooms of the North Coast” identification course at College of the Redwoods, and suddenly, I was SEEING mushrooms everywhere! Since then, I have found great quantities of edible mushrooms within a few miles of home. During that fateful class at C/R, I met Alison, who was the teacher’s aide. Every week she would bring delicious dishes to class, which she had made with wild mushrooms. I convinced her that her artistry deserved a cookbook. Hence this partnership was born, and she has provided us with so many excellent tasting experiences since then that writing this cookbook has been a culinary adventure of the finest sort.”

Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow

Authors: The Wild Mushroom Cookbook

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

All About Alumni presents Healing Meals: Nourishing the Community One Meal at a Time with Wendy Borden

Being diagnosed with cancer brings unique nutritional challenges. It is a time in life where there is a tremendous need for nourishment yet people often have a reduced capacity to provide healthy foods for themselves and their family. Wendy Borden, through her Revive & Thrive Project non-profit, is helping to change this.

Hawthorn University All About Alumni Graduate Webinar Series welcomes graduate Wendy Borden (MSHN 2014) for her presentation of Healing Meals: Nourishing the Community One Meal at a Time on Wednesday December 7th at 12 PM PST.


The Revive & Thrive Project is a non-profit that provides free meals to those with life-threatening illness such as cancer, simultaneously teaches teens valuable cooking and life skills, and promotes a vibrant local food system. Wendy will discuss starting a non-profit, the impact of the Revive & Thrive Project, and being an advocate for holistic nutrition.

Wendy Borden is committed to promoting health through nutrition. Wendy received her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. In 2014 she founded the Revive and Thrive Project, a nonprofit in Grand Rapids Michigan and an affiliate partner of the Ceres Community Project. Wendy and is an advocate for holistic nutrition in a large medical community and is hopeful that we can create a culture of community where wholesome foods are not controversial, complicated or confusing, but where healthy eating is valued, supported and available to all.

Wendy Borden
MSHN program graduate 2014

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cancer, Ecology, Permaculture & Healing with Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace

Cancer is not a mystery—not some foreign invader or genetic misfortune—that happens to an intrinsically healthy body. Rather, it’s a process the body purposefully engages in response to an unhealthy cellular and metabolic environment. If you missed Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace's presentation on Cancer, Ecology, Permaculture and Healing, you can now view the recording in the Hawthorn Webinar Archives:

Melding information from a wide variety of sources—ecology, permaculture, microbiology, functional nutrition, evolutionary medicine, sustainability, and systems biology Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace joins us on Hawthorn’s webinar series to offer a deeper understanding and a more effective means of helping those with cancer find the self-care strategies that foster healing.
Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most prominent experts in nutritional oncology. She is founder and executive director of Nutritional Solutions consulting group, which provides cutting-edge translational research in nutrition oncology and innovative, individually-tailored nutrition guidance to people with cancer and their families. Since 1997, the group has worked with thousands of individuals across the U.S. and abroad, offering consultations via phone, email and Skype. Dr. Wallace’s unique perspective draws upon decades of research and personal experience in functional nutrition, oncology, translational research, permaculture, ecology, systems biology, environmental medicine, sustainability and bau-biology.

She finds balance in her life herding ducks, foraging, observing natural systems, cooking from scratch, saving seeds and being utterly adored by two goofy Shiloh shepherds. The 1-acre permaculture food forest she designed and planted—site of retreat space Permaculture Solutions for Healing (PoSH)—thrives at 4,900 ft elevation in the foothills of the arid intermountain west. This edible paradise features 300+ varieties of perennial vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, edible flowers, heirloom fruits—like medlar, shipova, jujube, akebia, lingonberry—and cryptocrops (wild and semi-domesticated edibles). All grown using methods to optimize nutrient density.

Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC