Tom has been an avid mushroom hunter for over 15 years, beginning in the Santa Cruz area. For the past eight winters, he has gained an intimate knowledge of the edible mushrooms occurring at Emerald Earth, a 190 acre intentional community on a ridge overlooking the Anderson Valley. Tom provides mushrooms for group meals and has sold over ten varieties at the Boonville Winter Market. In addition to presentations at all previous NSSLFs and many wine and mushroom pairing events, Tom leads mushroom foraging workshops on his home turf at Emerald Earth. In addition, Tom leads games to begin work party sessions at Emerald Earth Sanctuary, Boonville where there is a tradition of game playing to build group spirit; and is known to pop out a game in other social situations.