Ensō Farm & Forage
discover nature's genius
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ensō farm and forage

Ensō's mission is to celebrate & protect nature's inherent genius as exhibited through fungi, with education, low-impact foraging practices, & cultivation.

Michael Burke Heim founded Ensō to unite his passions for foraging, land stewardship, farming, & sharing the joy that all those things bring with his community. “Wild food is pure, honest. I want to honor that purity. Ultimately leaving behind a legacy of good habits & a protected environment, cultivating ethical standards that become industry standards.”

Michael is a long-time member of the Colorado Mycological Society and serves as the editor of Spores Afield, their monthly newsletter. He has led forays with the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies, Boulder High Country Mushrooms, the Boulder Living Arts School. He has presented for the annual Bioneers conference at CU Boulder. Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura at Aloha Medicinals in Carson City, NV. 

What if I was able to raise enough money (KICKSTARTER) to hire an attorney who could get all the legal details (LICENSING/PERMITTING/ETC) worked out so that I could forage for mushrooms/plants to sell under Enso and make sure i had a green light and path to travel and figure it all out. Also, getting myself a new vehicle for traveling/foraging? Truck with camper? Vanagon? 

The biggest risk. Forgo the guaranteed paycheck and health insurance in order to pursue a dream of foraging wild food and growing mushrooms? Holy shit. I am in debt. I owe school loans totaling close to 30 k and another 11 k to my best friend Justin for some consolidation of old debt. Some additional misc loans here and there totaling around 6 k (plus or minus 500). I don’t have a reliable vehicle nor do I have anyone to take care of my cats when I am gone. I don’t know the laws around foraging/selling wild foods in the different states. I am not even exactly sure what my plan would look like. I just know that what brings me the greatest joy in life is hiking in the woods looking for treasure. Honest, pure, food. To put on the tables at restaurants all over the world. The greatest gift to myself would be to be able to travel the world foraging for wild foods, telling my stories, and discovering myself in the process. Teaching would definitely be component as well as cultivation. Just not sure how it all fits together. I AM MY BIGGEST OBSTACLE. TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Go into more debt? Fail? Or miss out on the chance of a lifetime by not exploring the possibility that I could actually make a living doing what I love to do? If there's a demand already, shouldn't I be the one to set the standard. A rating? 

Opportunities: foraging for wild food, growing mushrooms, taking groups on educational trips, outfitting for corporate events i.e. Google Fjalraven kitchen, Little Nell, etc.

I want to travel, hunt food, take pictures, sell the food, blog about my experience, and build an awesome brand. I want to be revered in the culinary world as an expert and a custodian in the field of wild foods. 

Michael B. Heim | boletus

Michael B. Heim | boletus

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