About Us

Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushrooms is the leading brand of Salmonberry Media Group, a multimedia & education company based in the town of Gibsons on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, traditional territory of the Sḵwxxwú7mesh people. Founded by Jody “Shaggy Jack” Franklin and Andrea Coates in 2018, Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushrooms educates people about mushrooms and provides mushroom products for the local and regional marketplace.

Jody and Andrea of Shaggy Jack's

Locations

Our main office and classroom space is located at 203-1058 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC. Visit our retail store at Gibsons Public Market at 473 Gower Point Road in Gibsons, open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 5:00, to purchase fresh mushrooms, culinary mushroom products, mushroom health supplements, mushroom books, foraging and growing supplies, plus other wild, local & artisan food & goods.


Products

Shaggy Jack's wild-foraged mushrooms and products have been available at farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants on the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland since 2018.

In 2022, Shaggy Jack's store opened in Gibsons, selling foraged and cultivated culinary and functional mushroom products, grow kits, foraging supplies, mushroom books and art, as well as select local and artisan specialty foods and goods.

 

Education

Shaggy Jack regularly hosts mushroom educational workshops, including popular beginners classes, wild mushroom foraging forest adventures and culinary eco-tours. The first ever Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushroom Foraging For Beginners class took place in Gibsons in October 2018. Since that time, hundreds of people have learned how to safely forage, cook and use mushrooms after attending these popular classes.

In 2022, the range of classes has grown to include educational sessions about medicinal mushrooms, sustainable fishing, cooking, food security and more. The Shaggy Jack team has taken an integral role in organizing the annual MushrooMania Festival.

 

Media

In 2021 Salmonberry Media Group, the parent company of Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushrooms, began publishing Sunshine Coast Palate, a print magazine about the local food experience on the Sunshine Coast.

In 2022, Shaggy Jack will be publishing the book Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushroom Foraging For Beginners based on his popular class of the same name, and will be hosting the podcast/video series Shaggy Jack's Wild World Of Mushrooms.

Team

Jody "Shaggy Jack" Franklin
Co-Owner, Mushroom Educator, Media Producer, Marketing & Business Strategist

Jody has an extensive and varied background in the arts, entertainment and media as a multidisciplinary artist, working as a performance artist, musician, filmmaker and visual artist; as a media producer working in video, radio and digital media; a publisher, editor, writer and public relations communicator, and as a special events organizer. He trained in the National Film Board director apprenticeship program, worked as a digital video and radio segment producer at CBC Radio 3, worked as a publicist, website editor and event manager for the Burning Man festival, published and edited four magazines, and directed numerous short fiction, documentary and art films.

In 2012 he and life partner Andrea Coates moved to Gibsons to start a family. Living in the forest for the first time in his adult life, Jody was free to indulge his passion for mushrooms, eventually becoming a commercial forager. Since 2018, he has been known to the public as Shaggy Jack, a popular local mushroom expert, and has applied his creative skills to educating people about mushrooms in a highly accessible and friendly manner.

 

Andrea Coates
Co-Owner, Operations Manager, Events Coordinator, Administration

Andrea is a writer with a background in publishing, working for the Aberdeen Publishing Group and their Sunshine Coast publications The Local Weekly, Sunshine Coast Business and Home & Decor as an Operations Manager and Advertising Representative. After completing a Work BC Self-Employment program, Andrea became a local cultural entrepreneur in partnership with her husband Jody under the Salmonberry Media Group (SMG) banner, initiating and managing the Orca's Pod community arts hub and Sunshine Coast Palate magazine projects for SMG. In 2022, she strategized, organized, marketed and managed the opening of two Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushrooms retail locations in Gibsons.


Emerencz Merkle
Operations Assistant, Media & Marketing

 

Workshop Leaders

Benjamin Berwick
Chef & Forager

Ben is a chef at Dachi Restaurant + Natural Wine Bar in Vancouver. He has extensive international experience as a chef, is an avid wild foods forager and has been hosting Forage To Feast foraging excursions & outdoor cookouts with Shaggy Jack since 2019. 

Laura Douglas

Medical Herbalist

Laura is a medical herbalist practitioner in Sechelt, BC who gradated from Pacific Rim college in 2014 with a diploma of Phytotherapy. Their practice of herbalism is primarily seeing 1:1 clients; with a focus on treating mental health, digestion and gender inclusive period care. Laura believes that knowledge is power and spends a lot of time teaching classes, workshops and sharing hands on herbal knowledge. It is their goal to empower and educate people with herbal medicine skills and body awareness so they can achieve a greater stat of vitality and health.

They are a co-founder of House Of Origins Apothecary, a small batch handcrafted herbal medicine company specializing in tinctures, body care and ritual herbal preparations. Their love of herbalism and nature has brought them all over the pacific northwest, gathering knowledge and using herbalism as a form of activism. When they aren't nerding out about herbs, Laura is studying hermetics, creating performance art or camping and traveling.


Tricia Whetstone
Seafood Educator

Trish is a food literacy educator, writer and fishmonger on a mission to uncomplicate the seafood experience. She translates the complexities of the seafood industry into real talk for fish-curious folk through engaging, hands-on workshops, events and experiences. Visit Trish Talks Fish for more info.