Listen to Dwight's interview here.
Dwight worked as an arboriculturalist— or tree doctor—from 1971 until 1996 when he fell 52 feet from a tree and seriously injured his left arm. He knew then that his career as an arborist was over. This “life-altering” incident certainly provided a “moment of revelation,” recalls Dwight, and got him thinking about another career.
In 2000 he decided to go into business and he founded Mountain Harvest Wild Botanical Products. Dwight travelled extensively as a mushroom harvester and buying agent for large specialty food distributors. In addition to buying and selling mushrooms, Dwight harvested other wild floral botanicals such as boxwood and salal for the floral industry and even created wreaths and garlands for nurseries during the Christmas season.
In 2007, Dwight opened Fiddlehead Heaven Forest Products at www.fiddleheadheaven.com, which is now in its sixth year of operation, in New Brunswick, Canada. Here, visitors can purchase fiddleheads and a variety of wild mushrooms. They can also sign up for Dwight’s Mushroom Hunting School, the first and only of it's kind in North America. His work allows him to do what he loves best— spending plenty of time outdoors.
Dwight and Fiddlehead Heaven will be featured on CBC's Land and Sea series due to air this October.
Visit Dwight’s website here.