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Meet Neil Thenier of Wild Kingdom in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neil Thenier.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I had a deep affinity for nature. When I first learned about medicinal mushrooms I thought they were something that a person could only buy online that came from Asia. But then I began to realize these same mushrooms I was purchasing grew right in the woods of my backyard.

I began studying the ecology of mushrooms and learned that there was a sustainable way to forage them which left a positive impact on the environment. Once this method was dialed in, I began creating extracts of these mushrooms using organic grape alcohol and spring water. This method is known as the dual extraction method.

With these extracts, I was able to treat neurological lyme disease that caused me severe migraines, insomnia, and brain fog for four years. Within two weeks of their use, I was virtually symptom-free. This experience led me to create Wild Kingdom, a company that takes care of the human and the ecosystem.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting up has been pretty easy considering I had prior experience working for other startups and was responsible for helping them scale. What has been most challenging is telling the story of wild foraging, sustainable ecology, and how wild foods are more nutrient dense than cultivated ones.

What else should our readers know?
We create potent mushroom extracts made from wild foraged mushrooms in the US.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I was giving a presentation on sustainable foraging in late fall of 2020. The audience was made up of several people who owned health and wellness companies, commercial foragers, and food experts. I was nervous to give this presentation and share my ecological findings but quickly realized that everyone was extremely engaged, even the foragers. They later admitted to me that they knew very little about sustainable foraging practices and wanted to incorporate them into their commercial foraging.

Pricing:

  • Each extract is $35 and contains 50 servings

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Image Credit:
Ash Edmonds

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