Where We Started

Plantae + Fungi is a story of our passion and our community. It’s respectful of and inspired by the power of plants and mushrooms to enhance our daily life and give us purpose. More importantly, we believe it has a soul — all of our products are locally-sourced starting from Cambria, California and then moving out from there and are made by human hands from small businesses.

Wildflowers in the dark
mushrooms growing on a mossy log in forest

Plantae

Plants are living organisms belonging to the kingdom Plantae. They include familiar organisms such as trees, herbs, bushes, grasses, vines, ferns, mosses, and green algae. Botanists have identified about 391,000 species of plants, defined as seed plants, bryophytes, ferns and fern allies. About 2,000 new plant species are discovered or described every year, but so far, only about 31,000 of the total species have at least one documented use. These include uses for food, medicine, recreation, genes, poisons, animal feed, and building material.

Fungi uses graph

Fungi

Fungi can be single celled or very complex multicellular organisms. They are found in just about any habitat but most live on the land, mainly in soil or on plant material rather than in sea or fresh water.

The three major groups of fungi are:

  • Multicellular filamentous moulds. Moulds are made up of very fine threads (hyphae). Hyphae grow at the tip and divide repeatedly along their length creating long and branching chains. The hyphae keep growing and intertwining until they form a network of threads called a mycelium. Digestive enzymes are secreted from the hyphal tip. These enzymes break down the organic matter found in the soil into smaller molecules which are used by the fungus as food.
  • Macroscopic filamentous fungi that form large fruiting bodies. Sometimes the group is referred to as ‘mushrooms’, but the mushroom is just the part of the fungus we see above ground which is also known as the fruiting body.
  • Single celled microscopic yeasts. Yeasts such as Saccharomyces play an important role in the production of bread and in brewing. Yeasts are also one of the most widely used model organisms for genetic studies, for example in cancer research.

Our People & Passion

We’re herbalists, yoga instructors, and photographers. We’re artists, craftspeople, dog-lovers, and parents. Our tight-knit team has a passion for organic, sustainable, and locally-sourced products. Our goal is to share the magnificent power of plants & fungi and the health benefits they can provide, with our local community of Cambria.

Meet Us in Person

In the Heart of Cambria

Miho Watanabe owner of Plantae + Fungi
Cambria at sunset by the beach

Woman Owned & Led

We are a small, woman-owned business where sustainability and local goods are a given. Our team is built around a committed approach to bettering our planet and our well-being.  Our passions are deep-rooted in the belief of the natural harmony between plants, fungi and people.

We want our locally-sourced products to help you take care of yourself on a daily basis, while knowing they were hand crafted with pride and respect for the environment.  We offer artisan-created wellness goods that are empowering and uplifting while being sustainable, fairly traded, and ethically-sourced. That’s always our promise to you.

Locally-Sourced

Located on the Central Coast of California, Cambria is a truly one-of-a-kind community. A sleepy seaside town that’s full of history and enchantment, it’s known for its uniquely rugged scenery that combines forest and sea, and there’s no shortage of things to do here — especially if you appreciate nature and the arts.

Many creators call Cambria home, and beauty can be found everywhere you look. We’re honored to partner with local makers, creators and artists whose works can be found all over our store. For those products not sourced from Cambria, we then source from San Luis Obispo, then California, then the rest of the country.

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