CMS Meeting Thursday, March 12, 2015: A People’s History of Mushroom Cultivation

Adventure into the discoveries, epiphanies, and profound accidents which developed the intimate dance with fungi we call mushroom cultivation.

Ja Workshop

A span of almost 2,000 years and a brilliantly inventive past century have brought mushroom growing into a vital art of transforming wastes into nutrient rich foods, potent medicines, and consciousness expanding, therapeutic allies, with major implications on ecological resilience.

Ja will bring a variety of cultivated fungi growing at different stages and methods to accompany the presentation. The talk is free and open to the public.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management will be issuing free personal use mushroom permits before the meeting. Stop by and get yours in time for the 2015 season.

There will also be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

Bio:

Ja Schindler is a researcher and instructor of mushroom cultivation and applied mycology as the founder and director of Fungi For The People, a Eugene based organization focused on food justice and environmental activism.

From their local research lab they are cultivating a diversity of projects to support citizen science and ecological restoration as well as producing cultivation supplies and mushroom products from their culture library of over 200 mushroom species. Since 2011 more than 2,500 people have attended their hands-on courses, both nationally and internationally.

Ja is currently authoring a book on mushroom cultivation due out December 2015 through Voyageur Press. To learn more about the work of Ja and Fungi For the People visit www.FungiForThePeople.org

Get Your Mushroom Permit

At our March 2015 meeting, Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management will be issuing free personal use mushroom permits. Stop by and get yours in time for the 2015 season.

When: Thu, March 12, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Lane Community College, Science Building, Room 115Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management

You should always check with all the federal agencies on whose lands you may pick before the beginning of each mushroom season to find out what the latest regulations are. The intent of these regulations is to ensure continued availability and sustainability of our country’s forest resources. More info…

Costa Rica Mushroom Foray, May 31st -Jun 04, 2015

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Reservations are now being accepted for a Costa Rican Mushroom Foray to be lead by mycologist-author Lawrence Millman, who has documented fungi in places as diverse as Belize, Spitzbergen, Western Samoa, the Canadian Arctic, Honduras, Nantucket, and Costa Rica.

He is the author of Fascinating Fungi of New England, the only guidebook to New England fungi, as well as a book of mycological travel essays entitled Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer: Rambles in Kingdom Fungi. He lives in Cambridge, MA, USA. For more details, contact Sandy Schmidt in the US at 877-907-5360 or email schmidt@holbrooktravel.com.

Valentine’s Day Foray

Join Cheshire Mayrsohn for a mushroom collection foray at a relatively low elevation in the Cascade foothills, within 45 miles of Eugene. We will meet at 10 a.m. and plan to be back by mid-afternoon.

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We’re hoping for hedgehogs, winter chanterelles and black trumpets, and good weather. Terrain will be moderate, no steep climbs required to get to mushrooms but the trail is narrow in spots. Projected range is under 2 miles. Mushroom permits required. The permit you got last fall is now expired. Please get your 2015 mushroom permit from the Forest Service at 3106 Pierce Parkway in Springfield 8-4:30 Monday thru Friday or any other Forest Service office.

Detailed meet up information and location details will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form. This foray is limited to the first 18 people to sign up. Members only, no guests, no dogs.

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No more registrations will be accepted at this time. You may sign up to wait list by sending a message to membership@cascademyco.org and we will notify you of any open spaces.

Foray Coordinator Wanted

collecting mushroomsThe Cascade Mycological Society is seeking a Foray Coordinator for the 2015 mushroom season.

The Foray Coordinator is the person who coordinates the details for each CMS foray including selecting the date/time/location, recruiting co-leaders, handing foray registrations, and conducting follow up.

Selects Location, Date and Time for the Foray

Together with the CMS Board and/or experienced CMS members, the Foray Coordinator selects a fruitful location and date/time for mushroom education and collection and arranges all necessary access permission to public or private lands in advance of the trip.

Because of the changing Oregon weather, it is may be best to schedule the date/time and meeting location and then select the location of the actual foray a day before the meeting to ensure the best spot. If possible, s/he plans alternate sites in case weather conditions (snow, freezing temperatures, drought, etc.) make the planned trip unsafe or unproductive for mushrooming.

hikerRecruits Co-Leader(s)

Depending on the nature of the foray, the Foray Coordinator recruits leaders to assist at the foray. It is recommended to have one leader for each 15 participants. In the case of a culinary foray, a helper is may also needed to assist the camp stove cook.

Handling Foray Registrations

The Foray Coordinator works with the webmaster to have online registration forms made available for every foray and is the primary contact for all foray registrants, answering questions and sending out reminders.

Follow Up

The Foray Coordinator solicits feedback from participants after the foray and collects pictures for our photo album.

Apply