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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

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.

CMS Meeting Thursday, February 12, 2015: Mushroom Identification with Artist Ann Goddard

Ann Goddard grew up in Oregon and has spent almost 40 years illustrating Pacific Northwest mushrooms.  Intrigued by the many fungi sprouting along roadsides in Seattle, noticed while walking her dog, Ann began to try to identify them.  It became quickly clear that it would take very detailed examination to tell one little brown mushroom from the other.

Frustrated by the limited illustrations in the field guides, she took up colored pencils.  Assisted by some early training at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she learned the challenges and joys of drawing from life objects which changed by the minute and were completely disintegrated in days, if not hours.

Hypomyces by Ann Goddard

Hypomyces by Ann Goddard

Ann is also a photographer, and has kept photographs, field notes, spore prints, and dried samples many of the mushrooms she’s illustrated.  Back in the 1970’s, she attended a number of mycological workshops and began trying to identify the mushrooms with the help of the likes of Dr. Alexander Smith, Paul Stamets, and others. It’s been the challenge of illustrating every different fungus she finds on the central Oregon coast where she’s lived for the past 30+ years that has been her seasonal obsession.  No mushroom is too small or complicated to draw (though she’s thankful she’s yet to find a cauliflower mushroom).

Many of the mushrooms she has illustrated have not been identified.  Are there some which have yet to be named?  Probably.  The Cascade Mycological Society is invited to help suggest identities as they see some of the more than 800 illustrations captured by Ann Goddard.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will 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.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Copyright by Ann Goddard

Amanita by Ann Goddard

“Mushrooms, Fungus and Forest” Science Pub

CMS founding members Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer will be the featured presenters at this month’s Science Pub at Axe & Fiddle Public House on Tuesday, January 27 from 5pm – 7pm in Cottage Grove.

The night will begin at 5pm with a happy hour with trivia & prizes followed by a Watershed Update from the the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council and Chris and Molly’s talk , ‘Mushrooms, Fungus and Forests”.

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10% of all food and beverage sales from 5-7:30p will be donated to the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization enhancing the Coast Fork Watershed through investigation, restoration, education, and stewardship.

All ages are welcome. Join science geeks and the not-so-science-savvy and help put the pub back into public meetings.

CMS Meeting Thursday, January 8, 2015: Speaker Alija Bajro Mujic

Rhizopogon_vinicolorFor the first meeting of the year, Alija Bajro Mujic will present his PhD research upon the false truffle genus Rhizopogon and its unique symbiosis with trees in genus Pseudotsuga (Douglas Fir). This talk will share the stories and the results gathered during 5 years of international and domestic field work in Pseudotsuga forests throughout the Pacific Rim. Together we will travel from Oregon to the balmy highlands of eastern Asia, the windswept chaparral of southern California, forested sky islands of the southwestern deserts, and the volcanic massifs of central Mexico. The results of this work reveal patterns of comigration and coevolution between Rhizopogon and Pseudotsuga which share a history of close association. This knowledge and its conservation implications will help to “complete the circle” of migration these genera have made around the northern Pacific Rim.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will 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.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Alija Bajro Mujic

Mr. Alija Bajro Mujic

Alija Bajro Mujic is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Alija’s interest in Fungi was first cultivated through foraging as a member of the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation while he was completing his bachelor’s degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

After undergraduate study, Alija found employment as a restoration ecologist where his interests in mycorrhizal fungi and conservation deepened and grew. These interests led Alija to pursue graduate study where he strives to develop a better understanding of mycorrhizal symbioses and their roles within forest ecology and conservation.

You can find more information about Alija and his work at http://people.oregonstate.edu/~mujica.