Radical Mycology

Peter McCoy is seeking contributions for a new book on the current state of the field of mycology. In short, the book will be a user friendly guide to the entire fungal kingdom, exploring its many ecological roles as well as the ways that humans can cultivate and interact with the various forms of fungi found around the world. The book will also highlight the various aspects of mycology that are “cutting edge,” in need of citizen scientist contribution, or are otherwise exciting for those new to the field. The book will be both entertaining as well as technical and instructional. He is looking for information, suggestions, and/or contributions in the following areas:

  • Current or future fields of research on mychorriza that are exciting, pressing, or considered a “big unknown.”
  • Common, interesting, popular, edible, medicinal, or utilitarian fungi found in your part of the world. Names, photographs, and information on the best practices for harvesting, identifying, and using them as well as when and where to find them.
  • Information on local traditional uses of fungi and lichens in your part of the world (ethnomycology)

He is also looking to interview people that have knowledge in these areas. Contact Peter at radmycology@gmail.com to lend a hand.

CMS Meeting: “Mushrooms of the Oregon Dunes”: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Anna Moore  “Mushrooms of the Oregon Dunes”  Speaker for February 2014

Anna Moore
“Mushrooms of the Oregon Dunes” Speaker for February 2014

At the CMS February meeting, Anna Moore will present her informative talk Mushrooms of the Oregon Dunes. Anna has a science background and a love of the natural world. She retired from UC Berkeley in 2005 where she worked in Environmental Compliance, and now spends much of her time on the Oregon coast hiking and foraging in the unique Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. She has been interested in Read more »

CMS Meeting: “Plants that Eat Truffles for Lunch” Thursday, January 9, 2014

dan laumaDr. Dan Luoma, professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will describe the fascinating interactions between forest plants and their associated mushroom and truffle fungi. Dr. Daniel Luoma received his B.S. in Physical Geography from the University of Oregon and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Geography from Oregon State University.  Dan’s teaching includes general mycology, workshops and field courses on forest mycology, and readings in fields of mycorrhizae and small mammal mycophagy. His research covers several integrated research projects in the field of Read more »

2014 Photo Contest

by Sandy Patton

Chicken of the Woods by Sandy Patton

Cascade Mycological Society is again having a mushroom photo contest. We invite you to submit photos related to mushrooms, mushroom culture, or any other area of mushroom interest. The submitters of the best three photos will Read more »

Mushroom Cultivation Presentation: November 14th

soul2grow logoCMS’ invited speaker(s) for November are former CMS board member Ryan Wolverton and his wife Priscilla.  Ryan is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in botany. They have a mushroom business called Soul2grow.com.

Soul 2 Grow is a collaborative effort between a Botanist/Mycologist and a Soil Scientist. Their academic training has provided them with a diverse skill set that has been sharpened through ten years of hands-on experience with growing and collecting plants and mushrooms in Oregon. Soul 2 Grow offers Read more »

Introducing Wild Mushroom Pinterest Board

Wondering what to bring to the CMS Cookbook Autumn Potluck or just looking for ideas on how to cook your fall mushroom haul? Visit our new Pinterest board for inspiration.

Already have a recipe everyone adores? Submit it online for possible inclusion in our 2014 Cascade Mycological Society Cookbook or email it, along with pictures, to webmaster@cascademyco.org. We’d love to hear from you.

Call for CMS Mushroom Festival Volunteers

collecting mushroomsDid you know that the amazing mushroom display at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s (MPA) Mushroom Festival is entirely collected, identified, displayed and interpreted by CMS volunteers? (Of course, we have wonderful guest experts assist us with identification.) You can help! Here’s how…

Collect mushrooms

CMS will be organizing special forays to collect mushrooms for the show – watch the CMS website for details. You can also collect mushrooms on your own and bring your treasures to MPA’s White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Will your huge Cauliflower Mushroom, fresh young Stinkhorn, or picture-perfect Scaly Pholiota win “Best of Show?”

Help set up on Saturday

You can help place mushrooms in the display, hang posters and signs, set up educational displays, and organize the CMS booth. You don’t need to sign up to help out, just show up at the White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Help set up on Sunday

Sunday morning, 8:30 – 10:00 AM is always a scramble to clear, clean and organize before the show opens. Again, just come early and we’ll gratefully put you to work. Help share the fungal fun – booth volunteers talk to people about the CMS mission and upcoming events. You can also Read more »

Langdon Cook Presents: Friday, October 25th at the LCC Forum

Langdon CookLangdon Cook, author of “The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America” and “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager,” will be our featured speaker on the Friday before the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival. Langdon’s newest book “The Mushroom Hunter” is getting great reviews. It examines human behavior, economics, food, society, and nature all the while we are being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastronomy and mushrooms.

Langdon likes to write about the intersection of nature and food…wild foods and foraging…and the fascinating characters who inhabit that intersection. This gives him a chance to follow all kinds of threads that intrigue him: natural foods, culinary trends, wildlife, environmental politics, adventure travel, etc. You can visit his website at www.langdoncook.com. It gathers together in one place information on Read more »