CMS Meetings 2023-2024


February 2024 – The Roll of Soil Biology in Healthy Ecosystems by Brian Vagg

Discover the beneficial microorganisms residing in soil and their pivotal roles within healthy ecosystems. Our discussion will encompass the soil food web, elucidating the intricate relationships among plants, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and other soil-dwelling organisms. Exploring the biological mechanisms within soil, we’ll delve into nutrient cycling, pest and disease suppression, and enhancements to plant growth and vigor. Additionally, we’ll cover methodologies for assessing microbial populations in soil and the requisite tools for ecosystem restoration. Concluding the presentation, a live demonstration employing a microscope will unveil the vibrant life thriving within soil.

January 2024 – Wait, don’t eat the truffle! – Heather Dawson and Rye

Truffle dogs are gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest because they can easily be trained to find the native Oregon white and black truffles. What happens when a dog finds more than just culinary truffles? Rye the truffle “diversity dog” will find any truffle with an aroma, good or bad. While truffle dogs are well established as the best method to harvest top quality culinary truffles, their high-powered scenting abilities are rarely employed for exploring the diversity of the hundreds of truffle species that don’t have a place in the kitchen. Rye is proving that dogs can find them all. Learn about truffle dog training and take a tour of the amazing truffle diversity to be found in the Pacific Northwest. There will be a short demonstration with Rye at the end of the presentation.

Click here to view Rye’s demonstration.


December 2023 – Discovering Psilocybe azurescens – Paxton Hoag

In the mid 1970s Paxton Hoag was living next to 115 acres of bottom land cow pasture in Astoria, Oregon and took up picking Psilocybe semilanceata. In 1975 his family went to the First International Conference on Psilocybin Mushrooms where he met many of the early principals of Psilocybin research. In the fall of 1977 Paxton ran across an unknown Psilocybe mushroom on the shores of Astoria Oregon. The story of getting a name for a mushroom is quite interesting, especially if that mushroom is Psilocybe azurescens. This is that story; plus of course a few side stories.


November 2023 – Fungal Fruits of the Forest: PNW Edible Mushrooms.- Daniel Winkler

Note: Audio is missing starting at mark 57:30, but returns at 1:05. Sorry for the technical difficulties.

Mushrooms grow in abundance in the Pacific Northwest nearly year around. Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value and a select group are some of the best food to enjoy. Daniel Winkler will present  a few of the 100 edible mushrooms that are presented in his new book. Daniel will help you get to know, identify and find many great edible mushrooms while steering you clear of dangerous look-a-likes. You’ll be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. Daniel will share lots of new insights from his new book “Fruits of the Forest – A Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Edible Mushrooms”. In addition, Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his ethno-mycological research and Mushroaming adventure travels.


October 2023 – CMS did not hold a normal CMS meeting in October 2023. We did host David Arora at the Lane Events Center the week prior to the Mushroom Festival. That event was not live streamed or recorded.


September 2023 – Fungal Permaculture: Cultivating food and regenerative systems using fungi- Charlie Bruder

This talk will cover the many benefits of cultivating fungi, from a home scale to a commercial agricultural scale. Listeners will go home with a practical understanding of how to grow edible fungi by themselves, and also how these fungi can be fit into a systems of regenerative communal design (permaculture). Listeners will also learn about how fungi are being incorporated into food systems and regenerative soil management practices.