Mycopigments: Exploring Mushroom Dyes of the Redwood Coast with Alissa Allen

? WHEN: 03/21/2015, 11 am - 3 pm
? WHERE: 370 Kings Village Rd Scotts Valley, CA 95066
A rainbow of mushroom-dyed yarn

3/21 Class full!

Good news — a second workshop has been added for Sunday, March 22. Use the registration links below to sign up.

Many wild mushrooms and lichens contain permanent, intensely colored dyes. In this workshop, you will explore a multitude of dye mushrooms found right here on the Redwood Coast. 

Wild foraged fungi and ethically harvested lichens will define our palette. Using 10 species of urban and woodland fungi, along with eco-friendly mordants, we will create a full spectrum of incredibly rich colors - about 20 in all! Learn about foraging, ethical practices, basic identification concepts, and get hands on experience extracting mushroom and lichen dyes for wool and silk. 

Land Navigation/Compass Skills Walkabout (by )

? WHEN: 04/12/2015, 11 am - 2 pm
? WHERE: To be announced:
topographic map

Sorry... Class if Full.  Maybe next time?

This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills before chasing down those spring coccora, morels or king boletes!  We will be using what was learned in the Basic Survival Skills Workshop.  It can also be a way to brush up on compass skill that haven't been used in a while. 

Registration will be limited to FFSC members initially...

Dennis Desjardin: A New Field Guide to California Mushrooms

? WHEN: 02/18/2015, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
Dennis Desjardin

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. A surprise for this month:  we'll start with an informal potluck on the picnic tables outside the Scout House at 6.  Feel free to bring a dish to share. If your dish contains mushrooms, thanks for keeping to the Suggested Species ListDoors open at 7, with refreshments and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30. A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Dr. Dennis Desjardin, Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University.

Salt-preserving mushrooms from Galina Plizga (by )

We are fortunate to have the following instructions for salt-preserving mushrooms come from Galina Plizga, a talented and experienced mushroom preserver. She has generously shared her bounty over the years at Albion, and now we can make our own. Thank you, Galina!

Doesn’t require freezer space
Mushrooms are pre-seasoned and ready to use as an appetizer or in recipes

2014-2015 FFSC Local Forays (by )

Lactarius rubidus photograph by Christian Schwarz The list of FFSC local forays and their dates are now available.  

It will be necessary to sign up for these events and there will be a cap on the number of participants.  To avoid swamping the foray leader, these local forays will not be available to the general public.  If this leaves you out, join the club for a modest fee and come along on the forays and for many other educational opportunities.