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2019 Albion II Foray - January (by )

? WHEN: 25-27, January 2019
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

There is no limit to the foray size itself.  FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for both the Saturday foray and the Saturday night potluck.  You must be a FFSC member for you and your family to attend.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is located just one mile from the seashore, eight miles south of Mendocino, and 28 miles from the Jackson Demonstration Forest, and 60 miles from Salt Point in the valley of an old lumber camp on the Albion River, it has welcomed students and visitors with its rustic charm since 1947. The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is owned and operated by Pacific Union College.  The Albion foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs.   

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center features heated private cabins with private baths and a lovely dining hall with a commercial kitchen. The center serves as our foray base and we utilize the kitchen for meals and our famous Saturday night potluck. Additional information regarding the Albion Retreat and Learning Center can be found at http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/albion/home.

2018 Albion I Foray - December (by )

? WHEN: 07-09, December 2018
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

There is no limit to the foray size itself.  FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for both the Saturday foray and the Saturday night potluck. You must be a FFSC member for you and your family to attend.  This year, our guest speaker will be Noah Seigel for Saturday night.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is located just one mile from the seashore, eight miles south of Mendocino, and 28 miles from the Jackson Demonstration Forest, and 60 miles from Salt Point in the valley of an old lumber camp on the Albion River, it has welcomed students and visitors with its rustic charm since 1947. The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is owned and operated by Pacific Union College and offers an ideal base from which to foray in the nearby Jackson Demonstration Forest.  The Mendocino Coast is a bountiful haven for fungal species in any season. The Albion foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs.   Go here to get your Jackson Demostration Permit.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center features heated private cabins with private baths and a lovely dining hall with a commercial kitchen. The center serves as our foray base and we utilize the kitchen for meals and our famous Saturday night potluck. Additional information regarding the Albion Retreat and Learning Center can be found at http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/albion/home.

2018 November General Meeting: Taylor Lockwood — Taylor's Last Tour? (by )

? WHEN: 11/20/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Taylor Lockwood

NOTE: MEETING IS ON TUESDAY, RATHER THAN THE USUAL WEDNESDAY, DUE TO THANKSGIVING

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. This month's speaker will be Taylor Lockwood, internationally renowned mushroom photographer...

2018 Casa Nostra Wild Mushroom Dinner (by )

? WHEN: 11/13/2018
? WHERE: 9217 State Route 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Basket of Chanterelle mushrooms

The FFSC Culinary Committee is happy to announce a fungal feast to start off the new season. Thanks to Tatyana Rekow for organizing this delicious treat! We’re planning a family-style dinner for FFSC members at Casa Nostra in Ben Lomond. Sorry, details and registration are limited to current FFSC members! Members can purchase a guest ticket for the same price.

2018 October General Meeting: Dr. Christopher Hobbs – Mushroom Medicine: Latest News, Product Controversies, and Uses (by )

? WHEN: 10/17/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Herbalist Christopher Hobbs

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. We are pleased to welcome renowned herbalist Dr. Christopher Hobbs, a longtime speaker at our annual Fungus Fair...

2018 September General Meeting: William Laird Goss III Bio-remediation (by )

? WHEN: 09/19/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
William Goss

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, our own member William Laird Goss III.

Bio-remediation is an emerging, multi-disciplinary field, full of challenges and promise. Our exposure to industrial pollution and toxins are increasing in our everyday environment. 

Pacific Grove Museum of National History (by )

? WHEN: 09/15/2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
? WHERE: 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Pacific Grove Museum
Forage and Fermenation

We are partnering with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Join for a fun night of music, food, drinks and education!

Educators throughout the eventing chatting about local foraging and fermenting. Education partners include: California Native Plant Society of Monterey Bay, Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, Big Sur Foragers Festival, and Happy Girl Kitchen...

North to Alaska Foray 2018 (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 25-01, September 2018
? WHERE: Sterling, Alaska

Foray is now Full

Join Bill and Jerri White at their Alaska Sports Lodge for the highly popular Alaska Foray. 

Theme for the foray, courtesy of phenomenal photographer and bon vivant Hugh Smith. It is sung to the tune of North to Alaska by Johnny Horton. Check  https://youtu.be/JSt0NEESrUA for the melody, then sing Hugh's new, improved version:

Way up North............
Way up North............

North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the rush is on.
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.

Ol' Hugh left the city, in the year of twenty ten, with
Sandi, his partner and some other mushroom friends. They
found the Kenai River, and they went where they were told. Theyfound
Cort caperatus, Lec Si Num,
and Boletes, big & bold.

Where the river is windin', Bill's Boletes we're findin',
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.

Well Hugh turned to Phil with a Bolete in his hands.
Said, "Phil, you're a lookin' at a hungry hungry man.
I'd trade all these Porcini, that are found in this here land, forsome
good ol' deep-fried chic-ken, an' a chocolate dessert, man."

Where the Kenai is windin', big Boletes they're findin',
North . . to Alaska, we're goin' north, the hunt is on.
Alaska Bolete by Bradley Dunbaugh

 

Why?

Beautiful scenery, wildlife, fresh seafood and mushrooms! Edibles often found include Boletes, Gypsies, Hedgehogs, Lactarius deliciosus, and Alaska Gold, Phaeolepiota aurea. Fungal diversity can be astonishing, with some forays yielding over 200 species.

Read about our 2017 foray adventures.

2018 Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada - SFSU Field Station (by )

? WHEN: 03-08, June 2018
? WHERE: SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus - Yuba Gap
Calvatia sculpta Sierra puffball mushroom

Dennis Desjardin, Professor of Mycology at San Francisco State University, offers this fantastic class annually.  With assistance from his super-knowledgeable grad students, Dennis provides a week-long examination of the spring mycoflora of the Sierra. Students are presented both an overview and the the finer points of identification, including the use of the microscope, various reagents. This is a great introduction and a good way to up your ID skills...

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