CIIS Presents: A night of Mushroom Lore (by Patty Pforte)

? WHEN: 10/09/2019, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: California Institute of Integral Studies

My name is Patricia Pforte and I manage Marketing for the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Public Programs and Workshops, which they host 120 of each year. We have a really exciting one on October 9th called A Night of Mushroom Lore with Mycologist Lawrence Millman and Director of CoRenewal and Amazon Mycorenewal Project Maya Elson. We would love to spread the word about this fun event...

2019 Fall Mushroom Dinner

? WHEN: 10/05/2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
? WHERE: 360 Kings Village Road Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Autumn beckons and we await the first fungal fruitings! In the meantime, the FFSC Culinary Committee welcomes you to celebrate the season with our annual Fall Mushroom Dinner.  Chef Bob Wynn and the Culinary Committee are cooking up a scrumptious menu for the evening. Menu is evolving, and will feature hors d’oeuvres served with an autumnal aperitif, followed by Vegetarian Porcini Pasta Bolognese (regular and gluten-free), Craterellus Green Beans, Foccacia and Panna Cotta for dessert. Mmmmmm...


  • FFSC member admission $21 advance, $25 at door
  • Guest admission $30 advance, $35 at door
  • Advance sales will close Wednesday, 10/02/2019

My Adventures in Telluride, Colorado (by )

I don't know why, but I had this strange desire to attend the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado.  I wanted to do this so much it made it my bucket list.   I loved the idea of the Festival parade which seemed like a small town parade where folks dressed up as mushrooms.

Hearing about the great mushrooms in Colorado did not hurt either.  This year, I finally managed to get this Festival on my schedule and I was not disappointed.

2019 September General Meeting: Dr. Kabir Peay - Mt. Vision Fire in Point Reyes of 1997 (by )

? WHEN: 09/18/2019, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Kabir Peay

At last, the FFSC Mushroom season begins again. Join us for our first meeting of 2019/2020 season.

  • You will hear reports about forays and findings in recent weeks 
  • What to expect in weeks and months to come; 
  • Upcoming local and long distance forays
  • And more!

Our speaker for September is Dr. Kabir Peay from Stanford University. Kabir did his doctoral studies At UC Berkeley and now heads a highly regarded mycological research program at Stanford.

2019 May General Meeting: Juniper Harrower (by )

? WHEN: 05/15/2019, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House

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, Juniper Harrower, our scholarship recipent for her studies on the complexities of species under climate change as both ecologist and an artist.  Doors open at 6PM.

Topic: Symbiosis under climate change: Investigating Joshua trees and their mycorrhizal fungi


2019 Elections - May 15, 2019 (by )

Tired of politics? Here is your opportunity to engage in fairly non-controversial and rewarding issues on a very local  level, without a grueling, eye-rolling 2 year campaign period!

The Fungus Federation is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We have all the trappings, including a set of bylaws and a Board of Directors, known as Ministers in Fungusfedspeak. Elections are held every two years at the last meeting of the season. This year's elections will be held at the Membership meeting on May 15th at the Harvey West Scout House.

Below you'll find a list of the Board Members up for election. Please note that only the Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister positions require having served previously as a board member. The other positions can be held by any FFSC member. This is a super opportunity to get involved in the operation of the Fungus Federation, direct and shape the club's activities, and get to know a great group of people. 

2019 March General Meeting: Else Vellinga (by )

? WHEN: 03/20/2019, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Else Vellinga

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, Else Vellinga.  Doors open at 6PM

Mycology in California started with the discovery of a few species during a break in the voyage of the North Pacific expedition. The discovery of new species has every been ongoing since that time. The main players during the more than 150 years of history will be put in the spotlight, and future directions of research in the state will be laid out.

2019 Wine & Mushroom Fest (by )

? WHEN: 04/13/2019, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Scott Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Our matchless co-op event with several Santa Cruz Mountain appellation wineries will again take place at the Scotts Valley Community Center. Big thanks to Culinary Minister Bob Wynn and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard/Quinta Cruz for making the arrangements. The mushrooming crowd brings appetizers, finger food and desserts, mostly containing mushrooms...

Mushroom Event at Quail Hollow Ranch (by )

? WHEN: 04/20/2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
? WHERE: Quail Hollow Ranch, Quail Hollow Ranch
row of mushrooms

Join enthusiasts from the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation for a trio of activities!

First, a docent-led walk will focus on local habitats where mushrooms are found and the roles fungi play in the ecosystem, as well as mushroom identification plus documenting observations with the iNaturalist application.

Next, enjoy a hands-on demonstration of economical techniques for growing your own mushrooms using readily available materials...