2017 Albion II Field Report - "Howard's smile"

The image that makes this foray for me, is the huge smile on new member, Howard Chen's face as he shows the basket of black trumpets he found while hunting with Zack Mazi and Chef Evan off of highway 20. This is what FFSC forays are all about.   The enjoyment of finding and discovering the wonders of mushrooms.  Sorry no picture; it is one of those shoulda coulda woulda moments.

Hunting was off and on this trip...

2017 Wine & Mushroom Fest

? WHEN: 02/11/2017, 6-10 pm
? WHERE: Scott Valley Senior Center, 370 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 Senior Center. The mushrooming crowd brings appetizers, finger food and desserts, mostly containing mushrooms...

2017 Spring Members Mushroom ID Classes (by )

Sorry Classes Full

Phil Carpenter will be leading a series of Spring Mushroom Identification classes. Starting February a series of 4 classes.  Classes will be held in Santa Cruz from 7-9 pm.   Participants must be active current club members and be able to attend all 4 sessions but since the class is free, the membership dues are the only fee for nonmembers.  If your membership has lapsed, it is important to renew it! There is no charge for the class for members and it is not open to non-members.  Come with fresh mushrooms from field or lawn, forest or mountains

Albion 1 - December Field Report

Another successful foray for FFSC.   Many mushroom were found although we missed the b. edulius and butter bolete flush earlier in the season by 3 - 4 weeks.   We still had many to choose from.

The weather was beautiful and club members who attended met and greeted each other as extended family members which FFSC is.   It is so good to see all our friends and as each foray passes, the list continues to grow...

2017 Fungus Fair After-Hours Dinner (by )

? WHEN: 01/13/2017, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
? WHERE: Louden Nelson Community Center (Room #3), 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Sample appetizers and enjoy an amazing multi-course mushroom and wine feast with a group of like-minded fungiphiles.

Any inquires about openings or wait list should go directly to Rene ( http://ffsc.us/e?q=DAFPZQdMOUAiSUFYJ2MXWyNhV3QRcRU6ImVgNVNBYw-3D-3D_596 )

2017 Albion II Foray - January

? WHEN: 27-29, January 2017
? 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. We have opened this to the public for this one event.  Usually, 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.

2017 January General Meeting: Langdon Cook (by )

? WHEN: 01/18/2017, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Langdon Cook


Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Doors open at 7, with refreshments and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30. A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Langdon Cook, our featured speaker at our Annual Fungus Fair.

UCSC Fungal Herbarium Sequencing Project (by Henry Young)

"To expand through education, the understanding and appreciation of mycology and to assist the general public, related institutions or societies to further this goal as stated articles of incorporation."  

2013 FFSC voted to allocate $15,000 to fund this project for DNA sequencing.   And with the help of other contributors have reduced the FFSC amount.  All FFSC funds and others for this project have been paid directly to the analytic lab that did the sequencing.