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Why join the Fungus Federation?

Face it: you can learn a bit about mushrooming by coming to the Fungus Fair, sitting in on a few general meetings, and studying on your own. Or you can take it up a notch and gain a lot of knowledge by participating with a group of experienced foragers...

2022 Mycopigments Workshop: Exploring Mushroom Dyes of the Redwood Coast with Alissa Allen (by )

? WHEN: 19-20, March 2022
? WHERE: Norris Center Herbarium, UCSC Campus, Norris Center Herbarium UCSC Campus
A rainbow of mushroom-dyed yarn

Join us on March 19 and 20 for a two-day workshop exploring the intensely beautiful, full spectrum of color that can be obtained from coastal dye fungi. On day one we will take a leisurely walk through the woodlands adjacent to our dye lab, looking for fungal specimens. We'll talk about the role fungi play in forest ecology, how to spot ideal mushroom and lichen habitats and how to test for dye potential. After a picnic lunch, we will put our lessons to practice and test a couple of species to determine their dyeability and the best route to color. On day two we will work in-depth with a dozen or so local species, using developed recipes to achieve brilliant, colorfast results. At the end of this weekend-long workshop, you will have the experience and resources you need to carry on your own experiments at home.

All supplies provided: You needn’t bring any supplies to class; wool samples and silk scarves will be provided. You will receive a complimentary silk scarf to practice a demonstrated dye resist technique.

Take home: In this class you will learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, and habitats. You will also learn about the importance of ethical harvest, especially pertaining to lichen dyes. At the end of the day you will take home a detailed recipe card, showcasing a rainbow of samples dyed in class; a beautiful hand dyed scarf; a procedural handout to guide your future exploration, and a customized guide to the best local dye fungi.

 

 

2022 Fungus Fair Forays-SOLD OUT

? WHEN: 08-16, January 2022
? WHERE: Santa Cruz, CA

Sign up below to join local mycologists on a foray in the local Santa Cruz area. After the foray we will meet back at our starting point to review our finds and have culinary demonstration and mushroom tasting. The exact location of each foray will be sent to your registration e-mail before the foray. Be sure to check your spam folder if you have not received a confirmation a few days before the foray...

2022 Albion II Foray - January (by )

? WHEN: 21-23, January 2022
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

You must be staying at Albion to join us for the both Saturday foray and our fabulous 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 a state 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. All guests have access to the cafeteria, kitchen, laboratory and classroom.  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. 

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 https://www.puc.edu/about-puc/albion-field-station.

2021 November General Meeting -- Alan Rockefeller: Psychoactive Mushrooms of North America

? WHEN: 11/17/2021, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Alan Rockefeller
Please join us for our November Meeting at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History or on Zoom . If you plan to come in person, please RSVP via this Google Form. For those of you who would prefer to join us via Zoom, Please Join Here...

Local Foray near Marshall Field (by )

? WHEN: 10/30/2021, 9 am - 12 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz

Well, the rains have arrived, so let's get together to survey our local fields and forests. This will be a habitat walk, concentrating on learning about some of the local trees and the best places to look for different species as the season progresses.

To request to join this foray, please fill out this form ...

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