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2023 Albion II Foray - January (by )

? WHEN: 20-22, January 2023
? 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.

2022 Albion I Foray - December (by )

? WHEN: 02-04, December 2022
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

Members staying offsite can now purchase a ticket (non refundable to offset the cost of the group permit, cafeteria rental and speaker fees) to join us for the morning Saturday foray, our fabulous Saturday night potluck, and the listen to our guest speaker. However you must show proof of vaccination and you must be a FFSC member for you and your guests to attend.  Masks are still required in the buildings.

We have the pleasure of having Chad Hyatt, author of the Mushroom Hunter's Kitchen, who will be our guest presenter on Saturday night. https://www.themushroomhunterskitchen.com/

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.

October 2022 General Meeting - Chef Zach Mazi "Erecting the Third Culinary Kingdom: A fungi-centric review of cooking literature past, present, and future"

? WHEN: 10/19/2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Zach Mazi regards fungus

Please join us for our October 19th meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. 

The evening will start at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize, snack on Bob Wynn's fantastic spread and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting. Bring any fungi you have been lucky enough to find for identification! Business and announcements will start at 7:00 pm. After the business part of the meeting, we will be joined on zoom by Chef Zach Mazi, our speaker for the evening.

"Classically trained in the art of French cuisine, with ventures into the wide array of New American and Pacific Northwest cuisine, Chef Zachary Mazi presents an organic, foraged, local, & imaginative experience in both global cuisine & dining. Igniting others with his contagious zest for life, he creates lasting inspiration with delicious recipes and lectures.

 

September 2022 General Meeting - Vellany Pierce (by )

? WHEN: 09/21/2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House

Please join us for our September 21st meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. This will be our first general meeting of the season.

The evening will start at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize, snack on Bob Wynn's fantastic spread and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting. Bring any fungi you have been lucky enough to find for identification! Business and announcements will start at 7:00 pm. After the business part of the meeting, we will be joined by Vellany Pierce, our speaker for the evening.

 

2022 May General Meeting - Maya Elson

? WHEN: 05/18/2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Maya Elson

Please join us for our May Meeting at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History or on Zoom. This will be our final general meeting of the season.  Our next meeting will be in September.

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. The session will be opened at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting, which will start at 7:00 pm. Zoom participants will be able to chat among themselves until the start of main meeting. After the business part of the meeting, join Maya Elson, Executive Director of CoRenewal and Mycological Educator, who will speak with us about the role of fungi in ecological recovery from the CZU fire.

2022 Suds & Shrooms Picnic - Cheers! (by )

? WHEN: 05/15/2022, 11 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Scotts Valley - details in Members area of article

After a two-year hiatus, the Central Coast Zymergeeks and the Fungus Federation are again sponsoring our much-loved Suds and ‘Shrooms Potluck Picnic. Cheers! Come join us at this lovely outdoor event. 

Chef Bob Wynn is dreaming up some wonderful mushroom delicacies to celebrate spring. The fantastic cooks of FFSC will bring their best to share, too. You definitely don't want to miss this one!

 

2022 April General Meeting - Brian Perry: Illuminating Fungi - the Science of Fungal Bioluminescence

? WHEN: 04/20/2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Brian Perry

Please join us for our April 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. The session will be opened at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting, which will start at 7:00 pm. Zoom participants will be able to chat among themselves until the start of main meeting. After the business part of the meeting, join Brian Perry PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at California State University for his talk: Illuminating Fungi - the Science of Fungal Bioluminescence.

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.

 

 

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