Mycelial Connection Amidst Uncertainty

Dearest Mycophiles,

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak we are canceling our April meeting and will not be hosting any additional events until everything settles.

Now, more than ever, we need each other in (virtual) community. To fend off feelings of loneliness and isolation we encourage you to stay connected with us and other mycophiles through a variety of online resources as well as through physically distanced Citizen Science (Hello rain!).

Here are some resources to keep you connected:

We look forward to seeing you all in person soon as we have many ideas, projects, and classes to share.

Until then stay healthy and Mush Love,

San Diego Mycological Society Board

*** As always – Please do not eat any mushroom without proper identification. San Diego has more toxic mushrooms than edible ones!***

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Pop-Up Foray this Saturday 2/29

 

Please join us for another SDMYCO POP-UP FORAY! 

We’re excited to get out into the wild again. Although the lack of rains this season may not produce an abundance of mushrooms, hopefully some will be up, as the atmosphere has remained moist. Last year’s foray at this site was quite rewarding!

All member attendees must register HERE to participate.

Saturday, February 29th

11am-3pm

Buena Vista Park Loop Trailhead

1601 Shadowridge Dr, Vista, CA 92081

*Enter through Antigua and Shadowridge Rd. and go towards the end of the parking lot. Meet at the  picnic tables

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March SDMYCO Meeting Monday, 3/2: The Mushrooms + Culture of Greece


Hello Mycophiles! Our next club meeting is less than one week away on Monday, March 2nd.
We’ll be joined by Olga Tzogas the creator of Smugtown Mushrooms based in Rochester, New York. Olga will share her experiences as a mycologist traveling back to her ancestral home of Greece. We will explore the relationships the locals have with certain species of mushrooms, plants, and their recipes for use. Together we will experience the different bio-regions and the life that grows there during the fall months to see the similarities of fungal life that are shared on both continents

As a reminder we meet the first Monday of each Month, October – May. Download our public event calendar to stay up to date on all the happenings.

March 2nd Meeting Details
5pm: Meet the speaker dinner (Open to the public) @ Kairoa Brewing Company, 4601 Park Blvd
6:30 – 8pm: Meeting @ Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado, Room 101

Agenda
6:30: Welcome / House Keeping
7:00: The Mushrooms + Culture of Greece presented by Olga Tzogas

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Volunteers Needed!

 

SDMYCO Volunteers Needed! Are you able to help us at the Fungus Fair this weekend? We have many needs!

Please email volunteer@sdmyco.org with your interest. 

Volunteer positions available:

  • Saturday Set Up 5-10pm (Dinner provided)
  • Sunday Set Up 8-10am 
  • Greeter
  • Membership
  • Children’s Table`
  • Book Store Table
  • Mushroom ID
  • Game Table
  • NAMP CItizen Science
  • State Mushroom Voting Table 
  • Floater
  • Break down 3:30 – 6pm

We also have needs at future events (free entry for volunteers):

  • March 1 : POC Fungus Fair
  • March 28 : SD Citizen Sci Expo
  • April 4 : Rancho Bernardo Earth Fair
  • May 3 : Fermentation Festival 
  • Jun 6, 7, 13, 14 : Del Mar Fair

We have more ideas that will require help to pull off  (movie nights, community mushroom garden etc) so please let us know anyway that you can help by emailing volunteer@sdmyco.org. 

Thank you and look forward to seeing you out there!

 

 

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SDMYCO Member Foray for Fungus Fair – 2/15

 

Join SDMYCO for our annual Fungus Fair Foray! We’re excited to get out into the wild and collect fresh specimens to display at the Fungus Fair, which is being held the following day (2/16), at Balboa Park.

SDMYCO Member Foray

Saturday, 2/15

9:30am – 1pm  

Lighthouse Farm, Santa Ysabel Mountain

24251 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

If you get to the lake or San Luis Rey campground you have gone too far.

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SDMYCO 2020 Fungus Fair, 2/16

San Diego has seen enough rain this year to leave us wondering about all of these interesting mushrooms are popping-up in our lawns, off pathways and in local parks. 

For anyone curious about these fascinating fungi, you can learn all about them soon! 

The San Diego Mycological Society presents

The 22nd Annual San Diego Fungus Fair 

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

10:30am – 3:30pm

Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado, Room 101

1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Admission free for all ages

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February SDMYCO Meeting Monday, 2/3: Mushroom + Lichen Dyes for Natural Color

Hello Myco-Friends! Our next club meeting is one week away on Monday, January 6th. We’ll be learning about the wondrous world of Mushroom + Lichen Dyes for Natural Color. We’ll dive into the history, how to identify dye species and the process for extracting a rainbow of color.  Check out this video for a sneak peak.

As a reminder we meet the first Monday of each Month, October – May. Download our public event calendar to stay up to date on all the happenings.

February 3rd Meeting Details
5pm: Meet the speaker! Dinner @ Kairoa Brewing Company, 4601 Park Blvd
6:30 – 8pm: Meeting @ Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado, Room 101

Agenda
6:30: Welcome / House Keeping
7:00: The Art + Science of Mushroom + Lichen Dyeing presented by Sarah Minarik

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SDMYCO Mushroom Cultivation Workshop, Saturday 2/1/2020

Join SDMYCO and mushroom farmer Sam Andrasko with assistance from Eric Muller and Austin Watkins for a hands-on mushroom cultivation workshop.

The class will include instruction on home culturing and growing techniques to get you started cultivating your own mushrooms at home. You will learn basic knowledge on how mushrooms grow and digest substrates and what they require in their environment to stay healthy and fruit well. January through April is a perfect and forgiving time to learn how to cultivate mushrooms in San Diego and can be a fun and satisfying activity to with family and friends.

SDMYCO Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Saturday, 2/1

10:30 am – 3pm

The Yoga Nest

7220 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92115

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SDMYCO Member Mushroom Dinner: Tickets on Sale 1/20 @ Noon!

 

Feast on Fungus. Munch on Mushies. Join us for this members only, special event prepared by SDMYCO Club Chef Sarah Restivo of Rancho Valencia to be held at Longship Brewery. Tickets go on sale this Monday, 1/20 @ Noon. Tickets will sell out fast so mark your calendar!

 

SDMYCO Member Mushroom Dinner

Monday 1/27/20

6:30-8:30

Longship Brewery

10320 Camino Santa Fe, Suite C

San Diego, CA 92121

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SDMYCO Mushroom Identification Workshop, Sunday 1/19/20

Join SDMYCO and guest teacher Dennis Shardmahd for a hands-on mushroom identification workshop and walk through Los Penasquitos Canyon.

 

SDMYCO Mushroom Identification Workshop

Sunday, 1/19/20

10am – 2pm

Los Penasquitos Canyon Ranch House

Canyonside Park Driveway, San Diego, CA 92129

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