Events


47th ANNUAL FUNGUS FAIR - MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN FRANCISCO
SUNDAY, December 4, 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
10:30 am - 5:00 pm A Day of FUNgi Auditorium
Activities for all ages. Make buttons, mushroom models, ink prints, collages and more, dye fabrics...
10:30 - 11:30 am Cooking Demonstration Chef: Seth Peterson Auditorium Stage
Seth Peterson, permaculture chef, was trained in the Bay Area and Latin America and enjoys from-scratch cooking and traditional culinary technique, from pig butchery to cheese-making.
11:00 am - noon Habitat, Ecology and Life Cycle of Fungi - What IS a Mushroom, Anyway? J.R. Blair Recreation Room
J.R. Blair is a lecturer in biology at San Francisco State University and the director of the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus near Yuba Pass. He obtained his Masters degree in 1999 studying under the MSSF Science Advisor, Dr. Dennis Desjardin. His thesis was Fungi Associated with Arctostaphylos in Central California. He has been a member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco since 1983. He was the president of the MSSF 2007-2009 and was the Fungus Fair chairperson for five fairs at all three of the recent venues: Oakland Museum of California, Lawrence Hall of Science and San Francisco County Fair Building. He has been teaching mushroom identification workshops for MSSF for about five years. Currently he is a lecturer of biology at SFSU and is the director of the University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus.
Noon - 1 pm Cooking Demonstration Chef: TBD Auditorium Stage
12:30 - 1:00 pm Mycopsychedelia: The Magic Mushrooms Britt Bunyard, PhD Recreation Room
Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science. This talk is for general audiences with no need for advanced mycological education. The presentation will discuss the science and lore, with lots of pretty images, of psychedelic mushrooms… their discovery, their chemistry, their legal / illegal status, and where they occur worldwide. A particular emphasis will be on the genus Psilocybe as this group is the most well-known for their psychotropic properties and most recently have gotten a great deal of attention for potential as a powerful therapeutic agent.
1:30 - 2:30 pm Cooking Demonstration Chef: David Campbell Auditorium Stage
David Campbell is a truffle and edible mushroom expert, wine aficionado, current president of Mycological Society of Marin County, past president of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, principal of Wild About Mushrooms Co., and founder of MycoVentures, a company that leads fungi-centric gourmet & wine tours in northern Italy.
1:30 - 2:30 pm The Gardener’s Guide to Mushroom Cultivation Ken Litchfield Recreation Room
Ken Litchfield began his career as a botanist, biological illustrator, and instructor as a student in the art and biology departments at Texas State University. Ken is currently a naturalist with a professional background working and teaching in science, writing, technical illustration, computer graphics, photography, lapidary, and human health and fitness. He consults, instructs, and trains at various organizations, institutions, and homesteads. For over 15 years he has been the Cultivation Chair for the Mycological Society of San Francisco, and incorporates the fermentation arts into his activities and teachings at Counter Culture Labs on Wed eves. At community college level Ken has taught Mushroom Cultivation, Beneficial Beasts in the Garden and Landscape, and Growing and Using Healthful Herbs, basic "applied biology" utilizing the Mushroom, Animal, and Plant Kingdoms and their interrelationships in the garden and landscape.
3:00 - 4:00 pm Cooking Demonstration Chef: Curt Haney Auditorium Stage
Curt will be cooking up delicious wild mushrooms on Sunday December 4th 2016 at the annual MSSF Fungus Fair. Curt was first introduced to fungi at a Mycological Society of San Francisco, (MSSF) Culinary Dinner 13 years ago and was instantly hooked on cooking mushrooms.
He has served on the MSSF Council for the past 12 years and has held several positions, including Councilor, Merchandising Chair, Vice President, and President. Curt is currently, and for the past 7 years has been, the Camp Director for the [annual] 3-day MSSF Mendocino Woodlands Foray. He has also been the director of the MSSF annual 3-day spring Morel camp/foray at Camp Mather and various other locations in the Sierras.
Curt is an avid mushroom collector and every year gathers fungi from as far away as Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.
When not traveling for his part-time business “Just Mushroom Stuff” he’s searching for new choice edible mushroom locations in San Francisco and other nearby locations. Curt is a superb urban forager, discovering many choice edibles right in San Francisco, including: Morels, Porcini, Shaggy Parasols, Hedgehogs, Oysters, Chicken of the Woods, and the Prince.
3:30 - 4:45 pm Medicinal Mushrooms--Benefits, Practical Uses, Recent Research, Controversies Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G Recreation Room
Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience. The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine world-wide. He has taught at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, University of California Santa Cruz, Bastyr University and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine, and most recently for 7 years at UC Berkeley as a GSI and lecturer. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.

Some recent and past book titles:
Grow It, Heal It (Rodale Press)
The Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of the Western U.S. (Houghton-Mifflin)
Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health (The Book Publishing Company)
Herbal Remedies for Dummies (Wiley)
Medicinal Mushrooms (Book Publishing Co.)