On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the County Fair Building. Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. The highlight of each meeting is a speaker with slides on some aspect of mycology and mushrooming: ecology, taxonomy, mycophagy, sociology, etc. Before each meeting members bring collections which are put on display and identified. Refreshments are served before the meeting. Doors open and identification starts at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 8 pm. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)
Gary Lincoff wrote the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, and he has written or edited a half dozen other books about mushrooms. He also wrote Joy of Foraging, a guide to foraging wild plants. He teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, and has since the mid-70’s. He was NAMA’s second President and is NAMA’s Awards Chair. He is also Education Chair of the New York Mycological Society. He has co-led with Drs. Andrew Weil and Manny Salzman mushroom study tours to over 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica. He also co-founded, along with Drs. Weil and Salzman, the Telluride Mushroom Festival, which just celebrated its 35th anniversary.Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal plant classes regionally and internationally. In 2009, She published a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”, a book that focuses on the uses and recipes of the local wild abundance and has an upcoming book coming out this fall called "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Plants for Human Survival" published by Chelsea Green Publishing.