On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the Randall Museum. 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.)
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. The following year, she founded the non-profit Turtle Lake Refuge, 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 the book, Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep, which examines the culinary and medicinal uses of local flora. She has a new book coming out this fall –– The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Plants for Human Survival –– published by Chelsea Green Publishing.