April 4th, Remediation in the Mycorrhizosphere
by Peter McCoy
May 2nd Springtime Edible Mushrooms
June 6th "Management of Mushroom Production in Native Forest Understories" by Professor Jim Freed
Monthly educational meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (with the exception of January, which will be held on Monday, January 9th and no meeting on July 4th for 2017). They are held in the WSU Lewis County Extension Conference Room located on the lower level of the Historic Lewis County Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis WA 98532.
Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members and non-members.
Anyone attending the meeting is encouraged to bring mushrooms for identification. Mushrooms should be freshly picked and placed in a paper bag or basket. If you are bringing mushrooms for identification or to collect a spore print, please bring them prior to the beginning of the meeting between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.
Milton Tam has worked, lived, played, and hunted mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years. His working career was in basic and applied scientific research. He graduated from the University of Washington with an advanced degree in microbiology and immunology, worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, rode the biotech revolution as a founding member of Genetic Systems Corporation, and was a program manager at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, a nonprofit organization, where he and his group developed and introduced simple diagnostic tests for use in developing countries.
After he retired he wanted to learn more about mushrooms and mycology. Along the way he developed and adapted simple mushroom cultivation methods for use as educational tools and to demonstrate the fungal life cycle. His other interests include fishing, winemaking, gardening, and golfing. He is a member and former Vice President of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and serves on its board of trustees, as the chair of the cultivation committee, and co-teaches a course in mushroom cultivation for PSMS members. He is also a member, regional trustee, and cultivation committee member of the North American Mycological Association.
In his workshop, Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners on Saturday March 18th, Milton will review how he developed the educational oyster mushroom kit, a simple and novel method that needs no special equipment or sterile technique to successfully and reliably produce a crop of choice, edible mushrooms. He will also review what you can do with your kit after it has fruited and produced its crop of mushrooms. After his presentation, he will have materials on hand so that SWMS Club Members can make a kit of their own.
If you have an active membership with the Club or are interested in joining the Club or renewing membership dues, please email email@example.com. With dues at only $24 a year, it's quite a good deal!
At our Monthly meetings, we have a large variety of mushrooms to ID! What fun we have working with each other using the identification keys & gleaning knowledge from our Club Advisers about our great finds!
Washington is FUNGTASTIC.