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31st Annual 
FALL FORAY

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Since the early days of the Mushroom Society of Utah, members have gathered at the peak of our fall season for the weekend-long campout event that we call the Fall Foray. 

The event consists of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and of course, forays!

Come meet the membership, gain knowledge from the community, and forage for and eat the mushrooms that our beautiful fall season has to offer!

2024 DETAILS ​

We are still putting together our workshop leaders, we appreciate your patience in waiting for the agenda! This year, we are making the fall foray workshop-oriented rather than lecture-oriented. The Utah Fungi Fest (which we are so excited for!) will be happening just two weeks after this event, so this is our solution to avoid overlap in speakers. Once all of our speakers are confirmed, you'll find the agenda here!
 

WHEN: August 23–25th (Fri-Sun).​

WHERE: Francis Town Hall (2317 Spring Hollow Rd, Kamas, UT 84036).​​

We'll have a banner up so you can spot us! A nearby field will also be rented for tents & trailers alike if you ​would like to camp nearby with the group (1914 South State Road 32 Francis, UT). BLM land is also available for camping not too far up the canyon, and there are of course many RV and campgrounds further up Mirror Lake Highway—just make sure to get a pass from the ranger's station. 

WHO: Mushroom Society of Utah households only. If you want a friend to join you, please direct them to join the society—it's still worth it, even late in the year! Kids and dogs are welcome!

HOW: There is no need to register for the event as a whole. Just show up, sign in, and have fun! Forays and workshops, however, do require you to sign up so we can spread out. Sign-ups will be done in-person, in the town hall, on Saturday morning.

 

COST: Admission to the event is included in your membership. To help cover expenses, we will be holding a silent auction at the event. We'll have exciting items to bid on from local and national businesses, artists, and authors, as well as contributions from within the MSU community. If you would like to contribute an item to the auction (e.g. a gift basket, your art, or perhaps something from your local business), please email aimee@utahmushrooms.org.

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PREPERATION DETAILS:

  • We will have potlucks for dinner and coffee and light bites for breakfast, but you will need to bring/prepare for your own lunch and snacks (there are some restaurants along Main Street that you can visit). We appreciate if you can plan to bring a dish one or both of the potlucks; mushrooms are of course encouraged, but not required!

  • Make sure your car is prepared to head up the canyon. We highly encourage carpooling up to the forays if you are able/comfortable to accommodate others in your vehicle. 

  • Pack wisely! Here is our recommended packing list:

LAST YEAR'S SPEAKERS

Dejon Wallace: Cordyceps Cultivation 

Welcome to our Cordyceps Home Cultivation Class, where the captivating world of fungi awaits you! Led by experienced mycologist and passionate cultivator, Dèjon Wallace. This class is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills to successfully cultivate Cordyceps in the comfort of your own home. From understanding the lifecycle of these remarkable mushrooms to creating the ideal growing conditions, our comprehensive curriculum will take you on an immersive journey into the fascinating realm of mycology. Whether you're a curious beginner or a seasoned grower seeking to expand your expertise, our interactive and hands-on approach will nurture your passion for Cordyceps cultivation. Get ready to unlock the secrets of this extraordinary organism and embark on a fulfilling and sustainable mycological adventure with us! 

Sydney Freitag: Fungal Dye Palette of Utah

Description: Come explore the incredibly vibrant world of mushroom and lichen dyeing! In the Fungal Dye Palette of Utah workshop we will demonstrate dyeing with some of the best local dye species. You will learn the basics of fungal dyeing, including how to test mushrooms for dye potential, how to ethically harvest lichen, how to pre-treat fiber for dyeing, and dye recipes for Utah mushroom species.

 

Bio: Sydney is a geologist that has been living and working in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada for the last 10 years. Her true  

passion is ceramic and fiber art. Inspired by lichen forms, she began creating lichen themed pottery and dyeing fiber with lichen. This expanded into an interest in mushroom identification and dye potential and her joining MSU.  She has been learning mushroom and lichen dye techniques for 3 years and attended the International Fungi and Fiber Symposium for extended fungal art and dye workshops in 2022. 

Katie Lawson: Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi For the Garden

Description: We often appreciate macro fungi for their ability to make mushrooms. But another type of fungi- the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF)- are secret weapons in the garden. These non-mushroom forming fungi perform many important functions for healthy soil, including nutrient cycling and soil aggregation. They also help increase a plant's drought and stress tolerance.  We'll get to know the AMF and discuss ways to improve their populations in Utah's climate.

Bio: Katie graduated from McDaniel College with a BS in

Environmental Science and Political Science in 2009. She began working on organic vegetable farms in 2011. Farming took her all over the country, including stops in Oregon, Maine, Georgia, and Utah. Her focus shifted to fungi after taking a three day mushroom cultivation workshop with Radical Mycology in 2016. Since then, she has completed two certificates in Fungal Ecology and Mushroom Identification through MYCOLOGOS. Katie started Fungal Focus in 2019 to help make mycology a bigger part of our daily conversations. Katie’s work has been featured on KRCL RadioACTive, PBS Utah Modern Gardener, SLUG Magazine and Catalyst Magazine.

Dasha Puchkovsky: Resin FUNgus

Come join a fun workshop where we will be working with epoxy resin to make a pendant or jewel with dried mushrooms to last forever! We will provide the instruction, resin, molds, supplies to turn your pendant into a keychain or necklace to take home! Feel free to bring your own dried wildflowers or mushrooms to use if you have any favorites that would fit in a mold ranging  1-2” in length.

 

​BIO: Hi! My name is Dasha, I’ve been a big fan of mushrooms and hunting for them since I was a toddler.  I enjoy cooking and baking, cooking with mushrooms I can personally pick is a favorite! When I’m not looking at new recipes or indulging in chocolate cake, I enjoy traveling with my husband and finding new restaurants. 

Master Brewer Márcio Buffolo: Yeast's Role in Alcohol Production

 

We’re excited to host the current head cidermaker of Mountain West for a talk about an on overlooked yet beloved fungus, yeast! Márcio will be sharing the details of how yeast fermentation makes all the beer and cider we know and love.

 

Prior to Mountain West, Márcio was lead scientist at Shades of Pale in Salt Lake City, UT. He brings to the table an M.S. in cell biology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Tyler Hacking: Mysteries of the Morchella

Want to learn the secrets to finding morel mushrooms? Over the last 4 years Tyler has collected morel mushrooms and the soil they grow in from canyonlands all over Utah. The focus of his research is the ecology, environmental chemistry, and toxicology of different Morchella species. He will discuss the results of his research experiments and how citizen scientists contribute to scientific research. He will discuss the reproductive cycle of Morchella and how you can help to enable the mushrooms we love so much to grow more abundantly with specific collection protocols. Lastly he will discuss the 2023 continental Mycoblitz and the Mycological Society of Utah.

Bio: Tyler Hacking is a botanist who conducts research on the ecology of plants, fungi, their environmental chemistry and biochemistry. He

founded the UVU mycology club and the Mycological Society of Utah. This year he completed work with the Mycological Society of America's education committee on creating the mycology merit badge and related activities for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. In 2022, he co-organized the first Utah fungi festival. As an agriculture consultant he uses fungal culture techniques to transform lifeless soil into sustainably farmable land. Currently Tyler is building a compost program for Utah Valley University and applying for PhD programs in mycology.  

Lindsay Mackintosh, MSU Culinary Committee ChairCooking with Mushrooms Demos

During the cooking demos Lindsay and MSU members Kimbrey and Aimée will showcase how to cook mushrooms in different ways. You will be able to see a few different demos, ask questions and try the mushrooms. Some techniques touched on will be:

- how to rehydrate dehydrated mushrooms found in the grocery store

- how to properly cook a wild foraged mushroom 

- how to cook/season utah edibles found during the fall foray 

- where to buy mushrooms locally and recipes to showcase these unique mushrooms 

Alison Neville: Drawing Mushrooms

Alison Neville graduated magna cum laude in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Weber State University with a two-dimensional emphasis. She lives and works in Bountiful, Utah as the Education Director and Gift Shop Curator at Bountiful Davis Art Center. Her work has been shown nationally as part of pop-up shows, galleries, fundraisers, and city-funded projects. Nasty Women Utah was organized by her as an all-female identifying show, protesting our previous president, and raising funds for Planned Parenthood Utah. 

 

Her work varies widely including drawings on paper, dioramas, mixed

media, textile, and polymer clay sculpture. Along with contemporary projects, she illustrates coloring books for adults (Fungi Fancy, Sacred Sloths, and Sultry Sea Slugs), served on the board for the Mushroom Society of Utah, and contributes miniature works to refurbished cigarette vending machines called art-o-mats.

Adam LukerMushroom Table Tour

Bio: Adam is a lifelong Utah resident who discovered MSU while trying to find information about the five species of mushroom growing in his front yard. He took his (at the time) homeschooling family into the Uintas for an MSU foray the next weekend, and was immediately hooked on the science and wonder of these underappreciated organisms. Always eager to learn new things, Adam doesn't always find time for being as active a mushroom-hunter as he'd like (he's also a business owner, author, technology

guru, teacher, woodworker, naturalist, father of five, devout Christian, and many other roles) but he always thoroughly enjoys it. He took over the MSU presidency at the request of founder Ardean Watts and could not be more pleased with the leadership team that has succeeded him.

Erin Moore: Kids Activity

 

Kids get the chance to learn and play in a low-key illustration/creative-writing setting where they will observe what features of different fungus give them their common names (the names most people call mushrooms that are easier to remember than their scientific, Latin names). After showing examples of mushrooms and their real common names, kids are invited to illustrate or color-in print-outs of a mushrooms along with the creative common name they’d give it and why, even if it already has one. If they want to, they can even invent a new fungus, as long as they describe what makes it unique. All the silly names and ideas are encouraged here! 

Bio: 

Erin works in the local afterschool world, where she enjoys running a cooking club with kids and where this last year she grew culinary mushrooms with them to teach them about how mushrooms grow, why they are important and how good they can taste! She started foraging for fungi in 2022 and loves looking for wild edibles while finding lovely, odd fungi along the way. 

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