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A request for articles and other contributions to the club 5-14-2014

Important:  See the event description for an update on this Sunday’s (8/30) walk

Here is the latest summany of the walks for this season.  See the calendar for additional information…


Sunday July 5  9:30 AM Mushroom Walk in Columbia County – New Forge State Forest, West Taghkanic, NY
Walk Leader Barbara Plume

Parking may be an issue, so please plan on meeting us at the Park ‘n’ Ride lot at NYS Thruway, Exit 21, Catskill, so we can carpool. We’ll meet at 9, and give everyone a little time to arrive before heading to the park. Please come prepared for ticks. They’ve been very bad this year so far.

Friday July 10 6 PM John Michelloti and Marisol hike and swim at Onteora Lake in Kingston.
A back up date is Friday August 14th.  Friday July 10th.

July 12  9:30 – 11:30 Joint Walk with COMA!  Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park  ID session and a picnic lunch will follow the walk
Walk Leader Jill Weiss

July-19  Carol and Gerry MacDonald’s property walk and pot luck

July 26 Olana two groups, one at 2-3Pm and one at 3:30-4:30
Walk Leader Jill Weiss

July 30 August 2 NEMF Foray at New London, CT.  For details visit the foray website http://www.nemf.org/foraynext.htm

August 9   Fallling Waters(Tentative-awaiting permission from Scenic Hudson)*
Walk Leader Lisa Resnick

August 16  Columbia County details TBA
Walk Leader Barbara Plume

August 30th  Joint walk with NYMS at Stonykill Farm Environmental Center, Wappingers Falls.  We’ll meet at the Beacon Train Station to pick up anyone arriving on the 10:15 train, then caravan to the walk site.  ID session and a picnic lunch will follow the walk
Walk Leaders Robert Senk and Jill Weiss

Saturday, Sept 5- Sloan Gorge Preserve,  Stoll Road
Walk hosted by Woodstock Land Conservancy .-

Sunday Sept 27th –  Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY
Walk Leader Cynthia Fischer.

Sunday October 18   Joint walk with NYMS leading walk. Blue Mountain Reservation/Depew Park, Peekskill NY  (We meet at the Peekskill train station to help transport people to the walk site)   ID session and a picnic lunch will follow the walk
Our Club Host Jill Weiss.
Juniper Perlis, from NYMS will lead this walk


See New Post June 16th, 2015

First Morel Sighting of 2015

Morgan Gwenwald <mgwenwald@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi I wanted to share this with the club… Saw it around 8:30am Sat. May 2… actually brushed away some leave litter to find it.  I had no way to include my phone for time etc in the photo as I was out alone… So I guess it doesn’t qualify as an entry, but I did want to share it and suggest that next week will be the time!

Sharing the Wealth, Growing Mushrooms

Gerry McDonald

Although I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, I decided to host a log inoculation workshop for our club this year. It was a labor intensive journey, but involved a lot of the things that I like to do, working in the woods, working with mushrooms and sharing a common interest with others.

My first experience with Shiitakes was in the spring of 2011 at a MHMA workshop. I inoculated 2 logs. 2011 was a wet summer and that fall I was able to admire, photograph, harvest and eat some beautiful shiitakes. With my interest sparked, I inoculated about 20 logs in the spring of 2012. While dealing with some personal health issues, I didn’t do any extra watering or really pay much attention during the next couple summers and I only got a few mushrooms. The spring and early summer of 2014 was wetter and I watered often during middle and later part of summer when things got dry. Success came in September 2014 when I forced a fruiting. I soaked 3 batches of logs in as many days in a 55 gallon drum and the following week I was awash in Shiitakes. I ate them, dried them and gave them to friends.   With this background I thought it would be a good idea to host a workshop.

At a February club meeting, I floated the log inoculation idea with a cost of $6.00 per 100 plugs and 8 people signed up that night. Ultimately 25 people signed up, mostly for batches of a hundred shiitake or a hundred Lion’s Manes plugs or both. Then came the planning, how many extra plugs should I order? How much wood will we need? What are the necessary tools and where can we do this work with a lot of people. I ended up ordering 3000 shiitake plugs and 2000 Lion’s Mane plugs along with 10 pounds of sealing wax, wax daubers, metal tags for marking the logs with species and inoculation date and 5 pounds of sawdust inoculated with Lion’s Mane mycelium. Most people brought a drill, drill bit, cans for melting wax and wax brushes.

One of my favorite parts was working in the woods getting the logs or bolts as they are called. With requests for 36 bolts, I figured I would need at least twice that. I selected several oak trees from a silvacultural perspective. The snow was deep this year and I dropped the trees so that the middle of the crowns landed in the logging road where I could work. Then limb by limb, marking and cutting 3 foot sections of 3 to 7 inch diameter limbs, I loaded them up on the pickup and piled them the deep snow in the pines to maintain moisture levels. A week or so before the workshop, I moved the bolts to a spot behind the garage which was out of the sun. That would have worked out well if the weather cooperated. With the forecast calling for below freezing temperatures and 15 mph winds, we decided a couple days before that the original idea of doing everything outside was a bad idea, so we moved into the garage. Several days before, I moved the frozen logs into the garage so that they would thaw before the workshop. We brought in benches and chairs, a picnic table, several recently built log cradles and lots of extension cords and power strips.

By 10 AM we had a full house. People had their logs and for the next couple hours we drilled, pounded plugs, melted wax to wax over plugs and log ends and tagged the inoculated bolts with permanent metal tags. The extra plugs came in handy as many people wanted to do more inoculation. In all we used almost 4000 plugs and over 50 logs that day. One of the highlights was the totem method demonstration by John Micholetti. We cut an 8 inch diameter sugar maple log into 2 one-foot sections with 2 inch log cookies on each end. John buttered about a quarter inch layer of Lion’s Mane inoculated sawdust spawn into each cut. This assembly was fastened together with thin wood strips nailed to the sides and the whole assembly was wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag. We hope to see good colonization and some Lion’s Mane mushrooms this fall or if not maybe next fall.

Lunch provided a great break from the morning’s work in the cold garage. Carol didn’t disappoint and served an awesome venison pot roast and vegetable lasagna. This was complimented by all the other great food brought along by the group. The feasting and socializing extended into the afternoon after which everyone went on their merry ways with a full belly and an arm full of hopes for mushrooms to come. I hope they all find a good home and fruit heavily in the years to come.

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