The MHMA  Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series 

Every 1st Tuesday of the month (EXCEPT JANUARY) we will meet at the Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 at 6:45pm to hear from a different presenter on their expertise in Mycology at 7pm.
Remember, these events are sponsored by the MHMA and are Free and Open to the Public so bring a friend or 4.
We will have more presenters as the months progress.
If you have a suggestion for a speaker or would like to present on a certain subject within mycology, please let John know via email at John@CatskillFungi.com

January 22nd (NOT Jan 1st!) – Amanda Heidel will be presenting about a community mushroom farm she is developing in New Paltz

Mushroom Farm, is a collaborative community-based public art project in cooperation with The Reformed Church, Family of New Paltz, Village Grind Cafe, Bacchus Brewery, Mid Hudson Mycological Association and others. Mushroom Farm is a 10 year durational experiment that will be built adjacent to the free community garden on Huguenot Street in Spring 2019. The farm’s structure will take inspiration from a community smokehouse currently situated on Huguenot Street built in the 1800’s that was once a shared space for community to smoke their meats. Mushroom Farm is a collaborative space for education, research, community events, and a recycling system to produce food for the community.

We will be discussing ways that people can get involved with the project as part of the presentation!

Amanda Heidel is an artist currently pursuing her MFA in Sculpture at The State University of New York at New Paltz. Her educational and professional background includes communications, advertising, public relations, hospitality, and culinary arts. Her graduate thesis work, Mushroom Farm, is an interdisciplinary research project that studies biological materials, recycling processes, life cycles, and collaborative structures in an effort to prepare for a future of uncertainty. Her fungal entangled preparations are to enable forms of cooperation with the mushroom to guide us in living this paradigm shift while attempting to find footing in the present.

Past Events:
December 4th – Etienne Leblanc, a local mushroom grower, will be presenting Sterile transfer using a Glove Box & Flow Hood: mycelium culture, cloning of species, & grain.
Passionate about the world of fungi, Etienne Leblanc will be sharing his learning journey through mycology and starting a profitable mushroom business. This presentation will feature hands on learning of basic mycology, with participation available! Spores, mycelium culture, cloning of species, grain transfers, and of course how to grow from spore to fruit will be presented. If you would like to grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home, you will not want to miss this!
Hi everyone my name is Etienne Leblanc, I was born in Canada on March 30th 1995. I first started learning about mycology when I saw these beautiful pink oyster mushrooms, I just had to learn how to grow them! In June of 2016 I decided to learn to grow mushrooms from spores to fruits, as it was a unique and fun process I fell In Love with. I began practicing for my own culinary purposes, but came to find growing mushroom had become a passion and I needed to share it with the world. In March of 2018 I felt comfortable enough with my skills to start a business, with the help of my father. We engineered a fruiting chamber in order to bring the best quality from our mushrooms. I started growing a variety of mushrooms including; a different species of oyster mushrooms, shiitake and lion’s mane. Once we had consistent inventory, i began contacting local restaurants and businesses, and made a ton of wonderful connections with chefs and owners. I am enjoying the world of fungi so much and am very eager to learn, teach, and discover more!
October 2nd – 
Fungal DNA Barcoding – Craig Trester
At this workshop we will perform Fungal DNA Barcoding, the process by which organisms are phylogenetically identified by comparing short sequences in their genome to similar specimens that have been previously sequenced in part or totality. When paired with morphological identification, phylogenetic ID offers an improved understanding of evolutionary lineage and the potential to discover novel organisms that have not been described before. Using fungal tissue samples from collected Mushrooms we will overview and perform DNA extraction, isolation, amplification, verification, and sequencing.
Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist whose focus lies in the field of mycology, applying biomimicry and permaculture principles to develop regenerative solutions for a future which faces many challenges. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Outside of the lab Craig is the sole proprietor of MYC.NYC, an applied mycology educational resource based in New York City that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, and society to audiences on academic, research, community, and private levels.
September 4th – MYCOLOGY OF THE AIR
by John Haines, PhD – New York State Mycologist
Most of the approximately 100,000 species of fungi have airborne spores, and fungus spores
are usually the most prevalent particles in air that are visible with the light microscope. That
makes the air a very interesting place for us fungus guys. There will be talk, pictures, video
images and clues on how to identify the spores. We will also look at how to capture spores and
even how to make your own sampler. You will see spores of some well-known fungi and some
fungi that you did not know existed.
If you have a microscope, bring it.
Dr. John Haines has more than 50 years of mycology experience including 37 years as New York State
mycologist, so you can ask him just about anything, maybe he will know the answer.
July 3rd & August 7th – 2 part microscopy workshop taught by Jeffrey Mann.
After Jeffrey’s presentation this winter MHMA members enthusiastically requested a workshop on microscopy. Jeffrey has agreed to bring a few microscopes, members are encouraged to bring their own if they have them, as we will explore how to prepare slides and how to view microscopic features of fungi.

April 3rd –  Mushrooms: Unique Natural Dyers

by Susan Hopkins

IMG_3541 Susan Hopkins Sept 2015 JCC

This prsentation will be an introduction to various species of wild mushrooms that have been found to contain a rainbow of colors. Using a combination of dried mushrooms, handmade items, digital slides, and books, I will show the variety of color and share the excitement I have found in using mushrooms for color.

Mushrooms as a source of color is not unknown over the last 400 years, but the recent interest and experimentation started in 1971 with the late Miriam Rice and her friend Dorothy Beebee in Mendocino CA. There is now an international group that holds a Fungi-Fibre Symposium every two years mostly in northern Europe. This is a chance to hunt and try new mushrooms for dyeing, to see the creative efforts after the dyeing, and to meet with those whose passion for mushrooms and fiber is contagious.

Although mushroom identification is not a simple task, there are three major groups of wild mushrooms (plus several oddball varieties) that can be recognized for their use as natural dyers. Knowing where and when to look for the best mushrooms helps narrow the field for the beginner as well as the experienced hunter.

I would like to demonstrate mushroom dyeing on a small scale. I will bring a precooked mushroom bath ready for a small skein of mordanted wool – and then start my talk by putting the wool in the bath and turning the heat on. By the end of the talk the wool is dyed and ready for display. My Power Point talk will concentrate on the mushrooms used to obtain the best and most interesting colors.


Susan learned to identify fungi as a member of the New Jersey Mycological Association for the last 37 years. She has attended most of the NEMFs and several NAMAs often helping with sorting and identification. After attending the 1993 International Fungi-Fibre Symposium in Scotland she became a “dyer”, learning the use of various fungi to dye wool. Even before becoming a “dyer” her main group of interest to study has been all of the tooth fungi particularly Hydnellum, Phellodon, Sarcodon. After retiring in 2009, Susan now lives in the Adirondack Mountains of NY learning the local fungi flora and continues to do many lectures, walks, and demonstrations on fungi and mushroom dyeing.


February 6th – Jeffrey Mann

Introduction to Fungal Microscopy – Click the link to view the slide show
Jeffrey Mann Bio Pic
This workshop will focus on the basic identifying characteristics of fungal microscopic features.
These characteristics are used in fungal classification. A familiarity of these features are key to
the understanding of fungal taxonomy. This presentation is intended for an audience with little or
no experience with fungal microscopic features and will focus on the most broadly used
microscopic reference points and their variants. Specifically, we will discuss and see examples
of basidium and ascus morphology, spore classification and variants, as well as identifying
characteristics of cystidia and clamp connections. Most of the material will consist of personal
micro plates from Jeffrey Mann’s personal collection, which contain his own work and
unpublished images and paintings from Dr. Richard Homola.
Jeffrey Mann teaches Biology, Physics, and Science Research at Margaretville Central School
in Margaretville, NY. Jeffrey’s love and fascination with mycology began early in his college
career when he studied cellular mycology with Dr. Homola at the University of Maine from 1992-
1994. He then went on to study Advanced Mycology with Dr. David Largent at Humboldt State
University (1995). While cultivating a wide variety of interests, Jeffrey continued his study of
micromycology including projects in his graduate work at BARD college. Jeffrey incorporates his
interest in mycology in his current role at Margaretville Central School but offering workshops on
Micro Mycology and Intermediate Microscopy for his students. A dedicated amature mycologist,
Jeffrey seeks communicate the importance of fungi in biodiversity and the profound hidden
beauty of micro mycology.

 If you would like to lead a walk in 2018, please let us know at a meeting or by emailing Erwin, our walk coordinator: eakarl@yahoo.com


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