The March 25th meeting of MHMA was an evening filled with fungi, friends and fun. Over fifty new and old members of the club filled the Marbletown Community Center.
In the annual election of officers, members reelected Lisa Resnick as President, Barbara Plume as Vice President, Kelly Sinclair as Secretary, and Cynthia Fisher as Treasurer.
Jill Weiss demonstrated her oyster mushroom cultivation kit using kitty litter, guinea pig food and mushroom spawn. Her bag of oyster mushrooms looked a bit like a porcupine, with the spikes of mushrooms emerging from the plastic growing bag in concentric circles. The completion of our new web site was announced. Check it out at midhudsonmyco.org.
The main event of the evening was Bill Bakiatis’ lecture on safe and unsafe spring mushrooms. It was illustrated with excellent photos and taxonomic information.
Dina Falconi, an herbalist and MHMA member, sold signed copies of her new book, “Foraging and Feasting: a Field Guide and wild Food Cookbook” which is beautifully illustrated by Wendy Lollender.