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Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • ASU Natural History Collection building, 734 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
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    UPDATE: This class has now filled, but there will be more in future. You can add yourself to the waiting list if you wish.


    The Arizona Mushroom Society, Inc., is presenting an instructional class to teach our members the new, non-sterile "Tam Technique" for growing oyster mushrooms at home. This method was invented by Milton Tam of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and recently learned by former AMS Vice President Bill Warner, whose son Ben grew these big, beautiful mushrooms using Tam's technique.

    Bill has generously offered to pass along this knowledge to the rest of us. Participants in this course will make their own oyster mushroom grow bags under his supervision, and take them home to watch them grow and fruit. Unlike the usual methods of growing oyster mushrooms, Tam's super-easy technique does not require heat sterilization. Washtubs, plastic bags, kitty litter, rabbit food, and oyster mushroom spawn are all that will be needed. For only $5 to cover the cost of supplies and materials ($10 for non-members), you'll get multiple meals' worth of delicious oyster mushrooms in about 3 weeks.

    In addition, AMS member Kevin Fitzgerald, whose love of mycology turned into a lifestyle business of “urban farming,” will lead an informal discussion of oyster mushroom biology and propagation by traditional sterile technique. His family business, Sun Valley Harvest, grows several different specialty mushrooms here in the desert, and is graciously providing the spawn for this demo. Kevin will also bring fruiting bags of several of the mushroom varieties that Sun Valley Harvest grows so that participants can see the fruiting mushrooms first-hand.

    Members of the AMS in good standing will have the first opportunity to enroll, beginning on Feb. 9, 2019. Each primary member attending the class may bring 1 guest, who will be required to pay the non-member price for supplies. Non-members who are not the guest of a member will need to wait until Feb 13, 2019 to enroll for the remaining seats, if any. 

    We have arranged for the class to meet at the ASU Natural History Collections building at 734 W. Alameda Dr. in Tempe, where we have had several prior meetings.  Doors will open at 6:30 and instruction will begin promptly at 7:00. Parking is available next to the building in the east side parking lot. Enter via the south-most entrance on the east side of the building, photo below:

Past events

16 Feb 2019 Learn how to Cultivate Mushrooms Workshop
08 Dec 2018 2018 Winter Meeting & Potluck
26 Nov 2018 Taylor Lockwood Fungal Photography Lecture
10 Nov 2018 AMS Leadership Meeting
03 Nov 2018 1st Annual Fall Mushroom Harvest Potluck
06 Oct 2018 Snap foray: Fall morel look and learn
30 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Tucson)
25 Aug 2018 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2018 Coppa Cafe Forager's Feast
18 Aug 2018 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Field Trip and Tasting 2018
10 Aug 2018 2018 AMS Annual Foray
04 Aug 2018 The "Consolation" Foray on the Mogollon Rim
02 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Reprised)
19 Jul 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
16 Jun 2018 AMS Board of Directors Meeting - June 2018
09 Dec 2017 2017 Winter Meeting & Potluck
04 Sep 2017 Labor Day Snap Foray
26 Aug 2017 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2017 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Festival and Foray
10 Aug 2017 2017 NAMA Regional Foray in Arizona
05 Aug 2017 2017 AMS Annual Foray
27 Jul 2017 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
27 May 2017 Last Chance North Rim Morel Foray - Late May 2017
06 May 2017 Spring Mushroom Dinner at Salt Restaurant
23 Apr 2017 Mid-April 2017 Morel Foray
25 Mar 2017 Culinary Committee Meeting 3/25/17
17 Dec 2016 2016 Winter Meeting & Potluck
17 Sep 2016 Coppa Café Mushroom Dinner & Preservation Workshop
31 Aug 2016 Tucson Member Meeting August 2016
14 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Sunday Sessions
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Wild Food Dinner
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Saturday Sessions
30 Jul 2016 Katey's Memorial Porcini Foray
30 Jul 2016 Flagstaff Snap Foray
10 Dec 2015 Annual Winter Meeting & Potluck

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