6:30 pm OMS Mushroom Identification Session
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
7:15 pm OMS General Meeting
7:30 pm Program
Speaker – Peter McCoy
Presentation – Ethnomycology Through the Ages
Fungi are an integral aspect of the human story. The fungal creation of fermented foods, drinks, and breads helped pave the way for the healthy settling of civilizations. Innumerable fungi fill the tissues of all plants, potentially influencing their production of medicines in significant ways. In addition the impact of fungi on traditional customs, rituals, and cosmologies across the globe is impossible to ignore with even the most casual of research. In this talk, Peter will take you through the rich history of ethnomycology, from the deep past, to the present, and far into the future. Demonstrating how fungi have impacted humanity in a myriad of ways, Peter will show why all peoples need to embrace fungi and help advance this new field of research, while also explaining what you can do to support these incredible organisms. You can help spawn the mycocultural revolution!
Peter McCoy is the founder of MYCOLOGOS, a mycology school based in Portland, as well as Radical Mycology, a grassroots mycology advocacy organization and movement. In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology, a 650-page book on accessible mycology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, ethnomycology, and more. The book has since been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on the science and art of mycology, offering unique, thorough, and cutting-edge insights into the rapidly evolving field. Peter’s work has been featured in various news outlets (e.g. Grist, Vice, and Salon.com) and he has presented at mycological societies across North America. Peter is also the lead cultivation expert for Open Source Ecology, as well as the mycology advisor to Permaculture Magazine North America. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, writer, and artist.