2020 GEORGIA MUSHROOM FESTIVAL aka MUSH FEST
We have other good news:
Dr. Alan and Arleen Bessette, along with Alan Rockefeller, William Padilla-Brown, Phillip Thompson, Sarah Prentice, Jacob Pulk, Mark Haberstroh, Indigo Cochiseana, Bill Yule, Jay Justice, David Tate, David Snow, Juno Jang, Shaun Thompson, Allen Carroll and Taylor Hayes (Hope Network), Christian Killebrew Marr, Bethany Teigen, Keren Self Barbina and Taylor Palmer have already RSVP'd and will either speak about their fields of study, myco adventures, update us on latest research or just "hang out" and share the love.
Mushroom Club of Georgia has also let me know that they will support us again next year and we're waiting for suggestions of possible speakers as Sam Landes, the treasurer, will be in charge of our SPEAKER HUB again.
The Alabama Mushroom Society will be represented by its president Anthoni Goodman, aka Indigo Cochiseana, Allen Carroll, Taylor Hayes and Mark Haberstroh.
And last, but not least: We have the support of the Florida Academic Lichen And Fungi Enthusiasts League (FALAFEL), Ross Joseph (president of FALAFEL Talk), Dr. Matt Smith (Matt is a University of Florida mycologist), Sarah Prentice and possibly Dr. Rosanne Healy and PhD student Ben Lemmond.
We'll have a grand time! Stay tuned.
Our 2-Day MushFest will take place in Rolater Park, downtown Cave Spring.
Base camp for the 2020 Georgia Mushroom Festival is at Cedar Creek Outdoor Center & Camping again. Rental kayaks are available to explore the creek and shoals towards Cedartown. We hoping to have at least one community trip on the creek; west leads towards Lake Weiss, AL. Great fishing creek.
Alan is a mycologist stationed in Oakland, CA where he works out of Counter Culture Labs in support of the Citizen Science Project. He is the prime expert in psilocybin worldwide. His focus is plant and mushroom identification ( especially hallucigenic mushrooms of Mexico), photography, PCR, sequencing,
analysis and the phylogeny of basidiomycetes. Alan and William Padilla-Brown will co-teach a Molucular Mycology course at our Georgia Mushroom Festival. RSVP is a must.
Dr. Alan E Bessette and his wife, retired psychologist & mycologist Arleen Bessette, MA, authors of numerous mushroom books, are teaching their exciting program:
"MUSHROOMS OF GEORGIA"
Mushrooms in the wild present an enticing challenge: some are delicious, others are deadly, still others take on almost unbelievable forms.
IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS & THE MYCO-CURIOUS"
This 2-hour workshop will include a brief introduction to fungi, their basic anatomy, and their key macro-characteristics.
Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor (2019 to present) of Educational Technology at the University of Florida, College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, Gainesville, FL, as well as a University of Florida mycologist.
He will present on truffels and will be accompanied by Dr. Rosanne Healy and
PhD student Ben Lemmond.
Allen is the owner of Fungi Farm in Dadeville, AL, and will give presentations about commercial mushroom cultivation that also include a peak into his amazing growing operation in AL. It is the first mushroom spawn lab in Alabama. You will find Alan at the Mushroom Market and, as a speaker, in the Speaker Hub.
Christian has a wide spectrum of experiences and skills, both within and without this field. She will give us insights into new developments in the highly specialized field of MYCOREMEDIATION and how mushrooms can help remedy environmental damage, including nuclear and agricultural waste. https://www.aumanita.com/
Bill is a field biologist and teacher at the Connecticut River Museum, in Essex, Connecticut and discovered mycology when he was an undergraduate studying botany. Bill has been a member, officer and Education Chair of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society since 1988 and has been a principal identifier, lecturer and presenter in major forays in the east for 20 years. He participates in numerous events for the NEMF, COMA and CVMS and has given presentations about fungi to dozens of environmental organizations and clubs all the Northeast. His specialties are the Boletaeceae and insect/fungus relationships.
William is an educator, autodidact
He is the owner of MycoSymbiotics, Mechanicsville, PA, where he studies and develops commercial cultivation of mushrooms, teaches and creates a network of mycologists. He is also a contributor to FUNGI MAGAZINE.
He will co-teach a Molecular Mycology course with Alan Rockefeller.
Sarah works at the Science Library of the
Marston Science Library at the University of Florida, Gainesville and is a member of FALAFEL-Talk (Florida Academic Lichen And Fungi Enthusiasts League)
She will present on .........
Very excited. I will be presenting on the topics of evidence-based, peer-reviewed psychedelic research, my work with the International Association of Psychedelic Nursing, CBD and the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Cosmic Sister, Fungi Farm, and Hope Network legal psilocybin retreats. 🌱🍄💚
Ross Joseph is a PhD student in the UF Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. He currently works in a lab that studies the genetic and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and symbiosis in plant- and insect-pathogenic fungi, and hopes to pursue a career in fungal biotechnology and synthetic biology. Ross is also the President of the Florida Academic Lichen And Fungi Enthusiasts League (FALAFEL).
Jay, is a founding member and current president of the
Arkansas Mycological Society.
He is often called The Indiana Jones of Arkansas mushrooms for his wide interest in everything fungi, his workshops, talks and forays. https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/arkansas-mycological-society-3814/
Sam is the treasurer of the Mushroom Club of Georgia and in charge of running the SPEAKER HUB with the assistance of other mycologists. The Mushroom Club of Georgia is an educational organization with the purpose to promote the enjoyment, study, and exchange of information about wild mushrooms. Everyone who has an interest in wild mushrooms is welcome to become a member. https://www.gamushroomclub.org/index.php
Anthoni is a neuroscientist, currently working on his PhD in at the University of Alabama, where, as a labor of love, he is also building the Alabama Mushroom Society with the help of other local mycologists . The Society was created for the interested people in Alabama to discuss the diverse, photogenic, and often quite tasty mushrooms of the region.
The club is there to help members identify unfamiliar fruiting bodies, share good foraging territory with the new folk, gloat excellent finds, share recipes, and generally encourage each other to get out there and explore!
This tree is based on multiple analyses of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences alone (Hibbett and Thorn 2001; Hibbett and Binder 2002) and analyses that combine protein-coding genes and rRNA genes (Matheny et al. 2007).