October 17 Chatham Conservation Partnership Meeting to Focus on Mushrooms!

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From left to right: turkey tail, indigo milkcap, and deadly galerena. Photos by Susannah Goldston.

Please join us for the next Chatham Conservation Partnership meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. til noon at the Stanford M. Adams Training Facility at the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest (2832 Big Woods Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517).

Registration is not required but an RSVP helps us with meeting preparation. If you plan on attending please RSVP online. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

The focus of the meeting will be WILD MUSHROOMS!

Susannah Goldston and Laura Stewart will talk about the role of mushrooms in our forest ecosystem, mushroom ID, uses, foraging (including legalities and ethics), and mushroom cultivation. After the presentations, Susannah and Laura will lead a walking tour at the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest to look for mushrooms that we can identify. We will conclude the meeting with updates and announcements from CCP members.

Please RSVP for the meeting.

Presenter Bios:

Susannah Goldston is an Environmental Specialist for Chatham Soil & Water Conservation District with a background in natural resources conservation, sustainable agriculture, environmental remediation, and geology. She grew up in Chatham County exploring the creeks and woods and considers herself a hobby naturalist — always observing. In 2010, she found her first patch of morels, sparking her wild mushroom obsession. Every chance she gets, she’s looking for new species to photograph and identify. Her lofty goal is to be able to go out into the wild and answer the question “What is this?”

Laura Stewart is the owner of Haw River Mushrooms located in Saxapahaw, NC, a family farm specializing in hardwood mushrooms that grows over 400 pounds of shiitake, lions mane, oyster, cinnamon cap and other seasonal mushrooms each week in an indoor, temperature-controlled environment. Her mushrooms are sold at Chapel Hill, Eno, Greensboro Curb, and Durham Farmers’ Market and to chefs throughout the Triangle and Triad. She is also an instructor for the Wild Mushroom Safety Course which allows foragers to sell mushrooms to chefs. You can learn more about her work at their website.

CCP Steering Committee: Catherine Deininger, Brooke Massa, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.

For more information about the Chatham Conservation Partnership, visit the CCP website or email info@chathamconservation.org