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2024 Foray Workshops

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Alan Rockefeller

Cost: $45

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by purchasing a ticket during the registration process. 

Capturing Fungi: A Mushroom Photography Workshop

with Alan Rockefeller


          Join acclaimed mycologist and photographer Alan Rockefeller for an immersive three-hour workshop. Participants will learn how to maximize the potential of their equipment, whether it's a cell phone, DSLR, or mirrorless camera. Alan will guide attendees through the fundamental principles of composition, lighting, and macro photography specifically tailored towards fungi.
 

          Key topics include: tricks using a cell phone camera, composition techniques to showcase the textures, colors, and forms of fungi; utilizing macro lenses and focus stacking to capture intricate details and highlight the nuances of mushroom morphology; and tips for effective fieldwork, including taking photos and making collections for scientific study.


          You will be introduced to post-processing techniques using Photoshop and Helicon Focus to enhance and stack images for unparalleled clarity and depth of field.


          Whether you're drawn to the delicate gills of a mycena or the vibrant hues of a fly agaric, this workshop provides a comprehensive toolkit to transform your mushroom photography from ordinary to extraordinary. Alan is equally as much an accomplished photographer as he is a renowned taxonomist. His wealth of experience and passion for both mycology and photography ensure a dynamic and engaging learning experience for all participants.

Saturday, October 12th   
1:00 PM- 4:00 PM
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Paul Sadowski

Cost: $15

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by purchasing a ticket during the registration process. 

The Microscope Demystified: A Beginners Workshop

          For many, the prospect of taking up a new technical challenge can be daunting. The purpose of this workshop is to get the prospective microscopist over the proverbial hump.

          The workshop, led by Paul Sadowski, will include an introduction to optics, the mechanical workings of the microscope and the preparation of specimens for examination. We’ll start with slime molds before moving on to agarics, a few ascomycetes, and some polypores.

          In addition to Paul there will be a few veteran microscopists on hand to help individuals work through any problems that may arise. We expect that each student will leave with a new found confidence to brace them for their journey with the microscope.

Saturday, October 12th 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Susan Hopkins

Cost: $40

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by purchasing a ticket during the registration process. 

Introduction to Mushroom Dyeing Workshop

                                           

          This workshop will be a hands-on introduction to the best species of fungi to use and general procedure for dyeing wool yarn a variety of colors. We will use small wool yarn skeins that have been pre-mordanted. These will be cooked together with dried mushrooms. Fresh dye mushrooms will be looked at if available. Each participant will receive several handouts on mushroom dyeing and 15-20 short yarn samples dyed from 4-6 different species of fungi at the end of the workshop.

Friday, October 11th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Eric Milligan

Cultivation Workshop with the

New Hampshire Mushroom Company

          Eric will be explaining multiple types of cultivation techniques, from larger facilities to passive homegrown methods, such as beds and logs. Participants will be inoculating pre-sterilized bags of wood substrate with their choice of saprobic species which will include: Reishi, blue oyster, black pearl oyster, lion's mine, chestnuts, or others. Additional equipment will also be available for purchase. 

                  There will also be an overview on how mycelium decomposes wood-based substrates and how that effects both small and larger companies differently. Eric will also give you several tips and tricks to help maximize the yields of your own homegrown mushrooms. 

Cost: $45

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by purchasing a ticket during the registration process. 

Friday, October 11th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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