MSSF Meetings

Our meetings have moved online. In response to the public health crisis we currently face, the Mycological Society of San Francisco is holding virtual meetings until further notice.

On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting. It has usually taken place at the Randall Museum. We look forward to future meetings where we can share our fungal finds, enjoy mushroom snacks and engage with speakers in-person. But until then, we are fortunate that technology allows us to to maintain social distance yet still carry on our mission to educate about the kingdom of Fungi.


Next Meeting - Zachary Mazi: Mycological Mexico - Oaxaca Diversity and Ethnomycology

  • Meeting date and time: 7 pm PDT, Tuesday December 20, 2022
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    • Meeting ID: 891 8438 9640
    • Passcode: 608192

Zachary Mazi It has been estimated that indigenous Mexicans consume about 300 species of edible mushrooms country-wide throughout its eight climate regions, one of the most climate diverse countries in the world. All of Mexico’s climates are found in the Southern State of Oaxaca.

Despite its inclusion geographically in North America, the country of Mexico is quite foreign when compared to the US and Canada in its attitudes toward mushrooms and mushroom foraging. The difference, even more pronounced in Oaxaca, is more than just a language barrier, though that plays a significant role: despite Spanish being the dominant language, there are more than 15 official languages and dozens of dialects spoken throughout this state alone.

More than half of the political regions in Oaxaca are self-governed autonomous democracies. This governance naturally extends into a sustenance-based relationship to the land itself–land that has been continuously occupied in some places by the same people for over 12,000 years. There are no mushrooms picking permits: nothing can be removed from the land–nor even access granted–without express permission of the community.

In this presentation, Chef Zachary Mazi attempts to tackle the barriers in understanding this delicate relationship, and discuss the intricate web of food-life-forest-community that underlies the unique management of these diverse and incredible ethnomycological regions whose wisdom holds so much potential for learning for the rest of North America."


Biography:
Classically trained in French culinary education, and raised in New American and Pacific Northwest kitchens, Chef Zachary Mazi presents imaginative experiences in the culinary and mycological world, bringing people together through love of food and community. He hopes to inspire other though entertaining lectures and fusion-powered view of regional cuisines.

Launching into the world in 2020, he unexpectedly spent the first year and half of the pandemic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he lived, cooked and foraged with his fiancé Kimberly. He now lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he is involved with local indigenous communities to explore sustainable community-supporting mycotourism. He is the owner of The Fungivore, an aspiring author, mycophagy researcher and performance poet. Follow his adventures on instagram at @the_fungivore.

Links:
Parasol mushroom

2022 Meetings

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 video
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022 video
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2022 video
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 video
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 video
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 video
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2021 Meetings

  • Tuesday, December 21, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2020 Meetings

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2019 Meetings

  • No meeting in December, Fungus Fair on Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2018 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2018
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2015 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2015 video
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 video
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 video
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 video

2013 Meetings

  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Talk "&" Slides
  • No meetings June-August
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 video 1 video 2
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 video
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013