Check out our remaining Fall 2021 workshops!

Suggested donation levels are listed below. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able. 

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Upcoming Workshops

Fungi on the Farm

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 1 – 3 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: J.R. Blair
Suggested Donation: $25 per person

Join us for a fungal exploration at Alemany Farm and learn about the important role that mushrooms and other fungi play in our ecosystem. We will seek out mushrooms and other kinds of visible manifestations of fungi, such as rusts and lichens. This will serve as an introduction to the life cycles of these fascinating organisms. In addition, we will discuss the various ecological roles that fungi play in the environment, particularly as they apply to the Farm.

J.R. Blair received his bachelor’s degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and his master’s degree at San Francisco State University in 1999 studying with the accomplished mycologist, Dr. Dennis Desjardin. His thesis was Fungi Associated with Arctostaphylos in Northern California. Since that time he has been an active member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco. He served a two-year term as President and was their Fungus Fair chairperson for five years. He has taught mushroom identification workshops for mycological societies and outdoor education programs for many years. He was a lecturer of biology at SFSU for 21 years and the director of the University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus for eleven years until his retirement in December 2020.