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'Fungi Fun' coming

Mushroom identification, gathering and growing techniques to be discussed at free presentation


April 17, 2019

Photo courtesy Susan Marich

Susan Marich with a plate full of local mushrooms.

"Fungi Fun", the basics of collecting and cultivating mushrooms, will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Saratoga Branch Library at 503 West Elm Ave. in Saratoga.

Photo courtesy Susan Marich

Giant mushrooms, the size of a backpack, can be found in the mountains surrounding the Valley.

Friends of the Saratoga Library, in conjunction with the Community Garden, will host local mushroom hobbyist Susan Marich for the free public program. Treats, possibly mushrooms, will be served following the presentation.

For the past six years, from early spring to late fall, Marich has been gathering mushrooms in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountains as well as cultivating them at her home in Saratoga

Her Powerpoint presentation will feature pictures of many local mushrooms as well as telling how and where to gather them along with tools needed. Of course, she will relate how to tell the difference between edible and poison mushrooms.

For those who love mushrooms, but are unable to get out in the mountains to gather them, Susan suggests that they try cultivate their own as she does. She will tell those attending how to do this, plus display samples of local homegrown fungi.


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