Welcome to PSMS!

We are an organization that encourages the research, education, cultivation, hunting, identification and the cooking of mushrooms. With over 1,200 members, PSMS
is one of the largest mycological societies in the country.

We share our knowledge about mushrooms through meetings, classes, workshops and field trips.

Please join us at a meeting or become a member today!

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Hildegard Hendrickson Free Public ID Clinic

Hildegard Hendrickson ID clinics begin Monday May 2nd from 4pm to 7pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. As of now, masking will be optional. The important thing to us is that you respect the choices other people make, even if they differ from your choices. Check back here before you come for rules updates and for the announcement of the end date. The end date will depend on how long the season is.

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PSMS Inclusivity Statement

For over fifty years, the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) has nurtured collaboration amongst its members for an understanding and appreciation of the wide diversity of mushroom species in the Pacific Northwest. We also depend on a diverse membership to support our mission to foster the understanding and appreciation of mycology as a hobby and a science. In recent months, as systematic inequality in U.S. society is revealed to a broader audience, it becomes clearer that inequality imposes barriers on marginalized groups to participation in a wide variety of activities. PSMS opposes all barriers that limit participation in mycology. PSMS and its board members support a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming organization where all people, especially those who are underrepresented in our organization and society at large, can enjoy mushrooms and all of the activities associated with them. We realize this will be an on-going conversation and are looking to our members for suggestions on ways to increase diversity, inclusivity, and welcoming. Thank you as we join together to make this long-overdue journey toward systemic equality!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:30pm

Monthly Meeting

Langdon Cook - Patch to Plate

The membership meeting on May 10, 2022, will be a "Hybrid" meeting, both in-person at the Center for Urban Horticulture and virtual on ZOOM. Masks will be required for attendance to the in-person meeting. We will start letting people into the CUH meeting hall at about 7:00 pm and into the ZOOM meeting at about 7:15. The lecture will begin at approximately 7:30 pm.

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As has been our theme this winter, we once again are featuring one of our talented members of PSMS. To help kick of our Spring Foraging season, this month's general meeting will feature award-winning author and wild foods instructor Langdon Cook for a virtual field trip in search of local spring bounty. In this "patch to plate" slideshow, Langdon will highlight some of the Pacific Northwest's most prized wild edibles, where to find such elusive ingredients, and how to prepare them in delicious meals. Slides of plants and fungi both in their habitat and in finished dishes will have you reaching for your boots, baskets, and saute pans. Langdon has agreed to bring some of his books along for sale so Q&A and book signing will follow his presentation.

Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (Ballantine, May 2017), a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which The Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic." Cook's work has been nominated for two James Beard Awards, a Society for Environmental Journalists award, and a Pushcart Prize. He has been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing appears in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online journals, including National Geographic Travel, Outside, Eating Well, Gray's Sporting Journal, and Seattle Magazine, where he was a regular columnist for a decade. Cook lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.