Our featured speaker is Stephanie Jarvis, talking about
truffle cultivation on the western United States.
Stephanie Jarvis has been rehabilitating truffle orchards in California for the past 6 years and her work is beginning to pay off! She will talk about the challenges of truffle farming along the western seaboard, her failures and her successes. Come join us for an evening of truffle cultivation and learn how to grow Tuber melanosporum, Tuber borchii and other species of truffles for the restaurant and foodie industries. The primary focus is cultivation on the western USA, updates on the failures and the successes, and moving forward into the future with improved farming practices.
Stephanie S. Jarvis completed her Masters of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) under the guidance of Dr. Dennis Desjardin. While at SFSU she created a monograph of the Lycoperdaceae (puffball fungi) of California. Stephanie's undergraduate years were spent at Sonoma State University studying Mycology and Plant Physiology with Dr. Chris Kjeldsen (founding member of SOMA) and she was a research assistant to Dr. Richard Whitkus on the Sudden Oak Death Task Force. While in college Stephanie become a Certified Arborist through the National Society of Arboriculture and created a training program for arborists to study and learn to identify fungal plant pathogens for better tree risk assessment.
In 2010, she began her consultation company, Pacific Truffle Growers (PTG). With PTG she manages truffle orchards throughout Northern California and more recently acquired clients in Oregon and Washington. Her newest truffle endeavor is the Urban Truffle Grower, a program in the early development stages for property owners with under an acre of land.
Stephanie plans a life-long career in the world of Mycology and Arboriculture while enjoying the hobbies of acting at ACT in San Francisco, playing tennis, cooking, and of course - foraging for fungi.