Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification

2 Day Classroom Course followed by an Exam
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06/11/2022
Saturday & Sunday
Agroforestry Resource Center

June 11-12, 2022

9:00am - 5:00pm

Not recommended for beginners, an understanding of the common names of many of the following mushrooms is advised before signing up. Study materials provided ahead of time will help you memorize all common names and key features of each mushroom and poisonous look-a-likes to pass the exam. 

This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the state health departments and formally approved for the foraging and selling of wild mushrooms in the following states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 month ahead of the class. The test will be taken onsite. 

Limited to 40 people, and no refunds will be available for this event. We might be able to move you to another class in case of emergency.

Taught by John Michelotti. This Wild Mushroom Safety Certification Course was created by Tradd and Olga Cotter of Mushroom Mountain. This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a Code 13 policy, your state will need to contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority. 

According to state law, wild foraged mushrooms species must be individually inspected and found to be safe by an approved mushroom identification expert that: 

(A) Has met the requirements of knowledge and passed an exam and 

(B) Will harvest and sell only those mushrooms species listed below (Check the Approved Species List for your state’s allowed species) : 

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Blue chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levis, P. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
  • Bolete species: King bolete / Cep / Porcini (Boletus edulis, B. chippewaensis)
  • Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
  • Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma curtisii, G. tsugae, G. sessile)
  • Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
  • Candycap mushroom (Lactarius rubidus, L. fragilis, L. camphoratus)
  • Saffron milky (Lactarius deliciosus)
  • Hawk’s wing (Sarcodon imbricatus)
  • Enoki (Flammulina velutipes)
  • Shrimp Russula (Russula xerampelina)
  • Umbrella Polypore (Cladomeris umbellata)
  • Green Quilted Russula (Russula virescens, Russula parvovirescens, Russula crustosa)

It is recommended come to class on Saturday with a solid base of knowledge from studying the material provided. You must know all the common names and features of the above fungi as well as features that separate them from their look-a-likes. There will be an extensive review of the information sent to you on Saturday comprising of power point presentations, hands on, and, time permitting, a mushroom walk.  Sunday there are two exams.

Subject to minor changes.

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