Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - Pennsylvania (Accepted by Health Depts. in SC, NC, GA, VA, PA, NY ) - Sept 28-29, 2019


5 year mushroom foraging permit for SC, GA, NC, VA, PA, NY. This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 2 weeks ahead of the class. 

Limited to 30 people, and no refunds will be available for this event. 

Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

548 Puddintown Road, State College PA 16801

When: September 28-29, 2019 - 9am - 5pm - Saturday and Sunday
Bring your own lunch.
The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is a 62-acre site consisting of a 12-acre farmstead area and an adjacent 50-acre wetland area. A Conservation Easement between Penn State and ClearWater Conservancy protects the wetland from future development. Formerly known as "Penn State Farm 12," the tract was leased on a long-term basis from Penn State University starting in 1997 for $1/year. On-site is a LEED Silver Certified classroom building, called the Spring Creek Education Building, a restored bank barn, a wetland laboratory, a picnic pavilion, two sun shelters, a boardwalk, and walking trails. 

Taught by Kenny Rupert, authorized Mushroom Hunting Instructor.

Kenny Rupert is a lover of all things mushroom. His curiosity began when growing shiitake and other edibles in the late nineties. While getting his Bachelor of Science at University North Carolina at Charlotte, much of his focus centered on basic grow techniques, shifting to wild edibles and taxonomy when he returned to his home state of North Carolina after a few years in Florida. He soon met Alan Muskat, who he later assisted at his business, No Taste Like Home, based in Asheville, NC.


Kenny aided in the growth of No Taste Like Home which was featured in many well known publications including The New York Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, along with other well known publications. Kenny became manager of the business as well as a wild edibles teacher. After moving from Asheville, he started his own business, where he leads mushroom walks to this day.


He has spent tireless hours studying the nuances of fungi identification while trying to keep up with the ever changing taxonomy. He is the administrator of several Identification groups throughout the United States as well as some internationally. Kenny is currently an administrator, guide/identifier, and an advisory member of the Mushroom Club of Charlotte, as well as a member of COMA and NAMA. In previous years he has been a member of SCUMS and The AMC. He is a graduate of the Outward Bound Leadership School, has accreditations in Mushroom Mountain's growing class and mycoremediation class, and is Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certified.


Kenny currently resides northeast of New York City and is happily making his way into the local mycological scene. He spent last fall documenting species in local parks and looks forward to continuing his explorations throughout the Northeast.

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 only those mushrooms species listed below: 

  • Pink Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus)
  • Golden Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp.)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood Ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus spp.)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Lions Mane or Pom Pom (Hericium spp.)
  • White Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewits (Clitocybe nuda)
  • Honey (Armillaria spp.)
  • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden Milkies (Lactifluus spp.)
  • Pecan Truffle (Tuber lyonii) 
  • Puffballs ( Lycoperdon, Calvatia spp.)

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