Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - West Virginia - (Accepted by Health Depts. in SC, NC, GA, AL, VA, PA, NY, RI, WVA ) - NOV2-3, 2019


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: SC, NC, GA, AL, VA, PA, NY, RI, WVA. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 2 weeks ahead of the class.

Limited to 40 people, and no refunds will be available for this event. 

Where: Beech Fork State Park, 5601 Long Branch Rd, Barboursville, WV 25504. To reserve a camping spot, please call 304-528-5794

When: Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm

About the location: Enjoy the outdoors while making lasting memories with your family. Located in the hills of southwestern West Virginia, this 3,144-acre park offers hundreds of campsites, miles of hiking trails and plenty of exciting lake activities for the whole family to enjoy until the sun goes down. The sprawling 720-acre lake has 31 miles of shoreline where you can cast a line and catch some of West Virginia's most popular sport fish. Thinking about a long weekend? Beech Fork is only 12 miles from Huntington and Barboursville, making it a perfect getaway for visitors from neighboring states and cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky.

Taught personally by Tradd Cotter, authorized Mushroom Hunting Instructor. This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a Code 13 policy, have your state contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority. 

NOTE: Wild mushroom sales  in WVA are still pending, the law will go in effect sometimes in 2020
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 (LIST PENDING, we will update once the species list is approved by the health department): 
  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • 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.)

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