Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification

This is a 5 year mushroom foraging permit that will allow for sale of wild, foraged mushrooms. The class is a 2 day event, hosted several times a year in different regions. Every state has slightly different rules, which are taught in each class by one of our 6 instructors. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 2 weeks ahead of the class. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR THIS CLASS, unless there is a waiting list.

This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the following states:
Georgia | South Carolina | Pennsylvania | New YorkNorth Carolina  | Virginia

We reserve the right to change the price of this class without any notice. Thank you for understanding. Email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to check out the offerings for classes in various states. Here is a list of classes, where you will need to register through other venues. To sign up, look for directions on our calendar.

Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, NC – Taught by Stesha Parrish
October 19-20, 2019
April 25, 26, 2019

Agenda

Day 1:

9:00amArrive and Registration
9:15amPermit Overview and Guideline, Exam Description
Proper Handling, Storage, Packaging, Safety Regulations Ethics and Protecting Forests, Picking for Resale, State by State Guidelines, Deadly and Poisonous Toxins and Treatments
10:30amEcology Walk and Collections
  
NoonLunch (not included in price, please bring your own), Photos for IDs
1:00pmGallery of Tested Species and Lookalikes. Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried
3:00-4:00pmDissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried
4:00-5:00pmReview for Exam 1

Day 2:

9:00amArrive and Exam 1
10:00amGallery of Permitted Mushrooms Species and Features
11:00am-1:00 pmLunch Break & Review for Exam on your own, looping study slides
1:00-5:00pmFinal Exam

State-by-State Approved Species List

Includes Additional Health Safety Protocols (Updated August 20, 2019)

SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA,  RHODE ISLAND

  • 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.)

SC & RI Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days.

GA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 90 day

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • 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)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)

NC Requirements: Harvest Log, NC Wild Mushroom Verification Form (Forager is approved at Health Department). TAGS available at health department for attaching to boxes. Restaurants retain a copy of verification form and tags for 90 days after purchase.

Verification Form: https://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/docs/forms/WildMushroomBuyerVerificationForm-FINAL-May2017.pdf

Link to Position Statements: https://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/docs/position/WildForagedMushroomPositionStatement-FINAL-May12-2017.pdf

VIRGINIA

  • 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.)
  • 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)

VA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 90 days once container is emptied.

Wild Mushroom Harvester Application: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/mushroom-harvester-application.pdf
Wild Mushroom Retail Sales Application:
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/mushroom-retail-application.pdf

PENNSYLVANIA

  • 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)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)

PA Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days.

Link to position statements: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/consumer_protection/FoodSafety/Eggs-Fruit-Vegetables/Documents/Guidance%20for%20Wild%20Mushroom%20Harvesters%20in%20PA.pdf

NEW YORK

  • 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)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)

NY Requirements: Harvest Log, Tracking numbers on Boxes and Invoices. Restaurants retain records for 30 days. It is not legal in New York to sell wild mushrooms as of yet. As soon as it is, we will update this page. 

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