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.


Day 1:

9:00am Arrive and Registration
9:30am Permit Overview and Guideline, Exam Description Proper Handling, Storage, Packaging, Safety Regulations Ethics and Protecting Forests, Picking for Resale, State by State Guidelines
10:00am PPT – Permit Overview, Deadly and Poisonous Toxins and Treatments
11:00am Ecology Walk and Collections
Noon Lunch (not included in price, please bring your own), Photos for IDs
1:00pm Gallery of Tested Species and Identification Traits. Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried
3:00-4:00pm Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried
4:00-5:00pm Review for Exam 1

Day 2:

9:00am Arrive and Exam 1
10:00am Gallery of Permitted Mushrooms Species and Features
11:00am-1:00 pm Lunch Break & Review for Exam on your own
1:00-5:00pm Final Exam

State-by-State Approved Species List

Includes Additional Health Safety Protocols (Updated October 5, 2018)

South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island

  • Pink Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus)
  • Golden Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius, C.lateritius, C. Appalachiensis)
  • Yellow Morel (Morchella esculenta)
  • Tulip Morel (Morchella deliciosa)
  • Black morel (Morchella elata)
  • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood Ears (Auricula auricularia, A. Fuscosuccinea)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, L.cincinnatus, L.perscinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Lions Mane or Pom Pom (Hericium erinaceus, H.ramosum)
  • White Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus, P. pulmonarius, P. populinus, P.floridanus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis crispa, S.herbstii, S.spathulata)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewits (Clitocybe nuda)
  • Honey (Armillaria ostoyae, A.mellea, A.tabescens)
  • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden Milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus)
  • Pecan Truffle (Tuber lyonii)
SC, PA, NY & 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 days

North Carolina

  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis crispa, S.herbstii, S.spathulata)
  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius, C.lateritius, C. cinnabarinus, C. appalachiensis)
  • Chicken of the Wood (Laetiporus sulphureus, L.cincinnatus, L.perscinus)
  • Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
  • Comb Tooth (Hericium ramosum)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Honey (Armillaria ostoyae, A.mellea)
  • Indigo Milk Cap (Lactarius indigo)
  • Leatherback (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus)
  • Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Morel (Morchella esculenta, M. deliciosae, M. elata
  • Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon, Calvatia)
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


  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Black Trumpet or Horn of Plenty (Craterellus fallax)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Bolete species: Queen Bolete (Boletus aereus), King Bolete or Cep or Porcini (Boletus edulis)
  • Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis crispa)
  • Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
  • Chanterelle species (Cantharellus spp.)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, L. cincinnatus, L. persicinus)
  • Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)
  • Golden Milky (Lactarius corrugis, L. volemus)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Hen of the Woods or Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Honey (Armillaria ostoyae, A. mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Lion’s Mane or Bear’s Head or Bearded Tooth (Hericium erinaceus, H. ramosum, H. americana)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)
  • Pecan Truffle (Tuber lyonii)
  • Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum, G. applanatum, G. curtisii)
  • Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
  • Woods Ear (Auricula auricularia, A. fuscosuccinea)
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

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