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*Wild Mushroom Foraging Certification Programs Scheduled for Spring*

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For immediate release: March 21, 2016
Contact: Chris Wright <[log in to unmask]>, 248-957-8881
Media Contact: Jennifer Holton <[log in to unmask]>, 517-284-5724

LANSING – Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI), in partnership
with the Michigan Farmers Market Association and the Institute for
Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design, will offer two educational
courses this spring to train and certify foragers who commercially harvest
and sell wild mushrooms in Michigan. Successful completion of the program
is recognized by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural
Development as sufficient to qualify as an approved mushroom identification

Michigan’s Food Code requires that mushroom species picked in the wild must
be obtained from sources where each mushroom is individually inspected and
found to be safe by an approved mushroom identification expert.
Organizations and businesses such as restaurants, retail grocery stores and
farmers markets who either buy direct from mushroom sellers or provide
space from which such people may sell, are required by law to ensure all
sellers of wild-foraged mushrooms do so in accordance with federal and
state law.

The certification program is designed to ensure a participant will, upon
successful completion, qualify to meet the requirements of Michigan to
harvest, broker and sell wild-harvested mushrooms in the state. The
full-day training session will focus on the biology and morphological
characteristics used in the identification of mushrooms, as well as a
review of every species of wild-foraged mushroom approved for sale in
Michigan. The day will include hands-on work with specimens, direct
interaction with mycologists, and a written exam at the end of the day.

Participants must study all materials beforehand and come prepared to pass
the test. The workshop should be considered a review session to confirm
what has already been studied, and to clarify with mycologists any
information that may not be clear after reviewing the study material. A
study guide and sample test are available on MAMI’s website at

A test score of 80 percent or higher is required to receive a certification
as an approved mushroom identification expert, and the certification is
valid for five years. Refunds will not be issued to those who do not pass
the test.

Cost for the training, which includes lunch, is $175 per person for those
who wish to be certified. Farmers, farmers market managers, chefs,
restaurant owners, purchasing agents for grocers, and others who may have
interest in attending a workshop but not necessarily in obtaining
certification, may attend for the reduced rate of $85.

Registration is available online at Payment must
be made in advance when you register. Space is limited so register early.

Training dates and locations:

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (exact location TBD)
Registration 8:30 am; Training Session 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Les Cheneaux Culinary School, Hessel, Michigan
Registration 8:30 am; Training Session 9 am – 5 pm

For more information, contact Chris Wright, Midwest American Mycological
Information, at [log in to unmask], or visit


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