Two separate day-long classes are being offered this month to train and certify foragers who commercially harvest and sell wild mushrooms in Michigan.

Those who would like to learn about mushroom foraging, but do not seek certification, are also welcome to take the class.

The class is being offered by Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI) in partnership with the Michigan Farmers Market Association and the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design.

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 expert.

The full-day training session will focus on the biology and 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 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 any information that may not be clear after reviewing the study material. A study guide and sample test are available.

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. Those who have interest in attending a workshop but not obtaining certification, may attend for $85.

Training dates and locations:

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (exact location TBD)
    Registration 8:30AM; Training Session 9AM – 5PM
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    Les Cheneaux Culinary School, Hessel, Michigan
    Registration 8:30AM; Training Session 9AM – 5PM

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