Wild Foraged Mushroom Information

Wild mushrooms, like morels and chanterelles, help define the forests of Michigan and provide potential income streams for foragers, farmers, restaurateurs, and food entrepreneurs. But improperly identified, wild mushrooms can also pose serious health risks.

Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom Certification Requirements

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. Working closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), a curriculum to train and certify foragers who commercially harvest and sell wild mushrooms in Michigan has been developed by Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI), the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), and the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA). 

Mushroom Recertification for 2021

After suspending mushroom identification certification and recertification exams in 2020, MAMI has begun offering an online virtual recertification course and exam. The 2021 Wild-foraged Mushroom Certification Program launched on April 16, 2021. 

Certifications for those who took the course in 2015 expired during the 2020 calendar year. Due to COVID-19 and other circumstances, MDARD extended the expiration date for those whose certifications expired in 2020 for one year. These certifications, as well as those expiring in 2021, will now need to be renewed.

Cost of the recertification course and exam is $75, and the certification is good for five years. Funds go directly to MAMI to cover the cost of course supplies and instruction. MDARD does not receive any funds for the certification process.

Once the recertification exam is taken, exam results are generated by MAMI within 72 hours. Those who complete and pass the exam with a satisfactory score of 80% or higher will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion and will be added to MDARD's list of certified mushroom identification experts.

Register for the 2021 Recertification Course Offered by MAMI

NOTE: If you took the recertification course and did not receive your new certificate, please contact Denise Clemens.