Wild Foraged Mushroom Information

MDARD Extends Mushroom Re-certification until 2021

Due to the sad and untimely passing of MAMI Executive Director Chris Wright on January 29, 2020, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, MAMI is not conducting certification or re-certification exams in 2020. MAMI expects certification and re-certification classes to resume in 2021. 

Certifications for those who took the course in 2015 expire during the 2020 calendar year. Given these events and ongoing challenges, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has extended the expiration date for those whose certifications expiring in 2020 for one year. New certification cards with the extended expiration date have been sent to all certified mushroom experts whose addresses were available. If your certification expires in 2020, and you did not receive an extension certification card, please contact Denise Clemens.

Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom Certification Requirements

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, these foods can also pose serious health risks.

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 Mycology Information (MAMI), the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), and the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA).