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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

Wild-foraged mushroom certifications expire five years after they are issued. To maintain valid certification as a wild-foraged mushroom identification expert, recertification is required.

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. 

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

An Important Message from MAMI

MAMI’s official website is currently unavailable. MAMI is working to restore the website. The domain name was previously registered under MAMI’s former director, Dr. Chris Wright, who passed away in 2020. Dates and locations for the 2022 certification workshops are being planned. Contact MAMI directly at mamimycology@gmail.com and visit https://midwestmycology.wpcomstaging.com for updates. If you would like to be notified about the 2022 schedule, please complete this form with your contact information.