Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification  - NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 26-27, 2024

Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 26-27, 2024

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This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the state health departments and formally approved for the foraging and selling of wild mushrooms in the following states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 month ahead of the class.

Limited to 40 people, and no refunds will be available for this event. We might be able to move you to another class in case of emergency.

Where: Terra Nova Center of the Brigade of Light
110 Terra Nova Ln. Cedar Mountain, NC 28718

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About Terra Nova Center of the Brigade of Light:

Embrace tranquility and spiritual rejuvenation at Terra Nova Center of The Brigade of Light, an oasis nestled amidst the breathtaking North Carolina mountains. Since 1992, this non-profit sanctuary has been a haven for individuals seeking solace, connection, and a deeper understanding of self. Immerse yourself in serene surroundings, participate in transformative workshops, and connect with like-minded individuals in this sacred space dedicated to holistic wellness and spiritual awareness.

When: April 26-27, 2024, Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Taught personally by Kenny Rupert.

Kenny Rupert has been building his mycological expertise for over 23 years, studying the nuances of fungi identification while keeping up with the ever-changing taxonomy.  He has held positions as the business manager and wild edibles teacher for No Taste Like Home, teacher for Mushroom Mountain's Wild Mushroom Certification class, and local mushroom expert and manager for Wild Purveyors.  He is the administrator of several identification groups throughout the United States and a few internationally.  Today he leads mushroom tours all over North Carolina and across the southeast.

This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a Code 13 policy, your state will need to contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority. 

According to state law, wild foraged mushrooms species must be individually inspected and found to be safe by an approved mushroom identification expert that: 

(A) Has met the requirements of knowledge and passed an exam and 

(B) Will harvest only those mushrooms species listed below (Check the Approved Species List for your state’s allowed species)

  • Chanterelles (Cantharellus spp. Exception C. persicinus)
  • Blue chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex)
  • Morels (Morchella spp.)
  • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood ears (Auricularia spp.)
  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus spp. Exception L. persicinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum, H. albomagnum)
  • Lions mane / Pom Pom / Bearded tooth / Bear’s head (Hericium spp.)
  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp. Exception Pleurotus levis, P. dryinus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis spp.)
  • Maitake / Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, A. tabescens)
  • Blue milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden and burgundy milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus, L. hygrophoroides)
  • Pecan truffle (Tuber spp.)
  • Puffballs (Lycoperdon spp., Calvatia spp.)
  • Bolete species: King bolete / Cep / Porcini (Boletus edulis, B. chippewaensis)
  • Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
  • Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma curtisii, G. tsugae, G. sessile)
  • Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
  • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
  • Candycap mushroom (Lactarius rubidus, L. fragilis, L. camphoratus)
  • Saffron milky (Lactarius deliciosus)
  • Hawk’s wing (Sarcodon imbricatus)
  • Enoki (Flammulina velutipes)
  • Shrimp Russula (Russula xerampelina)
  • Umbrella Polypore (Cladomeris umbellata)
  • Green Quilted Russula (Russula virescens, Russula parvovirescens, Russula crustosa)