Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - PENNSYLVANIA - AUG 3-4, 2024
Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - PENNSYLVANIA - AUG 3-4, 2024

Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - PENNSYLVANIA - AUG 3-4, 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, Virginia, Pennsylvannia, 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: Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA 18080

9am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Accommodations: For ideas please click here

When: Aug 3-4, 2024, 9am-5pm (SAT-SUN)

Taught by Christine Gagnon. Although Christine was first introduced to edible wild mushrooms as a child in Quebec, she did not begin her deep dive into mushroom identification until 2018. At that point she jumped in with both feet and over her head to absorb as much information as quickly as possible. Christine has an art education degree from Massachusetts College of Art, but now uses her education experience to teach others about mushrooms. She started her own company called Uncanoonuc Foraging Company where she leads group and private walks in several states to introduce people to the world of culinary mushrooms. She is also a founder of NH Myco Weekend where enthusiasts gather to learn and to spend time with others in the local Myco community.

Her philosophy is that no matter how much you know, there is always more to learn and there are people who know things you don’t. We all learn from each other. 
Christine lives in New Hampshire with Her husband Paul who is a potter, and her two dogs. They have 3 adult children but are now navigating life as empty nesters. 
Christine has been featured on NH Chronicle, NHPR, NPR’s Here and Now, Diary of a Nation Podcast, and The Hippo.
“I *HIGHLY* recommend Christine's mushroom walks. I've taken a few mushroom walks with a few different pros, and Christine is just the best- especially for beginners. The information she gives is thorough but not overwhelming. She makes mushrooms approachable for any purpose- no matter what what your goal. She answers all questions with enthusiasm and an obvious love for what she does. She's terrific with all ages- seniors, families, and even extremely loud and inquisitive 13 year old boys who already "know it all" ...

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 here: https://mushroommountain.com/approved-mushrooms-by-state/

General Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1:


Arrive and Registration


Permit Overview and Guideline, Exam Description Proper Handling, Storage, Packaging, Safety Regulations Ethics and Protecting Forests, Picking for Resale, State by State Guidelines, Deadly and Poisonous Toxins and Treatments


Mushroom Hunt and Collections


Lunch (not included in price, please bring your own), Photos for IDs


Gallery of Tested Species and Lookalikes. Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried


Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried


Review for Exam 1

Day 2:


Arrive and Exam 1


Gallery of Permitted Mushrooms Species and Features

11:00am-1:00 pm

Lunch Break & Review for Exam on your own, looping study slides


Final Exam