Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification TIER 1 - NEW HAMPSHIRE - JUL 6-7, 2024

Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification TIER 1 - NEW HAMPSHIRE - JUL 6-7, 2024

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This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 month ahead of the class.

Limited to 30 people. Refunds are only available to those who have not received study materials prior to the class. We might be able to move you to another class in case of emergency.


Doris L Benz Sandwich Community Center

18 Heard Rd.

Center Sandwich, NH 03227

July 6-7, 2024
Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm


For accommodations near the location, please click here


The course will be taught by Dr. Chris Neefus. He has a PhD in Botany and is a Professor of Biology at the University of New Hampshire where teaches several courses including a full semester field and lab course on New England Mushrooms that covers mushroom ecology, taxonomy, identification, cultivation, and cooking. He is also a longtime member of the Boston Mycological Club where he has led numerous mushroom walks and has served on the club’s ID and Executive Committees.

Chris recently moved to Sandwich, New Hampshire. In his spare time, he is an avid forager and grows a variety of mushrooms including shiitakes, oysters, lion’s manes, and nameko.



Arrive and Registration


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




Gallery of Tier 1 Species and Lookalikes. 


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


Distinguishing species in the Porcini (Boletus edulis) group, the Hedghog (Hydnum) group, and the Golden Milky (Lactifluus) group


Dissections and Specimen Discussions, Fresh and Dried


Review for Exam

Day 2:


Field Trip – Fresh specimen field ID

1:00 pm

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


Final Exam

According to state regulations, wild foraged mushrooms species must be individually inspected and found to be safe by a licensed mushroom identification expert that: 

(A) Has met the education requirement and passed an exam and 

(B) Will harvest only those mushrooms species listed below: 

  • Morels (Morchella americana, M. angusticeps, M. puntipes)
    • Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus, C. cibarius group, C. flavus, C. lateritius,
    C. minor)
    • Black trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
    • Lion's Mane / Pom Pom / Bear's Head (Hericium erinaceus, H. Americanum, H.
    • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus, P. populinus, P. pulmonarius)
    • King bolete / Porcini / Cep / Steinpilz (Boletus edulis, B. atkinsonii, B.
    chippewaensis, B. nobilis, B. separans, B. subcaerulescens, B. variipes)
    • Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare)
    • Maitake / Hen-of-the-woods (Grifola frondosa)
    • Wine Cap / King stropharia / Garden Giant (Stropharia rugosoannulata)
    • Cauliflower (Sparassis americana, S. spathulata)
    • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
    • Green Quilted Russula (Russula parvovirescens, R. crustosa)
    • Jelly Ear / Wood Ear (Auricularia americana)
    • Blewit (Lepista nuda)
    • Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus)
    • Trumpet Chanterelles (Craterellus ignicolor, C. tubaeformis, C.
    caeruleofuscus, C. faetidus)
    • Beefsteak Polypore (Fistulina hepatica)
    • Sweet Tooth / Hedgehog (Hydnum subgenus Hydnum)
    • Depressed Hedgehog (Hydnum subgenus Rufescentia)
    • White Hedgehog (Hydnum subgenus Alba)
    • Corregated Milky (Lactifluus corrugis)
    • Orange Milky (Lactifluus hygrophoroides)
    • Tawny or Voluminous Milky (Lactifluus volemus)
Upon successful completion of this course, the permit holder must submit a Wild Harvested Mushroom application with the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to be able to offer mushrooms to consumers or retail food establishments. You will be able to sell only those species on the Tier 1 list.

For Wild Harvested Mushroom Harvester Application, please click here.