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Ga. and SC Wild Mushroom Safety and Sales Permit Class

August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am - August 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


As of December 2015 the Georgia Department of Health (GADPH) and the GA Department of Agriculture now require all foragers selling wild mushrooms pass a GADPH approved certification course to obtain an official permit. This course is designed for beginners to expert, so no necessary mushroom hunting skills are required and wild mushrooms are in great demand and value. ($15-$60/pound!)

These skills last a lifetime, so come out and enjoy a wonderful weekend near the beach and learn about all the mushrooms you can eat…safely!

Lodging and meals not included.

Penalties for restaurants will be fines and losing a star rating (not good!) for accepting wild mushrooms from unpermitted foragers. Chefs foraging themselves must also obtain a permit if using the mushrooms for their businesses or catering. Foragers will not be allowed to sell at fresh markets without this permit.

Sign Up Here – Limited Space Available
Last Class of 2016 for both SC and GA

Couple or group rates available by contacting Olga at Mushroom Mountain.

Mushroom Mountain, a well known, trusted and respected authority on everything fungal is offering a certification course several times a year in different locations throughout South Carolina and Georgia. The 5-year permit is good for both states and soon many others as the FDA is now asking states to regulate.

Taught personally by Tradd Cotter, currently the only authorized SCDHEC and GADPH Mushroom Hunting Instructor. This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a policy to address FDA Code 3, your state will need to contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority, Tradd is speaking to the regional FDA Food Safety Conference in October to increase the valid range of the permit at no extra cost to the permit holder.

Attendees passing the 5 year mushroom foraging permit for South Carolina, Georgia and Code 3 Approved States will receive certificates and permits for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the State of South Carolina and Georgia.

After 5-years permit holders will only be required to take a refresher exam for a fee of $125 to extend each additional 5 years.
Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 week ahead of the class.

Limited to 50 people, and no refunds will be available for this event unless there is a waiting list.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center – Savannah, Georgia

9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

A wonderful, scenic Wildlife center right outside of Historic Savannah, the island is nestled into the surrounding marsh habitats and houses many native animals in beautiful and spacious enclosures as a bonus to all visitors out strolling around for mushrooms!  This class will accommodate up to 50 attendees. Smoking, pets, and fishing is not permitted anywhere on the Nature Center grounds. Bring your own lunch.

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:

  • Pink Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus)
  • Golden Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius, C.lateritius, C. Appalachiensis)
  • Yellow Morel (Morchella esculenta)
  • Tulip Morel (Morchella deliciosa)
  • Black morel (Morchella elata)
  • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood Ears (Auricula auricularia, A. Fuscosuccinea)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, L.cincinnatus, L.perscinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Lions Mane or Pom Pom (Hericium erinaceus, H.ramosum)
  • White Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus, P. pulmonarius, P. populinus, P. floridanus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis crispa, S.herbstii, S.spathulata)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewits (Clitocybe nuda)
  • Honey (Armillaria ostoyae, A.mellea, A.tabescens)
  • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden Milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus)
  • Pecan Truffle (Tuber lyonii)


August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am
August 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradd Cotter



Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Rd
Savannah, GA 31410 United States
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(912) 395-1212