Safe Mushroom Foraging


Foraging and consumer awareness are essential, and there are always risks associated with consuming wild mushrooms.  Classes for anyone interested in being certified to sell wild-harvested mushrooms within the state of Iowa see Wild-harvested Mushrooms Certification.

Participants in this virtual workshop offered in 2020 were introduced to proper identification traits, foraging safety, distinguishing between edible and non-edible varieties, and best harvesting practices, including avoiding any potential post-harvest contamination.

If you want to learn more about mushrooms common in IA, including a calendar of historical occurrence, role in nature, and known toxicity, see the following resources: 


Safe mushroom foraging field guide (printed and free pdf file)



Videos and web Mushrooms calendar available

Videos and web Mushrooms calendar available