Online workshops planned for safe mushroom foraging


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a two-part online workshop in the spring and fall of 2020 for anyone interested in learning more about identifying and foraging local mushrooms. The first spring workshop will be held on May 5 at 6 p.m. and should last about an hour.
The workshops will be offered via Zoom. To register go to The deadline to register is Friday, May 1. Size is limited to 300 participants. Course fee is free of charge. For questions about online registration contact Katelyn Brinkerhoff at or Carter Oliver at
Instructor Lina Rodriguez Salamanca PhD is a Diagnostician & Extension Plant Pathologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She fell in love with mushrooms while studying microbiology in college and teaches Morel and Oyster Mushroom Certification classes for the state.
Foraging and consumer awareness is important, and there are always risks associated with consuming wild mushrooms. Participants in this virtual workshop will discuss proper identification traits, foraging safety, distinguishing between edible and non-edible varieties and best harvesting practices including how to avoid any potential post-harvest contamination. 
Those who register for both spring and fall online workshops will receive a free Safe Mushroom Foraging Guide developed and published by Dr. Rodriguez Salamanca and her team. 
For more information contact:
Katelyn Brinkerhoff – Horticulture Educator, Woodbury County Extension
Carter Oliver – County Director, Harrison County Extension

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