Second online workshop for safe mushroom foraging set

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering the second of a two-part online workshop on August 4, 2020. Anyone interested in learning more about identifying and foraging local mushrooms is encouraged to register. The August 4 workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing.
 
To register go to https://bit.ly/isumush2. The deadline to register is noon on Monday, August 3. Size is limited to 300 participants. The course is free of charge. For questions about online registration contact Katelyn Brinkerhoff at kbrink@iastate.edu or Carter Oliver at cpoliver@iastate.edu.
 
Instructor Lina Rodriguez Salamanca PhD is a Diagnostician & Extension Plant Pathologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Along with this online class, she teaches Morel and Oyster Mushroom Certification classes for the state. Note: This online class is for general mushroom foraging information and is not a certification course. 
 
Foraging and consumer awareness is important, and there are always risks associated with consuming wild mushrooms. Participants in this 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 registered for both online workshops will receive a free Safe Mushroom Foraging Guide developed and published by Dr. Rodriguez Salamanca and her team. The guide provides guidance on the time of year each mushroom is available, key characteristics, habitat and look-alike mushrooms. It shares information on common mushroom myths and best practices for searching for them in the wild. The guide is available as a free .pdf download through the ISU Extension and Outreach online store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/15836. It features a variety of charts and full color photographs to help hunters identify mushrooms.

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