August 3-5, 2015 | 9am-4pm
Vermont Tech - Randolph Center Campus
Field trips will be taken off campus but will depart and return from Randolph Center each day.
The basic course cost is $250.
There is the option to take this course for academic credit with an additional fee of $100. Lodging is available on campus at a very competitive rate. Please inquire about options when you register.
(Part 2 of a course of study that can lead to certification by the Wild Food Gatherers Guild). This class is a stand alone class or may be used towards the Wild Food Gatherers Guild Certification - Level One.
This course will introduce the concept, ethics, historical uses and environmental impact of collecting wild and introduced mushrooms, while teaching the correct techniques of botanical identification, spore printing, field guide keys and other identification techniques. A variety of the most common mushrooms found in Vermont will be reviewed. Harvesting, handling, preparation, marketing as well as State and federal regulations will also be covered. There is an outdoor collecting component to this course. Upon completion, students will possess the essential foundational skills and techniques used in botanical identification for safe and ethical collecting.
After successful completion of all course work and a score of 100% on all examinations of all three courses, students will be eligible for the Wild Food Gatherers Guild Certification - Level One. This is in anticipation of Revised 2013 FDA Food Codes. Students interested in natural resources, marketing and entrepreneurial practices, environmental impacts and sustainability will benefit from this course.