Mushroom Recertification Message for MDARD and MAMI websites

Due to the sad and untimely passing of Midwest American Mycological Information Executive Director Chris Wright on January 29, 2020, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, MAMI is not conducting certification or re-certification exams in 2020. MAMI expects certification and re-certification classes to resume in 2021.

Certifications for those who took the course in 2015 expire during the 2020 calendar year. Given these events and ongoing challenges, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has extended the expiration date for those whose certifications expiring in 2020 for one year. New certification cards with the extended expiration date have been sent to all certified mushroom experts whose addresses were available. If your certification expires in 2020, and you did not receive an extension certification card, please contact Denise Clemens.

It is with great sadness to inform you that we have recently lost the Executive Director of MAMI, Dr. Chris Wright, who passed away on January 29, 2020. It was Chris’ vision to introduce mushrooms to people, and to ensure the safe availabilty of wild foraged mushrooms in the marketplace that spawned the founding of MAMI in 2014. He was also the owner of the company Easygrow Mushrooms, which produced mushroom grow kits and mushroom spawn for a wide clientele. Chris was a frequent face at farmers markets and he was well-known for his sense of humor and adventure. His tireless efforts to promote mushroom growing and harvesting, and his expansive knowledge about Michigan mushrooms will be sorely missed.

MAMI intends to continue as a future resource for mushroom enthusiasts in the region. However, due to the sudden and untimely departure of Dr. Wright, there will an adjustment period while the organization is restructured. Please address any questions to mami@midwestmycology.org.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.


Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public charity whose mission is to provide unfettered access to accurate, up-to-date information on topics related to mycology including mushroom identification and cultivation.

Our goals include those to increase awareness of fungi in the environment, on the table, and in the classroom in the Midwestern states.

Wild-foraged Mushroom Identification Certification Program

Working in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), MAMI offers a workshop program that, if successfully completed, will qualify you as an expert mushroom identifier who can lawfully broker select wild-foraged Michigan mushrooms.

This program will help you understand and meet Michigan’s regulations regarding the sale of wild-foraged mushrooms. Through this workshop, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the varieties of wild mushrooms that may be collected and sold in Michigan, meet with noted mycologists, review mushroom identification, become acquainted with MDARD regulations, and much more.

At the end of the workshop you will be administered a test which, if successfully completed, will qualify you to receive an Expert Mushroom Identifier card issued by MDARD.


Contact us at mami@midwestmycology.org.

Midwest American Mycological Services does not offer virtual mushroom identification services of any kind so please do not send pictures of mushrooms for identification.

Information regarding all upcoming MAMI workshops can be found at:
https://midwestmycology.org/workshops/. Any new workshops will be
announced there as soon as the dates are determined.

Congratulations to those who have passed the certification.

Click here to see the complete list of current MDARD-certified mushroom identification experts: