We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Wild Food Gatherers Guild “Independent Studies” program. This will help fill the gap that has existed between the college student and the wild food enthusiast who wants to carry this study further.
The Certification Test, administered by an independent member of the GMC faculty, will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and must be completed by 2:00 p.m.
Please arrive on time. This is an open book exam, so bring your field guides.
You must have completed both the Wildcrafting I and Wildcrafting II courses. These can be from GMC, VTC or equivalent. Please contact us directly should you have any questions.
You are not expected to know all the plants, mushrooms, etc., but you are expected to know to know the ones you wish to be certified in. For more information, please contact us directly.
You will receive your results by, or before, the end of May in time for Spring Collecting.
We, at the Guild, decided that a passing score of 80%, which is what most states and other certifiers are accepting as a passible degree of proficiency just is not good enough for us, our clientele, and you...the public that depends upon our expertise.
"Certain professions are held to a higher standard of quality because of the potential liability and loss of human life. Given the burden of the public perception particularly for wild mushrooms as being dangerous, it behooves those certified to be able to maintain 100% accuracy on those mushrooms they are certified to collect under all conditions."
You can be assured that everyone that has been certified by the Guild, for a specific mushroom, has passed that test by a score of 100%.
Just in time for the 2017 Spring Season
Certain professions are held to a higher standard of quality because of the potential liability and loss of human life. Given the burden of the public perception particularly for wild mushrooms as being dangerous, it behooves those certified to be able to maintain 100% accuracy on those mushrooms they are certified to collect under all conditions.
Without due diligence, the ease of misidentification, and the accompanying liability; those of us involved in the trade felt it necessary to respond to the crisis that was overtaking us.
With this in mind, the Wild Food Gatherers Guild began offering a two part Intensive Course in Wildcrafting and Wild Mushroom Collecting through Green Mountain College and the VTC-Randolph Campus.
These courses introduced the concept, ethics, historical uses and environmental impact of collecting both wild foods and wild mushrooms, while teaching the correct techniques of botanical identification; harvesting, handling and marketing necessary to meet state and federal regulations.
We are pleased to announce and thank the following people for participating in the first Wild Food Gatherer's Guild Certification for the various skill sets necessary to collect and sell specific wild edible mushrooms to the public in accordance to the requirements of the Revised 2013 FDA Food Code, which regulates food retail and safety.
For the specific wild mushrooms each participant is certified to collect, please contact the Wild Food Gatherers Guild directly.
Elizabeth Doherty Beck Ferguson Roger Holden
Sophia Milkowski James Russell Erica Siclari
Nova Kim & Les Hook Wild Food Gatherers Guild & Cooperative 190 Gilead Brook Road Randolph, VT 05060
The Wild Food Gatherer's Guild & Cooperative