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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, August 31, 2020

7th North American Mushroom Conference Pieter J.C. Vedder CO₂ and Temperature Management

After showing you the Review Quotation: Pieter J.C. Vedder; One of the Best Teachers in Mushroom Growing in the World (just click on link), I'd love to share my husband Pieter's lecture with you. This was given at the very same Conference, on the previous day. Listen to video below.
Dr. Pieter Vedder CO and Temperature Management
Husband Pieter was the speaker on the 1st day and he also was one of the first ones to perform.
Especially for those that only read Pieter J.C. Vedder's Publications but never heard his voice...
Just click to watch video.

Don't forget to click on 'CC' for seeing English caption...

For actually seeing Pieter, watch him by clicking here: Techniques for Harvesting Quality Mushrooms  & Gratitude to Mushrooms Canada as he introduces me.
The newest addition is available in English with worldwide print on demand publishing.
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting just click link. Amazon is listing full information! Others might omit it...

Related links:
7th North American Mushroom Conference at The Roosevelt in New Orleans | previous post by me
The Roosevelt New Orleans with View of Mississippi and French Quarter + New Orleans Cooking School | previous post by me
FOUND the GUMBO and JAMBALAYA Recipe from New Orleans School of Cooking | previous post by me
Our Long Awaited Mississippi River Cruise | previous post by me
{After Christmas Sales: Humility - Tolerance - Patience - Integrity - Compassion} | previous post by me
We DID go back to New Orleans! | previous post by me

Saturday, August 29, 2020

August 29, 1983 We Immigrated to the USA

Already 37 years ago since we moved from The Netherlands to the USA...
Easy to remember as it was on my youngest brother Jan's birthday.
Little Mauzie the Dachshund flew with us.
She was a feisty little girl, and lived exactly to the day 2 years as an immigrant doggie...
Miss her, she was oh so smart and easy.
Husband Pieter and I, with Mauzie stand at the site for the Campbell Soup mushroom plant, on November 26 of 1983.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting

Yay, we finally got them all uploaded as of this morning!
Becoming an Indie Publisher and Co-Author is NOT an easy task...
But we can rightfully say: Mission Accomplished 
Photos are made at the studio of Gillis Video click for info.
We both are grateful to Mr. Gil for his excellent work and above all, for having a photo with both of us together.
Here we proudly show the Hardback.
Uploaded the EPUB this morning, with IngramSpark, so now all 3 forms are available.
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting Ebook: ISBN 978-1-7352413-2-6
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting Paperback ISBN 978-1-7352413-0-2
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting Hardback ISBN 978-1-7352413-1-9
All, for Worldwide Print On Demand and in English, not American English.
Once more we went back to our roots as we both studied Oxford English... 
We had the help of a professional graphic designer: Elisabeth Heissler Design from the U.K.
Found her via Reedsy.com and we selected her, because of her academic and educational publishing experience. Click on link above.
She got me started, after doing the interior design for me, to type away for my 12 chapters and many sub chapters, which I did send her one by one via WeTransfer.
For several days I got this message 'Welcome back! as I continued typing ahead...
Aside from the Interior Design she also did the Typesetting and inserted all Figures and Tables and helped with the more complicated Tables that I could not do... too old for learning it all!
Yep, that's a lot of words! And complicated ones due to the scientific nature of the book. 
But I got to the end of its 12 chapters.
We did the final corrections and editing of the Proofs, using Adobe Pro, for placing sticky notes for Elisabeth, to change.
At times you can laugh, like here, with the funny abbreviation of thresholds. You see my sticky note next to it.
Yes, our entire book is done in metric, as that is for us the natural way, being Dutch by birth and also in regard to worldwide publishing.
Funny is that legally, the US also is metric, but it only is being used in the medical world and some other industries...
Final print ready PDF for uploading...
And after Elisabeth's vacation, she did the conversion and formatting for the Ebook
It sure was quite a challenging task with its 448 pages, some 240 Figures and lots of them in full color. Also 30 Tables.
Husband Pieter did the illustrations and most of the photos. Some he got from a University such as an electron microscope enlargement 80.000x of virus particles.
We are grateful to the special people that created the Forewords.
We had NO SPONSORS... this is by no means a book for promoting  certain mushroom spawn companies, ingredients, any machinery or turn key projects.
We tried to offer a combination of scientific facts with a good portion of practical (personal) experience, gained over a lifetime. 
Also using profound mushroom growing terminology.
Doing it all on our own; purchasing the ISBNs from Bowker Identifier Services for use with each format.
 Also going through the very tedious and complicated process of applying for copy rights.
Guess, all government offices are complex! Sure, they make you pay up front... Haha.
The good thing was that after speaking first with a very helpful and friendly lady, I knew I only needed to apply once for all three formats!
We really were so happy after having received the proof prints of our book!
Thanks Mr. Gil for capturing us together... as Team Vedder
Pieter holding the Hardcover book in his hand
P. J.C. Vedder and M. Van den Munckhof-Vedder the authors for Modern Mushroom Growing 2020 Harvesting
It started out in 1961 with the 1st Dutch edition, a total of 5 Dutch editions.
Center bottom row shows the compact German edition
Husband Pieter J.C. Vedder also wrote for elementary schools about paddestoelen (mushrooms) and subject matter for Agricultural Schools.
We produced numerous training manuals for Campbell Soup and other companies we worked for...
Aside from the 5 Dutch editions above and the German, here are the other foreign languages, including our newest edition.
Hardcover front and spine
Hardcover back
Hardcover flap
Excerpt from foreword by Jack A. McDaniel, Pennsylvania/USA
Both of us worked with him for Campbell Soup's Mushroom Division
Excerpt of foreword by Ir. P. Jan Smits
We all three worked for the Practical Training Centre at that time when Pieter was still its Principal

Yes, our books are available POD (Print On Demand) worldwide and also via Universities and Libraries.
We opted for publishing with IngramSpark for this reason and for lowering the shipping cost.

ISBN-13: 978-1735241319

modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting hardback at Amazon USA but scroll down to the information they provide! You can also look inside. Not all international book sellers show this info...
That's where I also published the 6 Mushroom Editorial Reviews from, they're all listed here below this post.

Look for our book in your own country at any Big Book seller, Library or University! We published worldwide print on demand (POD) for keeping shipping costs LOW!!!
 modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting click link for viewing some worldwide distributors via BookFinder.com.

On September 4, our Hardback modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting book is listed as #53 Best Sellers in Crop Science (Books)
On September 6, in the United Arab Emirates ranking #2 in Agricultural Science...
When I woke up, it was #3 in Agricultural Science; #12 in Technology and #28 in Engineering in the UAE
The above is from the UK, also on September 6. #44 in Crop Husbandry; 200 in Agricultural Science and 311 in Agriculture Industry
As of January 25, 2023 there now also is a Russian translation. We granted our Ukrainian friend Maksym Yenchenko legal permission for translating our book, together with his UMDIS team.
Not an easy task during the ongoing war in the Ukraine but they finally managed.
Russian speaking people can find it here: vedder.umdis ←click link.
With thanks and appreciation to Maksym Yenchenko and his team!

Those that never met husband Pieter, can see and hear him here: P.J.C. Vedder on Mushroom Cultivation during Technology Transfer Seminar part 1

Related links:
Editorial Review by British Mushroom Journal: P.J.C. Vedder as an Eminent Mushroom Expert, and a Gifted Teacher is Greatly Valued and Admired Internationally | previous post

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Editiorial Review from CEO Campbell Soup: You Brought a World-Renowned Professionalism to our Operations when they Sorely Needed Expertise

Final 'Mushroom' Editorial Review, that I used for our new book.
This is all said by others, and you can either hear them say it, or read their words.
No self-aggrandizement as we both loath that.
As Pieter always said: 'Let others figure out, how good you really are, no need for putting yourself on a pedestal'.
Sure, having to say goodbye to your employer is never easy, but if you do receive such a meaningful letter as a farewell, it is different.
From R. Gordon McGovern, President Campbell Soup Company:
Dear Pieter:
The announcement of your leaving for Italy could not pass by without my writing a note of thanks for your contribution to Campbell mushrooms.
You brought a world-renowned professionalism to our operations when they sorely needed expertise.
All of us here wish to express our appreciation and best wishes. We hope succeeding generations can live up to your standards.
R. Gordon McGovern

This was sent to our apartment in Cornuda, Treviso/Italy where we then lived and worked.
Another valued editorial quote which I used for our new publication: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting click link. Amazon is listing full information! modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting  click it.
Others might omit it...

Related links:
Editorial Review by British Mushroom Journal: P.J.C. Vedder as an Eminent Mushroom Expert, and a Gifted Teacher is Greatly Valued and Admired Internationally | previous post
The Three Most Important Items for Mushroom Production 'Compost, Compost, Compost!' | editorial written by Campbell colleague upon Pieter's resignation and departure to Italy...

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Editorial Review by British Mushroom Journal: P.J.C. Vedder as an Eminent Mushroom Expert, and a Gifted Teacher is Greatly Valued and Admired Internationally

British Mushroom Journal
Good-bye P.J.C. Vedder
As you may have seen in the last number of Champignoncultuur, P.J.C. Vedder retired on 1st August as Director of the Centre for Instruction in Mushroom Production. He will take up a job in the United States afterwards.
In the past years, Vedder has made a considerable contribution to the development of Dutch mushroom production. As an eminent mushroom expert, and a gifted teacher, he expanded the CCO to an institution which is greatly valued and admired, not only at national level, but also internationally. The governing body regard his departure as a great loss to Dutch mushroom production.
This got published in the September 1983 issue from The Mushroom Journal click link for Pdf from International Society of Mushroom Science (ISMS)

Another valued editorial quote which I used for our new publication: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting click link. Amazon is listing full information! Others might omit it...

Related links:
Editorial Review by Dr. Murray O'Neil: You Are Both Beautiful Natural Teachers  | previous post by me
Techniques for Harvesting Quality Mushrooms & Gratitude to Mushrooms Canada | previous post by me about Technology Transfer Seminar mentioning Dr. Murray O'Neil
The Three Most Important Items for Mushroom Production 'Compost, Compost, Compost!' | editorial written by Campbell colleague upon Pieter's resignation and departure to Italy...

Friday, August 21, 2020

Editorial Review by Dr. Murray O'Neil: You Are Both Beautiful Natural Teachers

We both do treasure a letter from the late Dr. Murray O'Neil, then owner of Highline Produce Ltd. Mushroom Growers in Canada.
After we both conducted the Mushroom Technology Transfer Seminar in Vineland, Ontario/Canada we received the above letter.
'Speaking for all of us I just can't express adequately how much we enjoyed and were helped by your visit.
You are both beautiful, natural teachers - a skill possessed of far too few "teachers" generally.

We proudly used this quote for our new book's 'Mushroom' Editorial Reviews: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting click link. Amazon is listing full information! Others might omit it...

Related links:

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Review Quotation: Pieter J.C. Vedder; One of the Best Teachers in Mushroom Growing in the World

 It is quite special for hearing your boss brag about you at a Conference!
Not just any Conference, but at the 7th North American Mushroom Conference,
March 8, 1988, in New Orleans
Review Quotation: Pieter J.C. Vedder; One of the Best Teachers in Mushroom Growing click below, for hearing those words, spoken by Pieter's boss, on video.
Short clip...
Don't forget to click on 'CC' for seeing English caption...
with a beautiful stylized mushroom...
Just some of Dr. Miller's talk in text...
Followed by the top image.
Pieter mentioned, Dr. Miller should have phrased it better, for not growing mushrooms on aluminium racks but instead they grow ON COMPOST! It is the people of course, that make a good substrate (compost) or not...
On the 1st day of the Conference, husband Pieter was a speaker for the 2nd session.
The next day, during the 9th session, Dr. Robert Miller was the speaker about a Large Size Farm. Where I marked ON VIDEO VOICE in red.
That large farm was Campbell Soup's Mushroom Division

A treasure for having these spoken words!

Used them for the Indie Publishing of our new book: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting as one of its Editorial Reviews. Amazon is listing full information! Others might omit it...

Monday, August 17, 2020

Editorial Review: P.J.C. Vedder's Modern Mushroom Growing - The Content is so Clear and Comprehensive

On March 18, 1966, husband Pieter got a review for his German book about Modern Mushroom Growing.
Mr. Erich Hüllen, Federation of German Mushroom Growers wrote:
'The content is so clear and comprehensive that even the oldest mushroom growers can still learn here. 
Above all, you not only explain how to do it, you also say how not to do it.
Figure 64. in the Dutch version shows husband Pieter to the left.
Converting manure (mainly horse manure at that time) using a special small manure machine at the experimental station in Horst. It is important that the added substances are distributed very well among the manure (photo Brenneker).
Yes, Pieter certainly understood fully what he was writing about!
Having done the entire process himself, gave him good practical insights, which he then could write about in his books and publications for the mushroom industry.
Original content from first hand experience...
Above photo got taken in 1962.
German version of P.J.C. Vedder's book Modern Mushroom Growing
Director of the Centre of the Mushroom Culture School in Horst/Limburg (Holland)
March 18, 1966
Dear Mr. Vedder
I am on holiday for some time and have time and leisure to think about a lot. I feel the need to write to you and say how grateful we are to you for allowing us to publish from your book 'Modern Mushroom Growing'. The content is so clear and comprehensive that even the oldest mushroom growers can still learn here. Above all, you not only explain how to do it, but you also say how not to do it.
I only regret that it was not possible from the publisher to publish a translation of your entire book in German (they were short on funds...).
Thank you again and recommend me to Mr. and Dr. Bels. 
With kind greetings
Your very devoted
Erich Hüllen
This is from the Dutch publication 'Moderne Champignoncultuur' from 1962-3 where husband Pieter 'feeds' Iwan.
Iwan (the terrible) a small converted threshing machine which they used initially.
Later the design for larger scale compost turners became possible.
Yes, those were still the pioneering days!

Related links:
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | our book with mention of editorial reviews
The Three Most Important Items for Mushroom Production 'Compost, Compost, Compost!' | Written in 1989 by Tom Gannon and published in CAMPBELL'S NEWSLETTER

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Editorial Review: P.J.C. Vedder's Modern Mushroom Growing - Europe's Best Trade Book

 Soon I will be doing a post about our newly published book, but first I want to launch some of the Editorial Reviews for P.J.C. Vedder, as an author.
On Tuesday, August 20, 1968, upon the publication of the 3rd version of Pieter's Dutch book, journalist Jan Derks from newspaper Dagblad voor Noord-Limburg wrote: 'Fascinating visions behind Europe's best trade book'.
Boeiende visies achter Europa's beste vakboek or in English: Fascinating visions behind Europe's best trade book. 
The German version got published in 1966, thus covering The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
A trade book for the Mushroom Industry that is...
Moderne Champignonteelt or in English: Modern Mushroom Growing.
The jacket on this hardback depicts the mosaic artwork that was used on the wall, in the hallway of the Experimental Station for Mushroom Growing, where Pieter worked as a Teacher.
Earlier I've explained that for this 1st and only Training Centre in the World, there were no study books yet. So Pieter wrote them. He also wrote several Design Curriculum books for Agricultural schools and a simpler version about Mushrooms at School, for primary schools.
Thus building up quite a knowledge base.
Tuesday, August 20, 1968
P.J.C. Vedder, Author of Modern Mushroom Growing is ninety percent sure: 'Mushroom farm of the future will look like a hospital'.
Well, it certainly DOES! Both of us have been very strong in our training about creating awareness for hygiene as in this business so many diseases can be the result of 'being off'... We're dealing with bacteria and even a very detrimental virus disease.
The biggest chapter in our new book is about Pests and Diseases.
Quite an extensive article... and a great 'mushroom' editorial review.

Pieter, at that time was smoking cigarettes and his pipe... a lot of stress and pressure, for setting up this successful Training Centre from scratch! 
Writing useful articles for Mushroom Magazines, in German and Dutch and for his books, all original content.
There were few that had covered the subject from A to Z.
Sinden on Mushrooms, was a book compiled from several papers on the subject and also Pieter's boss P.J. Bels had started a handbook on which Pieter built further, in a more comprehensible way with his own photographs added.
Writing any scientific book has to be ACCURATE!
Pieter had the rare ability to explain in a very practical way to his students why certain procedures were so important and above all, how not to proceed.
This was the beginning, in Dutch and German language still, but other countries also got his book, still learning from it.
It of course prompted him to publish in several more languages!

Thanks for your visit and comment!

Related links:
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | our book with mention of editorial reviews
1982 Sinden Award for Pieter at The Hotel Majestic, Harrogate, England | about the most prestigious award in the Mushroom Industry


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