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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 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

modern mushroom growing 2020 - harvesting - published in Mushroom Business



 Via Snail Mail we did receive the English language Mushroom Business bi-monthly magazine.

It arrived close to November... and a week later we received 'already' their November issue.

We both are grateful to the owner Roel Dreve, of Mushroom Business (click link above). 

'Modern mushroom growing 2020 - Harvesting'

Pieter and Mariette Vedder have published a new handbook for mushroom growers, which combines their expertise of 60 years of training and consulting.

Pieter Vedder counts as one on the great influencers of the Dutch mushroom industry. With a background in horticulture, he became involved in the emerging Agaricus sector and worked at the Experimental Station in Horst, and as consultant on farms (as a government extension service officer, before joining the Experimental Station). He was the founder and director of the CCO, the 'Mushroom School' in Horst (1963) where he taught the ins and outs of mushroom growing for 20 years, and where his wife Mariette worked as well. In 1961, he wrote his first handbook 'Modern Mushroom Growing' that was published and translated in many languages. For this, he received the prestigious Sinden Award of the British MGA. In 1983 he and his wife left for the USA, where Vedder continues his research and consultancy on an international level at Campbell Soup, at that moment the biggest mushroom producer world wide. After some years in Italy and Indonesia, the Vedders moved to the USA for good (1993), but they have always kept a keen interest in the mushroom industry ever since (see also page 14).

Vedder and his wife are not the only specialists who took on the gargantuan task of writing a comprehensive mushroom cultivation manual. You had Bels and Atkins and Kligman and later Van Griensven. But only the latter and Vedder's book seem to have stood the test of time and are still being sought after today. In this new 'Modern Mushroom Growing 2020 - Harvesting', that was just published, the Vedders have put all their love for the sector and their combined knowledge of 60 years (!).

If the book will have a 'historic impact' as Tim Adlington says in his foreword, remains to be seen. Although the Vedders have invested a lot of time in updating this handbook to 2020, you can notice here and there, that they have been absent in the corridors of the modern mushroom farm for some time. The photo material says the same. Having said that, much of the basic scientific knowledge and practical know-how of mushroom cultivation has not changed in a revolutionary way last few decennia. And if someone earned the right to put all these founding principles of growing and harvesting in one big tome again, then it is Vedder. Plus, the need for a book like this is still there, especially for beginning growers. But also as a professional, you really need to have these 450 highly readable pages on your shelf or on your e-reader. In the Amazon store now. 

Next to photo: The new English title and the Dutch second print 1964 edition of Modern Mushroom Growing.

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Some Footnotes:

*Pieter was not the 'director' but the Principal...


Here is the English and Dutch... so those 'Dutch/English speaking (Dinglish I call it always!) can see for themselves.

*Our book was never intended as any advertisement for supplies, equipment or whatever.

Contrary to Mushroom Business, that exists for a big part because of advertisements.

Our book had ZERO sponsors, all done by ourselves, with the only aim to educate, and there is to our knowledge not a single book out there that covers mushroom growing entirely, and in a comprehensive way.

Also about Pests & Diseases, there is NONE that covers it from A to Z, like we did.

*In the Amazon store now, is an understatement, as it is available at over 40,000 - Just a minor detail...

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Related links from previous posts by me:

modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting - see also other publications in photos

Flying Over Our Home and Campbell Mushroom Plant that Pieter Designed

Husband Pieter's Design for the Campbell Mushroom Plants in Dublin, GA and Hillsboro, TX

1982 Sinden Award for Pieter at The Hotel Majestic, Harrogate, England

16 comments:

  1. I love learning more about you ... the comments you leave about my poems are a peek into your life ... past and present!!

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you so much! You are such a powerful and excellent writer. Poem or not, you dare to bare your soul and especially that I love too!
      Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!
      Mariette

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  2. Olá tudo bem?
    Que legal! é bonito ver um casal trabalhando juntos.
    Aqui em casa nascem todo ano um cogumelo tão bonito.
    Acredito que deve ser venenoso. Ele é de uma cor linda, laranja.
    Bjos tenha uma ótima semana.

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    1. Querida Anajá,
      Sim, é muito raro como um casal ter se envolvido na mesma experiência. Sempre tive o melhor professor do mundo comigo. Sentindo-me muito orgulhoso por ter preservado o intelecto deste pioneiro científico por meio de um livro. Dessa forma, muitos podem se beneficiar disso.
      Sim, o cogumelo que você descreve mais do que provável não é comestível. É preciso ter muito cuidado. É melhor comprar as variedades cultivadas comercialmente...
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Thank you, it is at least some publication...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette and Pieter, It is a big thing these days for authors/experts to deliver their opinions disinterestedly. So many today are paid or sponsored in some way, that we wonder if their advice is truly useful and unbiased. You two have a solid history of decades of integrity, and I sure that will mean a lot to mushroom growers and other users depending on your book.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      You are absolutely right about that! Whatever publication there is, it often is only promoting a certain brand. We both have never made any deal whatsoever but based our writing on pure facts and personal experience. Integrity has a true meaning to both of us and always will!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. What an amazing talent and dedication well used for many years. Thank you to you and your husband for all your hard work. Wishing you all the best always, my friend.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Thank you, we both have always given it our all!
      Education is the most important thing in life and that is valid for the entire world.
      Both of us cannot be bought... we still value integrity.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. It sounds like really a great handbook for mushroom growers to learn from and rely on. Your sincere contribution to educate them must be appreciated by so many!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mariette xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you and yes it has. Over the decades we got numerous requests for the old book from 1978 and when it yields such enormous prices for 2nd hand on line, that clearly is indicating something. It was quite a task but we accomplished it and owe no one anything.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious boys,
      Mariette

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  7. Buen manual para que puedan consultar los nuevos profesionales de ese sector.

    Buen Trabajo

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      También para los existentes para comprobar lo que están haciendo y por qué se supone que deben hacer ciertas cosas. Esposo Pieter es el mejor maestro del mundo en explicar este intrincado asunto de una manera comprensible.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  8. What a nice article about the top authority on mushroom growing. I know y’all must have worked tirelessly on the update. Congratulations to you both.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Thank you for your meaningful words here!
      Yes, it is a perfect way for rounding off an entire life dedicated to the science of mushroom growing. So many of Pieter's real scientist friends have passed away but they ought to be remembered. There are so many self proclaimed gurus out there but they merely are linked to companies that build projects or else sell equipment or even spawn for growing mushrooms.
      Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you both!
      Mariette

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