Photo by husband Pieter, taken during a break from teaching those Oyster Fishers in Yerseke, province of Zeeland in The Netherlands, with them on one of their boats...
Pieter in 1957, when he became an Assistent at the Dutch Experimental Station.
His specialty was writing Technical Tips for their magazine editions of the Dutch CHAMPIGNONCULTUUR. The above appeared in the 1957-7 edition.
At that time, Pieter did give training in the Western part of the Netherlands, in Yerseke, all the way from Horst, near Venlo and that Interstate was not yet built!
Sometimes rough for making that long trip in the winter time through snow and in the dark...
This image above, also clearly shows the sea arms of the River Oosterschelde, a former estuary.
The main breadwinning was from mussel, oyster culture and some lobster.
They raised the young oysters on limed roof-tiles and it took about 6 years before they were mature and ready for being harvested!
Those oyster fisher students, could not stand being in-between four walls, so they begged Pieter to join them for a break, out on the open sea where they often scooped up a big oyster and enjoyed it 'fresh'.
In the winter of 1962-1963 a big frost killed nearly 80% of those oyster cultures and many more switched over into mushroom growing.
Later, with the completion of the storm barrier, the famous Delta Works, started soon after the night of January 31 into February 1, 1953 disaster of the North Sea Flood where 2,551 people drowned, the oyster farming nearly stopped.
Also in the Standdaarbuiten, adjacent province of Noord Brabant, Pieter did give training, all the way from Horst.
Those were flax growers that were forced out of business by the upcoming cotton industry and synthetic fibers.
Those long distance courses were conducted till on February 9, 1963 the Mushroom Growing Training Centre got officially opened in Horst. Temporarily housed inside the Experimental Station for mushroom culture in Horst. Mr. P. J. C. Vedder is in charge of this entirely new educational establishment for The Netherlands. He is assisted by other teachers.
The vocational school was opened by Ir. W. J. Mulder of the Directorate of Agricultural Education in The Hague.
Pieter's Former Student and Mushroom Grower Took us up into the Sky | previous post from Standdaarbuiten where previous flax growers had switched into mushroom growing...