About Me

My photo
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

Monday, February 1, 2021

Yerseke Oyster Fishers got Trained by Pieter J.C. Vedder to become Mushroom Growers

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.

Related link:
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...

16 comments:

  1. I like the picture of the boats! Beautiful scenery!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Endah,
      Those Zeeland oyster boats were special vessels!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  2. What an interesting story and varied life.

    God bless always.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, you noted that good a very varied life!
      Both of us never knew the feeling of the word bored...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  3. Such fascinating history, Mariette. Going from oysters to mushrooms? Now, that's quite the change!
    Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Guess it was quite hard for those men but they became excellent mushroom producers and loyal ones.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  4. Hello Mariette and Pieter, Good for those oyster fishers who branched out into mushroom culture. Sometimes as the world progresses people involved in an old occupation find their jobs becoming obsolete, as in certain fisheries or, say, tobacco growing. They can either complain and ask for government handouts, or they can join a new industry that is still practical and in demand--mushroom growing is the perfect example!
    --Jim

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, however hard that transition initially was for them, they proved to be serious and thus successful, as were the flax growers, they too became excellent mushroom growers. We all can adapt if we are willing to, if necessary.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  5. Oysters to mushrooms definitely would have been a big life adjustment for them, but it's good that instead of playing a victim role when circumstances took away their livelihood they adapted and changed and so were able to provide for their families, etc. And of course great that they had a terrific instructor! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes that group of oyster fishers and also the flax growers nearby, have proven that with dedication you can do it. Agreeing with you that in Pieter they had the best teacher/instructor in the world! Witness of that are his great reviews as you can read under the label 'editorial review' below my blog.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  6. How interesting photo! Hope you are ok.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, quite interesting and what a learning curve for those oyster fishers!
      Thanks for asking and yes, I'm doing fine.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete
  7. Un gran cambio de actividad. Ellos son entendidos en el trabajo de la pesca, pero en el cultivo de hongos hasta ese momento, no han tenido ninguna explicación.

    besos

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Querida Antónia,
      Tal vez incluso mejor también para ustedes no tienen que volver a aprender las cosas que hicieron mal ...! Pero fue todo un cambio para ellos de todos modos.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

      Delete
  8. Replies
    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      A photo with quite a story to it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Delete

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Mariette...

MARIETTE'S BACK TO BASICS © 2009. All rights reserved - Text and images may not be copied for distribution or sale.

Follow my blog by Email

213 Countries visited with 276 flags since:

free counters

Total Pageviews

Blog Archive

Google Analytics

Labels

4th of July (7) Accordion (4) Advent (18) ALL SAINTS DAY | ALL SOULS DAY (2) Aluminum Roofing (10) Amaretti cookies (4) American Airlines (4) American Mushroom Institute (2) Angels (116) Angels We Know By Name (10) Australia (19) Auto Immune Disease (12) Ava Grace's closet (10) Baccarat Crystal (62) Backyard Wildlife HABITAT Certificate (6) Barlow Tyrie Capri Lounger (2) Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville Florida (2) Bathing Suits (5) BB and L (4) Belgium (2) Benjamin Moore (11) Bike Rack (4) Birthdays (27) Blissful Relationship (43) Blog Award (20) Blog Pageviews (10) Blogger I Admire (29) Blogger Tips (23) Bobèches (4) Bok Tower (3) Bridal Gowns (4) Britex Fabrics (12) Britex Notions (9) Bulgaria (3) Burberry (13) Burberry Tuxedo (3) Bypass Surgery (6) Cable Car (5) Camille Tharaud (9) Campbell Soup (27) Canada (15) Canada Rail Vacations (4) Candles (34) Carbon Footprint (7) Carillon (2) Cat Nurse (1) Cathedral-Basilica Saint Louis (1) Ceramic Chandelier (5) Certified Podologist (2) Chanel (16) Chaperon (5) Cherubs (18) Childhood (12) Chile (6) China (15) Chocolate (31) Christie's (22) Christmas (50) Christofle (28) Christofle (Memoire) David Rosenberg (11) Chronic Kidney Disease (5) Citizen Journalism (3) CitizenM (2) Coffee Cup (2) Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass (5) Communism (14) Conference (20) Congress (26) Consulting (122) Costco (2) Countries visited (38) Courtesy (1) Croatia (1) Curaçao (14) D.S. Mullis (Author) (1) Dad (74) Damixa (7) Danish (6) Daughter (48) De Gaerde (1) Declaration of Independence (3) Delft Polychrome (1) Delftware houses (5) Delta Airlines (6) Denmark (2) Dessert (10) Diabetes (12) Diabetes type 2 (16) Diabetes type 2 Recipe (9) Dialysis (9) Dieng Plateau (1) Dining with Royalty (1) DMC (25) Doensen Sfeerhaarden (2) Domain Name (1) Door Décor (1) Doris Plaster (1) Down Duvets (5) Dupuytren's Contracture (3) Dutch American Heritage Day (5) Dutch King's Day (5) Dutch Queen's Day (3) Dweilen (1) Easter (23) Eco friendly (19) Eco Storage (4) Edible flowers (10) Editorial Review (9) Education (55) Edward Bok (4) Energy Star (7) England (15) Escada (97) Etiquette Training (5) Fairmont Hotels (10) Family (225) Family Memories (14) Filet Lace (11) Filet Lace Embroidered (4) First Lady Melania Trump (2) Fleur de Lys (8) Flower Framers of Cincinnati (23) France (4) FREEDOM (7) French (71) French Country Style (55) French Lavender Sachets (4) Friendship (186) From Pilgrim to President (2) Genocide (2) Georgia (18) Georgia State Flag (4) Germany (9) Gero Zilmeta 528 Menuet (15) Gevaphone (4) Gift from Blogger Friend (33) Gillis Video (4) Giovanni Raspini Charms and Co (42) Giovanni Raspini Silver Desk Items (11) Giovanni Raspini Silver Frames (11) Giovanni Raspini Silver Gifts (17) GIVEAWAY (24) Going Green (32) Graham H. Boonzaaier (5) Grand Canyon (4) Graze Picking (1) Hand Crocheted (89) Hand Embroidered (22) Hand Knitted (20) Hand made Lace (23) Happy New Year (8) Hawaii (1) Healthy Heart (16) Healthy heart recipe (23) Healthy Living (33) Heart Attack (5) Heeroom (10) Helicopter (1) High Tea (6) Highlights of the Mississippi Cruise (8) Holocaust (1) Hong Kong (6) House Blessing (2) Hungary (16) Hurricane (4) Hyatt (85) I Will Follow Him (1) India (44) Indonesia (34) Interlock Metal Roofing (12) International Workshop & Seminar (2) Irok gallery (12) ISMS (24) Italy (55) Japan (7) Kashmir (2) Kichler Xenon Under Counter Lights (1) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (50) Kruisherenhotel (1) Lace (6) Lacquered Brass Window Decorations (13) Lampe Berger (11) Lampes Berger A Century of History by Gérald Vilcocq (10) Language (28) Last Call by Neiman Marcus (20) Lavender Sachet (4) Le Chameau (2) Le Jacquard Français (31) Leather Garments Factory (11) Leather Shorts (1) Leather Vest (4) Leprosy Infection (5) Leprosy Project (6) Limburg (10) Limoges (18) Limoges Table Lamp (7) Log Cabin (3) Logee's (12) Maharaja Amarinder Singh of Patiala (1) Mainstream Media (1) Margraten (6) Marl Caves (11) Mason's Patent Ironstone Mandalay (5) Maximum Baggage Weight (7) Meeting Blogger Friend (7) Mega Task (17) Memorial Day (7) Miele (12) Millinery (11) Missing Blogger (1) Mom (92) Montblanc pens (1) Moral Compass (11) Mushroom Cultivation (35) Mushroom Quality Criteria (15) Mushrooms Canada (3) Mushrooms in our Garden (11) My Boots (18) My French Connection (2) My Hats (14) My Publications (6) My Sewing Creation (45) Nativity Scene (4) New Netherland (2) New Orleans (9) New Orleans School of Cooking (2) New York City (27) Original Content (17) Ormolu (6) Our Balcony (13) Our Bathroom (8) Our Bird Feeders (7) Our Bird Houses (12) Our Bridges and Wood Trail (31) Our Canine (22) Our Dutch Clock (3) Our Felines (126) Our Fiberglass Window Boxes (24) Our Flower Bulbs (58) Our Flowering Shrubs (116) Our Flowering Trees (27) Our Flowering Vines (28) Our Flowers (58) Our Fragrant Flowers (160) Our Garden (27) Our Garden Critters (37) Our Gazebo (47) Our Greenhouse (11) Our Home (127) Our Life in Indonesia (48) Our Life in Italy (32) Our Magnolias (37) Our Our Fiberglass Window Boxes (1) Our Palm Tree (15) Our Pet Squirrel (1) Our Pond (19) Our Pot Plants (35) Our Rose Arbor (5) Our Rose Suite (15) Our Roses (58) Our Shrubs (6) Our Trees (40) P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs (116) P.J.C. Vedder's Publications (64) Patio (26) People to People Citizen Ambassador Program (26) Plagiarism (5) Poland (1) Pond's India (22) Pre-Diabetes (9) Prednisone (8) Princess Diana (4) Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold (26) Quotes (44) Religious Paper Lace (2) Relive (20) Replacements Ltd. (19) REPOUSSE Silver (8) Resilientista (31) Ristorante da Maria (29) Romania (5) Romantic Boxes with Pansies (2) Romantic Rose Boxes (7) Rose Jewelry (8) Rose silverware (59) Rose Stepping Stones (5) Roses (4) Rotary International (5) Royal Mail (1) Sachets (1) Saint Nicholas (12) Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th (10) Santa Barbara Plantation (3) Santa Claus (12) Saving Energy (7) Scottsdale Arizona (3) Scraped Content (5) Serbia (2) Servitude (1) Silver Knife Rests (18) Sinden Award (12) Singapore Airlines (1) Sinterklaas (10) Skiing (5) Socialism (5) South Africa (20) Spain (1) SPAWN MATE SYMPOSIUM (2) Spectrenoir (91) STIGMA of Leprosy (1) Storage and Organizing (5) Super Power Readers (4) Sweden (2) Switzerland (13) Table Setting (30) Taiwan (3) Tanner Krolle (4) Tea (25) Tea Cup (10) Technology Transfer Seminar (9) Thailand (2) Thanksgiving (9) The Bridge (8) The Netherlands (13) Theodore Haviland France (2) Toile de Jouy (5) Tornado (2) Toyota RAV4 (12) Transparent Acrylic Bolts and Nuts (3) Travel (382) Travel by Rail (21) TREK Bike (9) Tropical Thunderstorms (3) Uncle Bo Whaley (12) UNESCO World Heritage Site (13) United States Citizenship (7) United States Flag (9) Valentine's Day (12) Vases (80) Viking River Cruise (10) Vintage Lampe Berger (13) Vintage Woodworks (26) Vinyl Picket Fence (8) Water Control (18) Wedding (10) Wedding Anniversary (12) WeFie (7) WGXA.TV (3) Wolford (19) Wool Fedora Hat (4) World Bank (1) World Leprosy Day (2) World Polio Day (3) Writing (63) Yves Delorme (6) Yves Saint Laurent (3) Zegna (7)