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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

Thursday, September 8, 2022

September 9, 1969 Grand Opening practical Mushroom Training Center in Horst


On September 9, it will be exactly 53 years ago, that in Horst, The Netherlands the 1st and ONLY practical Training College for Mushroom Growing in the world, had its official Grand Opening by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, a branch of the Dutch Government. 
My husband Pieter founded it and he was the Principal and one of the active Teachers for decades, already since 1963, until he became Vice President Training & Development for Campbell Soup Company in charge of their Mushroom Division in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Pieter J.C. Vedder
On the way to the front door of Centre for the official opening...
Pieter on the left, holding his daughter Lizzy by the hand.
As published in the Dutch magazine de champignon cultuur nummer 8, oktober 1969:
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 Lizzy Vedder heeft zojuist de sleutel van het Centrum, bevestigd aan een tuiltje champignons, overhandigd aan Ir. P. van der Schans, Directeur van het Landbouwonderwijs van het Ministerie van Landbouw en Visserij, die zo dadelijk het Centrum zal openen. – Ter weerszijden van Ir. van der Schans de heren Vedder en Ambrosius, gevolgd door de overige genodigden.
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 Lizzy Vedder has just handed over the key to the Centre, attached to a bunch of mushrooms, to Ir. P. van der Schans, Director of Agricultural Education at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, who will open the Centre shortly. – On either side of Ir. van der Schans Messrs Vedder and Ambrosius, followed by the other guests.
From the hallway area, now to the other building for the ceremony.
Front row from left: Jan Keysers (architect); Pieter J.C. Vedder; Els Keysers; J.L. Hendriks from Kessel with his wife; P. Keysers from Melderslo.
Second row from left: Riet Uitermark, Annemie Poels and me...
From left to right: ?; Pieter J.C. Vedder; B.J.P. (Ben) Ambrosius; A.W. (Ton) Gijtenbeek; C. Pleunis Sr.; J.G.J. (Jan) van Asseldonk.
Pieter's Dad had passed away from cancer, just two years prior to this Grand Opening.
But he was close to his heart as Pieter wore his Dad's special gold seed pearl tie stick pin...
Fortunately, Pieter's Dad was alive when Pieter's 1st and 2nd Dutch editions of Modern Mushroom Growing got published.
Since there was no educational material available for his Training Centre, Pieter had to write his own...
Translated into 8 official languages it did become the Mushroom Bible.
From left: Pieter's eldest brother Thé Vedder; Pieter J.C. Vedder; Mother Vedder; Secretary Dora Van den Bekerom.
In back from left: Roel Seubring; ?; ?; Jan Huijs; C. Pleunis Sr.
My 2nd cousin Annemie Poels and me, helping out in serving beverages...
Wearing my own sewing creation, made from silver–blue lurex fabric.
Yes, Pieter J.C. Vedder did well, and till today, there never has been a second practical Mushroom Training Center.
In 1993 the CCO became IPC Plant (Innovatie Praktijkcentrum) or Innovation Practice Centre.
In 1999 the Practice Centre for Mushroom Cultivation became completely independent.
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It is quite hard, for having certified and experienced teachers, with knowledge about chemistry, physics, economics and a passion for helping others!
Pieter always had his office door WIDE open and anyone was welcome with questions or whatsoever.
That was his unique policy.
That has remained so over the years, we have had numerous phone calls, even in the middle of the night and Pieter always tried to help others.
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Of course there are various mushroom consultants, that all know 'something' about a part of the total procedure. 
But often they do so, on 'borrowed knowledge' and not so much based on personal, practical experience and by use of original content. 

Related links:
{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years} | previous post by me with more photos
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | our long time experience bundled...

18 comments:

  1. Dearest Mariette -- I must stand and applaud... Bravo, Pieter, bravo!! 👏🏻 What a wonderful man, helping so many folks along the way! He deserved every bit of those accolades he received and more! He has done many great things, and you and he together have done many special things, too! You're so very young in that photo, Mariette, you look like teenager! I would love to see that dress in color, bet it was shimmery beautiful! Big hugs, Diana

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    1. Dearest Diana,
      Thank you for your meaningful comment!
      It is rewarding when looking back and having numerous friends all over the world from former students or others that benefitted from a seminar or training Pieter did. We have been rather active as 'Team Vedder' and that helped in this passion.
      Haha, all those years distracted from my present age, I sure was young then.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hai sposato un uomo meraviglioso.Buon fine settimana.

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  3. Olá, queridos Mariettre e Pieter, que show de postagem!! Quantas lembranças lindas guarda esse blog, são recordações que valem ouro de uma "vida a dois maravilhosa". Completaram-se!
    Um ótimo fim de semana para você e Pieter!
    Abraços!

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    1. Querida Taís,
      Obrigado e sim, essas são lembranças maravilhosas para olhar para trás! Uma vida bem passada e nós dois somos gratos por estarmos vivos para refletir sobre tudo isso.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  4. Olá, Mariette, gostei muito de ver essa postagem com expressivas fotos de um tempo dourado
    do distinto casal.
    Uma vida rica de momentos felizes, que deixaram essas belíssimas recordações a você e
    Pieter. Sem dúvida, um grande prêmio para os dois nessa harmoniosa vida de amor e
    companheirismo.
    Um excelente final de semana, pra você e Pieter.
    Grande abraço.

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    1. Querido Pedro,
      Obrigado por sua visita e suas palavras.
      Na verdade, é adorável olhar para trás mais de meio século com boas lembranças.
      Abraços,
      Pieter & Mariette

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  5. Puede estar orgulloso de la gran trayectoria que tuvo en su profesión. Tus fotografías muestra los buenos momentos vividos y siempre estarán ahí para el recuerdo de su buena labor.
    Besos.

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      De hecho, Pieter puede estar muy orgulloso de lo que logró establecer.
      Tales fotos son recuerdos muy felices.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  6. You have a wonderful way of sharing memories Mariette .... we are the lucky ones, having them.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you and in the end, just as your poem was about today—left with memories the most beautiful things we possess.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      https://woonietest.blogspot.com/2022/09/chess-with-self.html

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  7. Yes, Bravo, Pieter, bravo!!
    Such an admirable man!
    How I wish I could meet the both of you in person.

    Hugs and blessings, dearest Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Thank you and yes, you are so right...!
      IF we had only known back then, traveling 21 times back and forth to Jakarta that you lived so close to Singapore. But still grateful for having met 'virtually'.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. It's great to have photos to reminisce about the past.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      It sure is and is feeling good for our soul.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Pieter has deep knowledge on the subject and I believe he is respected throughout the world.
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Thank you and he sure does and with such passion!
      That always shines through and people figure that out...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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Mariette...

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