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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

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Pieter Proudly Showing Pleurotus ostreatus and Stropharia Grown at the Mushroom Growing Training Centre

 Already in 1981, we did have good quality Pleurotus at the Mushroom Growing Training Centre in Horst, The Netherlands
As also seen in the 14 second video above, here you see the demonstration cultivation of Pleurotus ostreatus in the Fall of 1981—photo by Pieter J.C. Vedder
Pieter showing proudly these Pleurotus ostreatus
Pieter is wearing his Burberry suit—which he still has and it still fits as he never ever gained any weight!
Holding a bouquet of Pleurotus ostreatus...
We also did a demonstration of growing Stropharia
A better photo by Pieter J.C. Vedder of those Stropharia mushrooms on page 44 of our book.
Pieter made numerous photos also from mushrooms in the wild.
Seen here are tree oyster mushrooms or Pleurotus ostreatus.
That would become a nice Christmas card with the signature from all teachers:
Top the principal and teacher Pieter J.C. Vedder
Martin van Lieshout
Antoon van As
Peter Rechsteiner
Roel Seubring the manager of the actual production farm attached to the practical training college.
On Pieter's LinkedIn account we did share this post and Pieter got 954 impressions
Jan Smits, the Teacher/Deputy Principal Practical Training Centre for Mushroom Growing 1980 – 1984 did comment as Pieter mentioned him being briefly shown in video.
In this video clip there was an erroneous mention of Experimental Station but it was 'our' CCO (abbreviation for the Dutch Centre)!
Jan Smits replied: Indeed our CCO and of and for – at that time – approximately 800 Dutch mushroom growers and several hundreds of mushroom growers all over the world.
Pieter thanked Jan Smits for this statistical update!
Indeed very fond memories of that period.

Related link:
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | previous post by me about our newest book
{Pleurotus Ostreatus in Wood Garden Provided Meal} | previous post by me and YES those Pleurotus Ostreatus followed us!!!
Pieter J.C. Vedder | Pieter's LinkedIn account


  1. Buen trabajo ha desempeñado al cabo de largos años.

    1. Querida Antónia,
      Pieter logró ya en ese entonces cultivar esos exóticos y, mientras tanto, están disponibles para todos.

  2. What a great souvenir these photos and the Christmas card are. Thank you Mariette.

    God bless.

    1. Dearest Victor,
      Such photos are history in the growing of exotic mushrooms.

  3. Replies
    1. Dearest Anne,
      It is a simpler way than just collecting them in the woods.

  4. I like your new header. And seeing wonderful photos from the past. Mushrooms are amazing.

    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Oh, that header is about very fond memories from Venice—my very first trip and doing international consulting: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-first-trip-to-city-of-romance-venice.html
      It has forever a spot in my/our hearts!
      Mushrooms are indeed an amazing cultivation.

  5. What great photos and memories, Mariette. Blessings!

    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Yes, fond memories to look back on with pride.

  6. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos and memories, dearest Mariette.

    Hugs and blessings! 🧡🧡🧡

    1. Dearest Veronica,
      You are quite welcome and I'm only glad that Pieter still is with me for reliving these memories!

  7. Bellissime foto di ricordi.Buona giornata a te e a Pieter.

    1. Cara Olga,
      Grazie e sono davvero bei ricordi!

  8. Mariette,

    Heel interessant en leuk.

    Ik heb jullie boek ook even bekeken op deze site.
    Gefeliciteerd met zoiets moois.
    Ik weet hoe het voelt, je eigen boek door je handen en bekijken.
    (Ik heb twee gedichtenbundels uit mogen brengen)
    Wat een leuke foto van jullie samen plaatste je erbij.

    Ook deze foto's zijn een prachtige herinnering.

    Lieve groetjes,

    Dankjewel voor het delen.

    1. Beste Hilly,
      Ja, het was een hele mega task om zo'n praktisch en toch academisch boek van 446 pagina's helemaal zelf te doen—self publishing vanwege het wereldwijd bereik. Wel met hulp van een grafisch designer in de UK om alle foto's, kleurenfoto's en tabellen etc. te plaatsen. Daar heb ik geen kennis van.
      Maar het gevoel blijft hetzelfde—iets van jezelf.
      Wij willen hiermee al onze vergaarde kennis door geven aan anderen.
      Deze foto's zijn ook heel waardevol en het is over de pioniertijd.

  9. Replies
    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, very valuable ones for both of us and for once again proving that Pieter did it all before publishing his book.

  10. Olá, Mariette, gostei imenso de ver esse cultivo de cogumelos, muito interessante, e que belas fotos para recordação! Muito bom colocar no blog e guardar com carinho a história de vida de você e Pieter, muito bonito tudo.
    Aquela sua foto de abertura do blog está linda! Que bela recordação!
    Grande abraço a você e Pieter.

    1. Prezados Taís,
      Obrigado por suas palavras significativas!
      Tais lembranças são tão especiais para nós agora. Também mostra que realmente tínhamos uma paixão pelo trabalho e o fazíamos com o coração e a alma.
      Até mesmo a foto do cabeçalho está relacionada ao meu primeiro trabalho de consultoria. Sim, dirigindo para a Itália e trabalhando com colheitadeiras. Claro que também curtindo Venic depois...


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