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I started to learn about growing mushrooms between the years 1983-84 in Occidental California at a small mushroom farm operated by the owner and his apprentice. The loss of his helper created a need for a replacement. I needed work, he needed help and my journey began in the world of mycology. Later I learned it was common for helpers to become growers
themselves and go on their own way. Terence would say, "This years apprentice is usually next years competition". But in my case? Ney, not I ! I was a devotee and honored to be........... his last apprentice.
Mike & Terence - Chicago book show 1999
The first book I noticed in the grow building and showing the wear of being studied, marked and reviewed over and over was Paul Stamets "The Mushroom Cultivator". I thumbed through the book and it appeared Greek to me so I left it to the boss. After some time with hands on experience and
occasionally re-reading parts of the book it began to make sense to me. Now Paul's books out number any ( in one subject ) I have on the "how to" for growing mushrooms. Paul Stamets, David Arora, Dr. Andy Weil and Terence McKenna to mention a few have at one time or another been instrumental in unveiling to me the potential of mushrooms. I thank them for my start in the journey of learning and understanding the world of mycology.
1995 Seminar - Paul handing certificate to Mike
WANT TO LEARN ?
Paul Stamets has annual workshops for beginner/master cultivators. I participated in 1995 & found it to be great! Learning new techniques in cultivation, seeing a fully productive operation running, it helped tremendously. Not to mention being privy (if one is paying attention) to Paul's occasional revealing of info that can help a novice (like me) avoid costly and time consuming mistakes.
Visit www.fungi.com to see what is available for seminars with Paul and more.
Throughout the years I have grown as a hobby and supplied myself and family with Gourmet & Medicinal mushrooms. I began by inoculating oak logs with the Shiitake plugs and used Oyster spawn in bags of wheat straw. It has been a long learning curve and I was humbled to hear Paul say (in the Amsterdam Conference circa '99) that he "knows so little about mushrooms", still ?!