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April 5th, 2017

Milton Tam
"Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners"

Milton Tam lives in Seattle and has worked, lived, played, and hunted mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years. His working career was in basic and applied scientific research. He graduated from the University of Washington with an advanced degree in microbiology and immunology, worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, rode the biotech revolution as a founding member of Genetic Systems Corporation, and was a program manager at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, a nonprofit organization, where he and his group developed and introduced simple diagnostic tests for use in developing countries. After his retirement he wanted to learn more about mushrooms and mycology. Along the way he developed and adapted simple mushroom cultivation methods for use as educational tools and to demonstrate the fungal life cycle. His other interests include fishing, winemaking, gardening, and golfing. He is a member and former Vice President of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and currently serves on its board of trustees, as the chair of the cultivation committee, and co-teaches a course in mushroom cultivation for PSMS members. He is also a member, regional trustee, and cultivation committee member of the North American Mycological Association.

In his presentation, Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners, Milton will review how he developed the educational oyster mushroom kit, a simple and novel method that needs no special equipment or sterile technique to successfully and reliably produce a crop of choice, edible mushrooms. He will also review what you can do with your kit after it has fruited and produced its crop of mushrooms. After his presentation, we will have the materials on hand so that everyone can make a kit of their own.

As always, try to come around 6:15 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!

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Meeting are at the Intown Community Church, 2059 Lavista Road, Atlanta, 30329. We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 with a social time for snacking, identifying mushrooms, browsing guides and making friends. The social time begins at 6:15. Members bring snacks each month. A sign up list for volunteering to bring snacks will be passed around. This is a chance to learn some, connect some and get filled in on some of the club's plans for the year.




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The oyster mushroom was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I


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