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Fenruary 7th, 2018

Joseph Krawczyk and Mary E Kozak
"Mushroom Cultivation Based On Locally Sourced Materials"

Since 1983 Joe and Mary Ellen, have owned and operated Field and Forest Products, Inc a business that produces specialty mushroom spawn and sells associated cultivation supplies. The original business plan called for 'field' products (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) to be part of the business mix but 'forest' products (mushrooms, spawn) soon dominated as demand for product and knowledge quickly stripped away any time for other endeavors.

Joe and Mary Ellen have presented many cultivation talks throughout the United States and Canada including the Penn State University Specialty Mushroom Short Course, the North American Mushroom Association, and the National Shiitake Symposium. In effort to both appreciate new mushroom growing methods and lend assistance where possible, they have spent time in the mushroom growing meccas of China and Japan, and have assisted farm set-up in Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, Khyrgistan, Macedonia, Russia, and of course the USA.. They also have authored several books, including “Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in a Continental Climate “ which has been said to be the most practical guide to log based mushroom cultivation.

Joe and Mary Ellen both hold B.S. degrees from UWGB and UW-Madison, respectively and developed a friendship through a shared heritage of mushroom hunting and love of the outdoors. Along with their two young adult children, they love to travel, particularly to destinations that require “work” to get to; either via backpacking, canoeing, or bicycling. Once there, hopefully fishing, and of course mushroom hunting, is almost always involved.

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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MCG publishes a quarterly newsletter, a great source of club information, news, events, book reviews, articles and more. View the current newsletter HERE.


MCG features monthly meetings each year between February and November on a variety of fungi-related topics. To view some of our previous meetings go HERE.


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


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