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May meeting- Tina Ellor: Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms

May 5, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

I have a BS in Biology from the University of California at Stanislaus, a MS in Botany and Plant Pathology from the University of Maine. I was recruited into the mushroom industry by a local mushroom farm from Grad School in the 1980’s and have been infesting it ever since. I have worked in many aspects of mycology in my time here including bioremediation, substrate preparation, raw material search and acquisition, mushroom breeding, growing, spawn making and mushroom culture maintenance, facility and process design, pest and disease control; and most recently ‘food safety’, organic production, and sustainability issues. My title is Mycologist/Technical Director of Phillips Mushroom Farms, which means that technically I do whatever I am directed to. I recently served on the Organic Material Review Institute BOD, and the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Council and currently serve as President of the Pennsylvania Certified Organic BOD. I frequently give talks on various aspects of mushrooms including cultivation, medicinal and nutritional qualities, history, and organic certification to classes at all levels (elementary through college), garden clubs, mycological associations and anyone who will listen really, and attend wild mushroom forays when I am able.

Tina Ellor was born and raised in very rural Dummerston, Vermont where the landscape was often fairly bleak. Wild mushrooms provided color and interest during the spring and fall and she developed a lifelong interest in and passion for mushrooms. Her very tolerant parents allowed her to grow mold gardens on old food in the basement and instead of having her committed, nurtured her odd interests. She earned a BS in Biology from California State College Stanislaus where her undergraduate project was growing oyster mushrooms on rice straw in the Central Valley of California and MS from the University of Maine with research on growing oyster mushrooms on paper mill sludge from a magnesium sulfate mill in Millinocket, Maine. She was recruited into the mushroom industry by a mushroom farm from Grad School in the 1980’s and has been infesting it ever since. She is currently Mycologist/Technical Director at Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania which means that technically she does whatever she is directed.  She is currently President of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, served on the Organic Materials Review Institute BOD,  and has served on USDA Federal Advisory Committees including the National Organic Standards Board and the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. She frequently gives talks on various aspects of mushrooms including cultivation, medicinal and nutritional qualities, history, and organic certification to classes at all levels (elementary through college), garden clubs, mycological associations and anyone who will listen really, and attends wild mushroom forays when she is able.

 

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May 5, 2021
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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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