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All about Mushrooms

You asked for do mushrooms grow? Meet Jack Reitnauer, manager of Modern Mushroom Farm in Ventura to learn all about cultivating Mushrooms.

Wear closed toed comfortable shoes.

Mushrooms will be available for purchase.

Rain cancels.

If needed, my cell phone is [masked] Gerri

Directions available above and with your GPS and Mapquest, however Jack recommends exiting Left on Victoria then Right turn at next light and Right on Olivas Park Drive through the light with the Mushroom farm on the Left.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was there one week before and very kind of Jack gave us a private tour. I didn't get the change date message and live in Santa Maria. The date changed too late and I'm very grateful to Jack that didn't let us come for nothing-

    December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave because of time and other committments. I would absolutely be interested in doing this event again in a 1-1/2 hr. time frame and with the store open at the end of the tour.

    December 7, 2012

  • Safwat Z.

    Again I would like to thank Jack's efforts in explaining every step of mushroom production and answering our questions. I appreciate taking his time to show us his farm.

    December 7, 2012

  • Jeanne M.

    The tour did start 30 minutes late, but I was thoroughly fascinated once it got started! Jack the mushroom farmer admitted he is not used to giving tours, but it was obvious that he loved his work. I think this tour would work if it started earlier and we all planned to be there for at least two hours. And we should make sure it ended in time to shop for mushrooms. I would also like to say that the members of this meetup need to be more respectful of the other members. 30 people were RSVP'd with another 30 on a waiting list, and only 15 showed up. If you are not going to show up, please use common courtesy and change your RSVP! There were some members who really wanted to come, but thought was no room. I think we should have to pre-pay for the tour, and then get to use that credit shopping for produce, etc. Sorry about my venting, but I hate to see Gerri frustrated, especially when she does so much for this group!

    1 · December 7, 2012

    • Donna C.

      I agree too. People need to realize a lot of time and energy goes into planning these events as well. We all can make it a lot easier for Gerri if we are considerate to her and all other members. We would be able to have many more enjoyable successful events.

      December 7, 2012

    • Safwat Z.

      To prevent in the future no show up I suggest that any member is RSVP's an event should pay $5.00 within 24 hours from a request and if he/she didn't another member on waiting list automatically replaces that member. No refund once piad through pay pal or credit card.

      1 · December 7, 2012

  • Cody C.

    I was one of those people on the waiting list and was thrilled when I was notified just the day before that I'd be able to join this Meet-up. There must have been quite a few other people who would also have loved to attend and could have had Gerri known in advance there would be so many no-shows.
    Once we got started, albeit late, I was fascinated: to learn about mushrooms and how they are grown, to see the facility and to find out that it even exists! I was sorry too that we weren't able to 'go shopping', but I'm pleased to know the shop is there.
    Thanks, Gerri, for all your generous, hard work in putting these events together. It is very much appreciated.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite Gerri's best intentions, the tour was a bit too slow to start and finish. The $10 isn't for them, it's to dissuade no shows. Prepay online to hold the RSVP may be the only way to go. Happy to meet everyone at my first meeting with this group though!

    December 6, 2012

  • rick D.

    This could have been a interesting tour, however it is easy to see why they don't give tours. Unless you stayed close to the speaker all you got was to see the mushroom beds. That being said it was still enjoyable. Not worth the $10 fee however.

    December 6, 2012

  • Sally T.

    The concept was great -- the execution was ify. The owner of the operation was late, was easily sidetracked and took WAY too long in explanations. So long in fact that the mushroom store, where we could purchase these excellent fresh mushrooms, was closed before we got to the end of the ":tour". Better organized on their end would have made this perfect. It was not worth the $10 fee. Also, it was too bad only 18 of the 30 RSVPs showed up. . .not good.

    December 6, 2012

  • Brad

    With so many interested, I hope Jack will host another soon, on a weekend!

    1 · December 5, 2012

  • Richard

    Hi Gerri, another TERRIFIC event! I am so sorry that I'm going to be out of town. PLEASE do this again soon.

    November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I shall be there any way!

    November 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long this meet up will last?

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    California Mushroom farm in ventura?

    October 11, 2012

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