236 Mushrooms Inform & Heal The Mind – Chilton

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Mushrooms, Mind & Healing

The parts you could see – what most people called a mushroom – was just a brief apparition. A cloud flower.      ~ Margaret Atwood

Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied ethnomycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties. In 1973 he started work on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington. During the next 10 years, he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of Agaricus mushrooms per year. He was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978.

Street Experience

In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a company that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990’s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997, he organized the first workshop for organic certification of mushrooms in China.

Considering Mushroom Science

A founding member of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products in 1994 and a Member of the International Society for Mushroom Science, Mr. Chilton’s company was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds.

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Jeff’s Mission

He challenges the industry for higher standards and transparency with mushroom products. He wants people to have access to quality products and have the knowledge to properly identify these products in the marketplace. 

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