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“Rad Dad Feature: Jeff Chilton”

I first had heard of Jeff Chilton when reading his book The Mushroom Cultivator: A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home. This book is considered by many to be the absolute mushroom growers bible.

Well, I didn’t end up growing any mushrooms, but I did learn a great deal from the book and it prompted me to delve even deeper into the medicinal qualities of mushrooms and mushroom supplements.

Jeff is an absolute master of the mushroom. As far as I am concerned he is the number one authority on all things mushroom and especially when it comes to cultivating and
developing the finest quality mushroom extracts and supplements. The exciting thing is how his research has set the industry standard for testing mushrooms and by default it pulls the wool from a lot of peoples eyes whom have wasted money on sub-par mushroom supplements (i.e. myself).

Even if you aren’t an amateur mycologist, there are many amazing qualities to the mushroom and even beyond that Jeff is a wildly intelligent, personable and dedicated man. Meet Jeff!

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

I’m Jeff Chilton, I have been living in British Columbia in a small seaside community for 25 years now. I am a mushroom grower by trade and have switched from growing fresh mushrooms for food use to selling mushroom extract powders as raw materials for use in nutritional supplements.

I have been extremely fortunate to have my laboratory and workspace on my five acre property. I see my sons off to school every day and see them when they come home. I have also been able to incorporate them into the business when they were younger to allow them to earn some money.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

I was fortunate to have a loving, caring, father, but he was very engaged with his business and did not have a lot of time to spend with his children, all 8 of them. This was a life lesson for me and I vowed that I would raise my children in a different manner. That includes being very engaged with their schooling as well as being a part of their sporting life. In fact, some of my best years were spent coaching baseball and playing other sports with my two sons. Watching them learn new skills and utilizing my own sports skills brought me real satisfaction. Being a modern day father means being deeply involved in my sons’ lives.

3. How did becoming a father change your life?

After years of procrastination, I had to be told by my wife that the time had come and she was not waiting any longer. I’m so happy that we started our family and I had no idea how much love and affection was waiting inside me to be expressed. From the very beginning I was simply overwhelmed with joy to have this new being with us and I realized that I was not truly complete until that time.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

Viewing the rhythm of life play out before my eyes. Seeing my sons go through all the stages of childhood, teenage years, and grow into adults. Best of all, they are now my very best friends and this is the absolute greatest gift I could ever imagine.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

My sons were born at home with midwives. My first son, Skye, took all night to emerge, and the midwives were getting nervous since my wife was getting tired from all the pushing. Finally it appeared that Skye’s head was almost out and the plan was for me to “catch” him as he came out. We were all positioned and I was ready and out he came but he just slipped right through my hands and onto the bed! Well, no harm done, but I thought I was a better catcher.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

When you start a family you have to learn that life is no longer just about you, but more about those that you have brought into this world. This can become a new beginning for a much richer life.

Where can people learn more?

My business website is www.nammex.com. My son Skye is now working with me in the business which makes me even happier.

Thanks so much Jeff! I wish you continued success and thank you for your contributions to mycology, and willingness to share information with amateur mycologists such as myself.

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