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Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years.

In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects.

Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.

    Tradd's Upcoming Events

    • Tradd Cotter at Organic Growers School
      1 University Heights, Asheville NC 28804
      March 7, 2015, 9:00 am

      Tradd Cotter will present at the 22nd Annual Spring Conference at UNC Asheville on March 7-8. His workshops include: 2B: Medicinal Mushrooms Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain This session will cover cultivation of medicinal mushrooms, extraction, tinctures, and other DIY products. 3B: Mycoforestry, Gardening, and Landscaping with Mushrooms Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain In this class, Tradd will cover the many benefits of mushrooms, in all kinds of land management applications. We will discuss functional edging, intercropping plants and edible mushrooms, recycling, and composting with fungi.

    • Tradd Cotter at Sustainable Small Farm Online Summit
      March 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

      On March 18th, Tradd Cotter will speak for the Sustainable Small Farm Online Summit. Tradd will speak on mushroom cultivation & production. For more information, sign up for event details online at Small Farm Summit.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Spring Cultivation Workshop 1
      200 Finley Rd, Easley SC 29642
      March 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will lead an all day spring cultivation workshop at Mushroom Mountain Farm on March 28th. Participants will learn different methods to cultivate mushrooms, designing mushroom gardens, and composting with fungi. Cost to attend is $200.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mother Earth News Fair
      1301 Fanning Bridge Road , Fletcher NC 28732
      April 11, 2015, 9:00 am

      Tradd Cotter will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Fletcher, N.C. The fair will take place at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center from April 11-12, 2015. More information to come.

    • Tradd Cotter at Cultivating Kingdom Fungi
      Sharondale Farm , Keswick VA 22947
      April 24, 2015, 1:00 pm

      Author Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain will join Jordan Weiss of Jordan's Mushrooms and Mark Jones of Sharodale Farm for a mushroom cultivation workshop at Sharondale Farm in Keswick, VA. The workshop begins at 1 PM on Friday, April 24th and concludes on Sunday, April 26th at 4 PM. Join this workshop for a hands-on, activity-filled workshop and learn the best practices for cultivating fungi for food, medicine and mycoremediation.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany OR 97322
      June 6, 2015, 9:00 am

      Tradd Cotter will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon at the Linn County Expo Center on June 6-7, 2015. Saturday fair hours are from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, while Sunday Fair hours are 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

    Tradd's Books

    Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

    Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

    In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Tradd Cotter not only offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices; he shares the results of his groundbreaking research and offers myriad ways to apply your cultivation skills and further incorporate mushrooms into your life—whether your goal is to clean up industrial pollution or settle down with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale. Cotter takes “organic” one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinking—one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.


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