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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 North Carolina Mother Earth News Fair
      1301 Fanning Bridge Road , Fletcher NC 28732
      April 11, 2015, 9:00 am

      Tradd Cotter will lead three workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair in Fletcher, N.C. Tradd's workshops will include medicinal mushroom gardens, fungi in the classroom, and mushroom cultivation for everyone. The fair will take place at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center from April 11-12, 2015.

    • Tradd Cotter at North Carolina Mother Earth News Fair
      1301 Fanning Bridge Road , Fletcher NC 28732
      April 12, 2015, 12:30 pm

      Tradd Cotter will sign copies of "Organic Mushroom Farming" at the North Carolina Mother Earth News Fair. Tradd's signing will run from 12:30-1:00 PM on Sunday, April 12th and have copies available for purchase. The fair will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center from April 11-12, 2015.

    • Tradd Cotter at Cultivating Kingdom Fungi
      Sharondale Farm , Keswick VA 22947
      April 24, 2015, 12:00 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. Cost to attend is $390.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Spring Cultivation Workshop 2
      200 Finley Rd, Easley SC 29642
      May 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will lead an all-day Spring Cultivation Workshop at Mushroom Mountain on May 9th. Participants will learn different methods to cultivate mushrooms, designing mushroom gardens, and composting with fungi. Cost to attend is $200.

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

      Tradd Cotter will present four workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon at the Linn County Expo Center on June 6-7, 2015. Tradd's four workshops will focus on medicinal mushroom gardens, mycoremediation, mushroom cultivation for everyone, and fungi in the classroom. Saturday fair hours are from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, while Sunday Fair hours are 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

    • Tradd Cotter at DHEC Approved Mushroom Course
      9564 Two Notch RD , Columbia SC 29223
      June 13, 2015, 9:00 am

      Tradd will lead a DHEC Approved Wild Mushroom Hunting Permit Certification Course at the Sesquicentennial State Park Retreat Center in South Carolina. This course will run June 13th-14th from 9:00-4:00 PM. This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the State of South Carolina. Cost to attend is $463.

    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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