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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 University of Tennessee
      600 Henley Street , Knoxville TN 37902
      February 3, 2015, 8:00 am

      On February 3rd, Tradd Cotter will keynote and lead three workshops at the Grounds Management Short Course at the University of Tennessee's Conference Center. Tradd's workshops will focus on mycological landscaping, utilizing mycopesticides, and mycoremediation of contaminated soil and water.

    • Tradd Cotter at Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association Symposium
      1 Exposition Dr. , Greenville SC 29607
      February 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

      On February 7th, Tradd Cotter will teach a workshop at the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association Annual Symposium at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. In his workshop, Tradd will teach attendees how to cultivate mushrooms in gardens and landscapes, in both woodland and urban settings, promoting soil generation and disease resistance, while harvesting wonderful gourmet and medicinal species of mushrooms.

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA VT Winter Conference
      UVM Davis Center, Burlington VT
      February 14, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Tradd will teach a workshop on Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water at the NOFA VT Winter Conference in Burlington, VT.

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA VT Winter Conference
      UVM Davis Center, Burlington VT
      February 15, 2015, 10:45 am

      Tradd will teach a workshop on Cultivating Mushrooms for Everyone: Simple and High Yielding Home and Homesteading Techniques at the NOFA VT Winter Conference in Burlington, VT.

    • Tradd Cotter at The University of Vermont Medical Center
      The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington VT
      February 16, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Tradd Cotter will speak as part of The University of Vermont's Healthsource Lecture Series on February 16. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Tradd Cotter at South Carolina Organic Growers Conference
      8109 White Horse Rd, Greenville SC 29617
      February 28, 2015, 8:30 am

      Tradd Cotter will lead three workshops at the South Carolina Organic Growers Conference from February 28th-March 2nd. This conference will take place at the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas, which is located at the NW campus of Greenville Technical College. Tradd's workshops will focus on fungi in the classroom, mushroom cultivation overview and medicinal mushroom products.

    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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