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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 Kansas Mother Earth News Fairs
      Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka KS
      October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will present at the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS. Details are still being finalized.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Farm
      Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour, Easley SC
      November 8, 2014, 12:00 pm
    • Tradd Cotter at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference
      CFSA Conference, Greenville SC
      November 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

      More details to come...

    • Tradd Cotter at Malaprops Bookstore
      Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood St, Asheville NC
      November 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will talk about his new book, "Organic Mushroom Farming Mycoremediation," at Malaprops Bookstore on November 13 at 7:00 PM.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mountain Farm
      Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour, Easley SC
      November 16, 2014, 12:00 pm
    • Tradd Cotter at Booksmith
      283 Market St, , Seneca SC 29678
      December 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will discuss his new book, "Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation," at the Booksmith on December 6. The exact time has yet to be finalized, more details to come. Books will be available for sale and signing.

    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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