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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 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 E, Albany OR 97322
      June 6, 2015, 1:00 pm

      On June 6th, Tradd Cotter will lead a mycoremediation workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This workshop, entitled, "Mycoremediation and Recycling and Composting of Home and Farm Waste Using Mushrooms," will run from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • Tradd Cotter at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany OR 97322
      June 6, 2015, 4:00 pm

      On June 6th, Tradd Cotter will present a workshop on medicinal mushroom gardens at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This workshop will run from 4:00-5:00 PM at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • Tradd Cotter at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany OR 97322
      June 7, 2015, 10:00 am

      On June 7th, Tradd Cotter will present a workshop on accessible mushroom cultivation at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This workshop, entitled, "Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone," will run from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • Tradd Cotter at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany OR 97322
      June 7, 2015, 11:30 am

      On June 7th, Tradd Cotter will present a workshop on fungi in the classroom at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This workshop will run from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • 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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