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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 the Southern SAWG Conference
      1 South Water Street, Mobile AL 36602
      January 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter will teach multiple workshops at the 2015 Southern SAWG Conference on January 16-17, 2015. The workshops will include: Mushroom Cultivation for Commercial Farms – Understand the best ways to cultivate mushrooms on your farm. You’ll learn about inexpensive start-up options for beginners, and many commercial ideas to expand on. This class will energize your efforts and maximize your production. Topics include: life cycle of fungi; mushroom behavior and intuitive growing; choosing, buying, and storing spawn; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor production (small and large scale); converting existing structures into grow rooms (barns, chicken houses, storage containers): marketing your mushrooms (trends, demand, strategies); organic pest management; alternative product development (powders, extracts, composts). Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain (SC). Recycling, Composting, and Mycoremediation of Farm Waste Using Mushrooms – Got waste? Worried about contaminated soil or water? Rechannel your waste stream on the farm to grow edible mushrooms and create beautiful, organic worm compost as the end product. Many species of edible fungi sweat powerful enzymes into the environment capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms are also well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Learn how these mushrooms perform these miraculous tasks and how to develop a living barrier or filtration system that is customized to fit your needs. Talk will focus on biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for easy mycoremediation projects that anyone can do. Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain (SC). Tradd's new book, "Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation," will be available for sale and signing.

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA NY Winter Conference
      NOFA NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs NY
      January 23, 2015, 8:00 am

      Tradd will sign copies of his new book, "Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation," on Friday at 8:00 PM.

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA NY Winter Conference
      534 Broadway , Saratoga Springs NY 12866
      January 23, 2015, 1:15 pm

      Tradd Cotter will speak at the NOFA NY Winter Conference at the Saratoga Hilton and City Center on January 23-25, 2015. Tradd's first workshop will focus on Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water. More information to come!

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA NY Winter Conference
      NOFA NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs NY
      January 24, 2015, 1:30 am

      Tradd's third workshop at NOFA NY will focus on Urban Mushroom Cultivation.

    • Tradd Cotter at NOFA NY Winter Conference
      NOFA NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs NY
      January 24, 2015, 9:30 am

      Tradd's second workshop at NOFA NY will focus on Cultivating Mushrooms on Agricultural and Livestock Waste.

    • 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'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 lifewhether 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 thinkingone that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.


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