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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 Williamston Farmers Market
      Williamston Farmers Market, Williamston SC
      October 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Book Signing and Cultivation Demonstration at the Williamston Farmers Market. More details to come.

    • Tradd Cotter at Mushroom Mania- Cultivation, Identification, and Mycoremediation Short COurse
      Mt.Cuba Center, Hockessin DE
      October 11, 2014, 12:00 pm
    • Tradd Cotter at The Earth Market
      220 North Main St., Greenville SC
      October 15, 2014, 11:00 am

      Tradd will be at the Slow Food Upstate booth at The Earth Market on October 15. Tradd will be signing copies of his book and will have mushroom samples available.

    • Tradd Cotter at FALL Mushroom Mountain Spring Cultivation Workshop
      , Liberty SC
      October 18, 2014, 8:30 am

      This is a an all day event at the "Mushroom Mountain" farm in Liberty, SC, taught by Tradd Cotter. Lunch is provided. Includes instruction, innoculated shiitake log, and a fruiting kit. Participants will learn different methods to cultivate mushrooms, designing mushroom gardens, and composting with fungi. If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will instantly get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or 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.

    • Tradd Cotter at Kentucky Arborists Association Conference
      KAA Conference, Lexington KY
      October 23, 2014, 8:00 am

      Tradd Cotter will speak at the Kentucky Arborists Association Annual Conference on October 23-24, 2014. More details to come.

    • 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'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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