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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 Club of Georgia
      2059 Lavista Road Northeast, Atlanta GA
      September 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Tradd Cotter, of Mushroom Mountain in Liberty, SC will present "Reversing Pandora's Box: Fungal Solutions to Pollution, Pandemics, and Global Starvation" He'll be discussing Mushroom Rescue Modules, a new patent-pending medical extraction procedure, and training fungi to clean contaminated air, soil and water. He'll also be bringing copies of his brand new book; Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation --- With innovative new methods for urban and off-grid growing, making mushroom-infused beers, morel cultivation,

    • Tradd Cotter at the Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair
      Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs PA
      September 12, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Trad will speak on the Storey Stage on Friday, September, 12, to talk about "Shrooming off the Grid." More details to come...

    • Tradd Cotter at the Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair
      Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs PA
      September 13, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Trad will speak on the Mother Earth Living Stage on Saturday, to talk about "Medicinal Mushroom Gardens."

    • Tradd Cotter at the Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair
      Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs PA
      September 13, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Tradd will speak on the PASA Stage on Saturday at 5:30 to talk about Mycroremediation of Home and Farm Waste. More details to come...

    • Tradd Cotter at Seven Springs Mother Earth News Fair
      Mother Earth News, Seven Springs PA
      September 14, 2014, 11:30 am

      Tradd will speak on the Mother Earth Living Stage on Sunday, September 14, to discuss Medicinal Mushroom Gardens.

    • Tradd Cotter at The Earth Market
      220 North Main St., Greenville SC
      September 17, 2014, 11:00 am

      Tradd will be at the Slow Food Upstate booth at The Earth Market on September 17. Tradd will be signing copies of his book and will have mushroom samples available.

    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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