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.
On June 11th, join one of the countrys pre-eminent mushroom growers and researchers to discover the numerous ways fungi can transform our lives and environments for the better. In this all-day workshop, Tradd Cotter will cover cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, and mycoremediation.
Cost to participate in this course is set at $110 for members of Georgia Organics, the Mushroom Club of Georgia and the East Lake Commons. Cost for non-members is $135.
On June 12th, Tradd Cotter will be conducting a tour of Mushroom Mountain! The tour will include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, a laboratory tour, research overviews, and a tour of the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will also be discussed along the way. The tour costs $15 to attend and will begin at 10:00AM.
Tradd Cotter will present at this year's Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville University on June 14-18th. Tradd will lead workshops on topics such as mycoremediation, recycling and composting with mushrooms, as well as on native plants and their fungal partners.
On July 9-10, Tradd Cotter will be teaching Mushroom Mountain's Annual Mycoremediation Workshop! This intensive two-day course will give participants the skill level they will need to provide mycoremediation services or community consultation for devastated habitats around residential sites, farms, commercial properties, and common public areas. Participants are encouraged to attend Mushroom Mountain's Mushroom Cultivation Workshop as a prerequisite to this course, as it will build a basic platform of knowledge necessary for this intensive program. Registration for this workshop costs $400.
on August 6-7, Tradd Cotter will lead a wild mushroom foraging permit course at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. This course is limited to 50 people and costs $463. Participants who pass this class will receive a 5-year mushroom foraging permit for South Carolina and Code 13 Approved States.
Tradd Cotter will present at the 2016 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA. Tradd will lead lectures all weekend on cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, and mycoremediation. Mushroom Hunts and identification also planned!
On November 12th, Tradd Cotter will be teaching an all-day Mushroom Cultivation Course at Mushroom Mountain in Easley, SC. The course includes instruction, an oyster fruiting kit, and a shiitake log to take home from hands-on activities. Participants will learn fungal ecology and life cycles, while immersed in hands-on methods to cultivate mushrooms on various surfaces, design mushroom gardens, and compost or recycle with fungi. This workshop costs $200, and all who wish to attend must register in advance. The cost of registration includes a home cooked breakfast and lunch. This workshop is limited to 30 people and typically sells out, so register ASAP!