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Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain

Chelsea Green Publishing

www.mushroommountain.com

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 22 years. He’s the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green in 2014. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain (which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, and daughter Heidi) to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries, and he currently maintains more than 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Books by this Speaker: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Tradd will be speaking at the Summer Online and Pennsylvania Fairs.

Workshops

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Mycoremediation, Recycling, and Composting of Home and Farm Waste Using Mushrooms

Are you wondering how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills? Tradd Cotter teaches how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes, and more into fresh mushrooms, and then add your leftover “fungus farm” to your garden to attract worms and enrich the soil. Create a circular system that’s a winner! Many species of edible and medicinal mushrooms sweat powerful enzymes into the environment as they grow, capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the United States are also well-adapted to filter, stun, and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure-holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Hear about easy, turnkey projects from beginner to advanced that anyone can do.
Hands On Practical Skills

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Mushroom Survival Skills: Keep fire, filter water, make fungal bandages, and clone with cardboard

Knowing how to use mushrooms in survival situations is a must during natural and man-made disasters. This class demonstrates several key skill sets needed to grow mushrooms off the grid. Doing so, you can create tinder, use the spent substrate to make water filters, and take advantage of medical uses (such as natural antibiotic bandages).
Modern Homesteading

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Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects with mushrooms you and your children can start at home or in school? Part show and part hands-on demonstration, this workshop features many cool experiments that are practical for teaching recycling and composting of home and school waste byproducts using mushroom spawn. Participants make and take home a small mushroom fruiting kit they make from shredded paper or cardboard, as well as a living culture!
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Easy Oyster Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners Hands-On Workshop (Sunday Session)

With author and organic gardener Tradd Cotter's help, learn to cultivate your very own oyster mushrooms at home! Find out how to use ordinary household or farm waste and turn it into edible mushrooms in just a few weeks. All participants take home small starter cultures and growing substrates to begin their cultivation journey! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Organic Gardening Hands On

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Easy Oyster Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners Hands-On Workshop (Saturday Session)

With author and organic gardener Tradd Cotter's help, learn to cultivate your very own oyster mushrooms at home! Find out how to use ordinary household or farm waste and turn it into edible mushrooms in just a few weeks. All participants take home small starter cultures and growing substrates to begin their cultivation journey! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
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