speaker-info

Tradd Cotter

Mushroom Mountain

Chelsea Green Publishing

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 is 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 Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina Fairs

Workshops

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Mycotopia 2018: Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

Come learn how to braid mushrooms and other fungi into almost every aspect of your coexistence with this strategy guide for cultivating and extracting medicinal mushrooms, creating your own mycorrhizae for seed starting mixes, recycling home and farm waste, biological pest control and easy steps for cleaning contaminated soil and water. Broad in scope yet easy for beginners and experienced mushroom folks alike to create harmony and many levels of symbiosis at your farm or homestead.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage
Oregon, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mountain Rose Herbs Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage

Medicinal Mushroom Magic

Participants will enjoy the full circle experience of mushroom cultivation, harvesting, preparation, extractions, product development for personal care products and medicinal fungal foods. Tradd uses a combination of visual slides and a live extraction demo that makes the entire process a memorable and efficient learning experience. Learn basic mushroom cultivation principles, how the chemical properties of fungi are affected by their environment, and how you can create potent extracts and innovative medicinal and culinary products for home, family or your business’ product development.
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage

Hands-on: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

Join Tradd Cotter and cultivate your very own oyster mushrooms! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Organic Gardening Hands On

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations
Oregon, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
North Carolina, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations

Gardening with Mushrooms using Straw Bales, Wood Chips, and Recycled Cardboard

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens, intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist to traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees will also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home to expand and experiment with at the scavenger hunt and recycling demo! Space limited.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Oregon, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage

Fungi in the Classroom

Ever wonder what kind of projects you and your children can start at home or in school with mushrooms? This program is part show and part hands-on, with many cool experiments that are practical for demonstrating recycling and composting 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!
Kids Programming

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Oregon, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined
Texas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage

Four Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home

Looking for an amazingly easy class to get you started in growing mushrooms? Learn four easy methods of mushroom cultivation that have the potential for high yielding low-tech operations at home or on the farm. Discussed will be cultivating mushrooms on logs, stumps, wood chips, composts, spent coffee grounds, paper and cardboard. Learning these four techniques opens the door to being able to cultivate dozens of edible and medicinal species with little or no startup costs or expensive equipment.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage
Oregon, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined