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 Texas, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania Fairs.


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Recycling and Composting with 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.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Mycotopia 2019 Medicinal mushrooms, magical molds, and magnificent mycorrhizae

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, this workshop still remains accessible to beginners and experienced mushroom folks alike who are looking to create harmony and many levels of symbiosis on their farm or homestead.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage

Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone Extended Workshop

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop gets you growing, and participants leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on the farm. Learn about inexpensive startup options for beginners and many commercial ideas to expand upon. This class will energize your efforts and maximize your production! Topics include: the life cycle of fungi; mushroom behavior and intuitive growing; choosing, buying, and storing spawn; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor production (small and large scale); converting existing structures into grow rooms (barns, chicken houses, storage containers); marketing your mushrooms (trends, demand, strategies); organic pest management; alternative product development (powders, extracts, composts). Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-1:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
North Carolina, Sunday 10:00-1:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Maryland, Sunday 10:00-1:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-4:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room A

Morning Mushroom Hunt and Identification Talk

For the fourth year, mycologist Tradd Cotter leads this fun, fungal, and informative mushroom hunt and identification walk around the beautiful Seven Springs grounds. The adventure starts at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Stage.
Organic Gardening Nature and Community

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 7:00-8:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage

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

Participants in this hands-on workshop learn how edible mushrooms can be spawned into straw bale gardens. Hear about intercropping plants and mushrooms, utilizing mycorrhizae, and vermicomposting with mushrooms in this clever twist on traditional raised gardening techniques. Attendees also make and receive a small mushroom starter culture to take home! Space is limited.
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 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 Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Maryland, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.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. Tradd Cotter discusses 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 Keynote

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Maryland, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage
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