speaker-info

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 Texas, Polyface Farm and Pennsylvania Fairs.

Workshops

Check It Out!

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

Available In:

Polyface Farm, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

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!
Kids Programming

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
Polyface Farm, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

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

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations A
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

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
Organic Gardening Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations A
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Building with Mushroom Mycelium: Mortar- and adhesive-free projects

Some mushrooms have a tensile strength more than 800,000 times their weight, are fast-growing, and the mycelium is not flammable. Paired with a good R-value, portability, and affordability, using fungi in natural building materials could be the future. Tradd Cotter also covers other promising projects, including an outdoor oven!
Green Building

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage
Polyface Farm, Workshop time to be determined

5 Cool Mushroom Cultivation Projects for Hot Southern Climates

Did you think it was too hot or dry to grow mushrooms in the South? Tradd Cotter covers several easy methods of cultivating edible mushrooms, composting with fungi, and recycling household and farm waste.
Organic Gardening Keynote

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage
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