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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 is speaking in Texas, Pennsylvania and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.

Workshops

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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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Morning Mushroom Hunt and Identification Talk

For the fifth 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.
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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.
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Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

Join best-selling author and mushroom researcher Tradd Cotter as he guides you through an introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms. The quality and potency of mushrooms is a direct reflection of their environment, and Tradd walks you through the process of how mushrooms program their chemistry to achieve the best results. A gallery of common species that can be easily grown or wild harvested is included in this simplified and informational overview that will get you started making your own medicinal remedies for many health conditions.
Practical Skills

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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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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.
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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

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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

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