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Mushroom Mountain University

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 twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects.

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About this Course


This LIVE session covers the fundamentals of cultivating a variety of edible mushrooms both indoors and outdoors in a detailed format with video clips, slides, and live moderation and interaction from author Tradd Cotter. Covered will be oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and waste, king stropharia on wood chips, and shiitake mushrooms on logs

These classes pair wonderfully with the text as the companion reference and students will be directed to specific pages or chapters during the lesson.  The goals of Tradd’s online classes are to focus on the more challenging aspects that may require digital media to convey the skillsets needed to achieve the best success possible and to eliminate trial and error. NOTE: Not all questions can be answered in a LIVE class, Tradd picks the incoming messages on a relevance based on the topic and level of interest to everyone attending the class.

  •  beginner to intermediate  – 2 hours
  • suggested prerequisite: Ecology and Life Cycle Primer