Upcoming Events and Calendar | Lectures / Workshops / Tours | Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification

Upcoming Events and Calendar


 
JAN 8-9, 2016 Mushrooms with Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain - Chattanooga, TN
For program and other information, please click here
JAN 23, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour - FULL
FEB 3-7, 2016 PASA Conference - Farming For the Future
The Penn State Conference Center - State College, PA
For program and other information, please click here
FEB 13, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour - FULL
FEB 20-21, 2016 Mother Earth News Fair - Belton, TX
FEB 26-28, 2016 Georgia Organics - Columbus, GA
MAR 5, 2016 SCOOL Conference - Greenville, SC
“Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone”
“Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: Ecology and Permaculture of Fungi”
MAR 7, 2016 Boston Mycological Society - Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water
MAR 8, 2016 Cape Cod Mycological Society - Medicinal Mushroom Magick
http://www.capecodmushroom.org/home.html
MAR 9, 2016 Ecological Landscape Alliance, Keynote
UMass Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, MA
MAR 11-13, 2016 Organic Growers School Conference, NC
MAR 14, 2016 SCUMS, Morel Madness
http://scumsonline.com/Events/index.asp
MAR 19-20, 2016 Identifying wild mushrooms for food safety certification - workshop (SC and GA approved course) Sesquicentenial State Park, Columbia, SC
APR 9-10, 2016 Mother Earth News Fair, Asheville, NC
APR 16-17, 2016 Identifying wild mushrooms for food safety certification - workshop (SC and GA approved course) Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA
APR 23, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Cultivation Workshop
APR 24, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour
MAY 14-15, 2016 Sterling College, Vermont
Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae Workshop - Two Day Cultivation and Permaculture of Fungi Immersion
MAY 19-20, 2016 Kinnection Campout 2016
May 19 - Keynote - MYCOTOPIA
May 20 - Cultivation and Mycoremediation
http://www.kinnectioncampout.org
MAY 27-29, 2016 Sharondale Farm - Charlottesville, Virginia
Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae Workshop - Two Day Cultivation and Permaculture of Fungi Immersion
Tradd Cotter, Mark Jones
June 4-5, 2016 Mother Earth News Fair - Linn County Expo Center - Albany, Oregon
JUN 11, 2016 Atlanta Homestead - TBA
JUN 12, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Farm Tour
JUN 14-18, 2016 Native Plans in the Landscape Conference, Millersville University (Lancaster, PA)
  • Mycoremediation Workshop
  • Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms
  • Soul Mates for Life - Native Plants and their Fungal Partners
JUL 9-10, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Mycoremediation Workshop
JUL 22-24, 2016 Wild Herb Weekend - Keynote - Valle Crucis, NC
JUL 29, 2016 Newtown Alliance Mycoremediation Seminar, Brooklyn, NY
JUL 30, 2016 Medicinal Mushroom Magick, Brooklyn, NY
AUG 6-7, 2016 Identifying wild mushrooms for food safety certification - workshop (SC and GA approved course) Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, GA
AUG 17-21, 2016 Telluride Mushroom Festival
AUG 26-27, 2016 Charleston Wild Mushroom Celebration
Dinner and Forays
More information please click here
SEP 8-12, 2016 North American Mycological Association Annual Meeting and Forays
Shennandoah Valley, Front Royal, VA
TBA
SEP 16-20, 2016

Fungi Cultivation & Foraging Short Course

Explore the wondrous world of fungi and learn how to grow and forage mushrooms with Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and special guest instructor Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain and author of Organic Mushrooms Farming & Mycoremediation.

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SEP 23-25, 2016 Mother Earth News Fair - Seven Springs, PA
Lectures all weekend on cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, and mycoremediation. Mushroom Hunts and identification planned!
SEP 30-OCT 2, 2016 Oconee Foray
OCT 3, 2016 Whetstone Farms Keynote
OCT 8, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Tour - Sign Up Here
OCT 13, 2016 FDA Regional Food Safety - Wild Mushroom Safety Lecture
OCT 15-16, 2016 Mushrooms, Mold and Mycorrhizae Workshop
Two Day Cultivation and Permaculture of Fungi Immersion
Spiral Ridge Permaculture Center, Summerton, TN
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NOV 4-6, 2016 CFSA
NOV 12, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Cultivation Workshop
NOV 13, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Tour - Sign Up Here
DEC 2-4, 2016 Tennessee Local Food Summit -
Class 1. Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation
Class 2. 4 Easy Ways to Grow Mushrooms at Home
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DEC 3, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Mini Holiday Cultivation Workshop
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DEC 4, 2016 Mushroom Mountain Tour - Sign Up Here
FEB 17-18, 2017 Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference - Franklin, TN
- General Session - Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone
- Intensive Hands-On - Cultivating Mushrooms on Logs, Wood Chips, Straw and Compost
JUN 9-11, 2017 13th International Herb Symposium, Wheaton College - Norton Massachusetts
- Intensive: Medicinal Mushroom Gardening and Apothecary
- General Session: Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: The Ecology and Permaculture of Fungi
- General Session: Medicinal Mushroom Magick
MAY 27, 2017 Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) in Tryon, NC
AMAZING FUNGI – THE DARK MATTER THAT BOUNDS ALL LIFE
Join mushroom expert Tradd Cotter, mycologist and founder of Mushroom Mountain, for a fascinating lecture on native plants and their fungal partners. In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance. Plants and fungi have merged and continue to unveil the benefits of collaborating with nature. We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology. Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet.

Lectures / Workshops / Tours

For booking rates and availability, please contact us (sporeprints@gmail.com, 864-855-2469). *Rates below do not include travel and lodging. Combinations of classes are available per request. Prices are subject to change.

POWERPOINTS

All power points are beautiful colored slides, photographs, many with video and time lapse detailing all aspects of the topics outlined. Slides can be reduced to simplify or expanded in detail to accommodate and customize the scope of subject matter presented. Handouts are provided via internet link with applicable PDF’s, excel worksheets, supplier information, and more for download to minimize paper waste and reduce intensive note- taking for attendees.

MUSHROOM CULTIVATION FOR EVERYONE

(1 hour powerpoint lecture) – overview/beginner to intermediate
$400 for up to 20 attendees + $15 each additional attendee

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You’ll learn about inexpensive start-up options for beginners, and many commercial ideas to expand on.




MUSHROOM CULTIVATION FOR EVERYONE

(3-4 Hour Powerpoint workshop) – in depth/beginner to advanced commercial cultivation
$1000 for up to 20 attendees + $30 each additional attendee

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. You’ll learn about inexpensive start-up options for beginners, and many commercial ideas to expand on.

This class will energize your efforts and maximize your production! Topics include: 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).


MEDICINAL MUSHROOM GARDENS – CULTIVATION AND PREPARATION

(1 hour powerpoint lecture with Reishi Tea tasting)
$350 for up to 100 attendees + $1 each additional attendee

Learn the incredible properties of many common fungi that have been used for centuries. Find out about their effects on the human immune system and promising hope for developing protection and cures for deadly and pandemic diseases worldwide. Explore some of the most potent medicinal mushrooms and how you can grow them at home in your garden in this in-depth, but easy to digest class. Learn the cultivation principles and preparation of medicinal mushrooms for creating powders, extracts, and many other forms of fungal products that will stimulate your health and enhance your well-being.


MYCOREMEDIATION

(1 hour powerpoint)
$250 - unlimited attendance

“Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water” - Many species of edible fungi sweat powerful enzymes into the environment capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the U.S. are also well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Learn how these mushrooms perform these miraculous tasks and how to develop a living barrier or filtration system that is customized to fit your needs. Talk will focus on biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for mycoremediation projects.


SHROOMIN’ OFF THE GRID

(1 hour powerpoint)
$250 - unlimited attendance

Low –tech and no-tech methods for high yielding mushroom cultivation with a low-to-no carbon footprint. Solar pasteurization, mycelial magnification procedures, disaster relief modules, utilizing indigenous and invasive plants, mycovermiculture, circular and perpetual food systems designs. A great way to enhance a current mushroom production system or create a revolutionary food system concept of your own.



SUMMER AND TROPICAL MUSHROOM CULTIVATION

(1 hour powerpoint)
$400 for up to 20 attendees + $15 each additional attendee

Hot, summer weather deters many mushroom growers from attempting fruiting during summer months or in more tropical climates, but there are a few great edibles that can be grown in intense heat under primitive and low-tech conditions that make them profitable candidates using locally available growing substrates.

Will cover cultivation strategies for paddy straw (Volvariella volvacea) , Giant Milky (Calocybe indica), Almond Portabella (Agaricus blazei/brasiliensis/subfrutescens), and more using tropical manures and native plant by-products such as hyacinth, banana fronds, sugar cane, invasives and other common tropical plant debris.


RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING WITH MUSHROOMS

(1 hour powerpoint)
$250 - unlimited attendance

Are you wondering how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills? Join Tradd Cotter to learn how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes and more in to 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!



Mushrooms: Man’s Biological Allies

(1 hour Powerpoint)
$250 - unlimited attendance

Learn everything from recycling and composting household items using fungi to bioremediating oil spills and toxic waste with native mushrooms. Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain will delve deeper into the fungal kingdom than ever before,
describing new research with medicinal compounds and remarkable new applications for fungi in agriculture, medicine, and bioremediation. A must-see for the experienced naturalist, budding young scientist, or environmental decision makers in the area.


URBAN MUSHROOM CULTIVATION

(1 hour powerpoint)
$400 for up to 20 attendees + $15 each additional attendee

Rooftop, Patio, and Indoor Techniques (includes recycling, composting, hydroponic designs, intercropping with plants) for cultivating mushrooms in and around cities where space and resources are thought of as obstacles. This lecture breaks the mold
and explores the ways to successfully cultivate in small spaces, using growing materials commonly found or used or recycled from kitchen and home waste, converting it into edible mushrooms for you and your neighbors!



Soul Mates For Life: Native Plants and their Fungal Partners"

(1 hour powerpoint)
$250 - unlimited attendance

In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance. Our very existence relies on the bonds between them. Plants and fungi have merged and performed sacred vows, and continue to unveil their brilliance and benefits of collaborating with nature. We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology, they can help us speak their language. Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet.


HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Workshops may require additional materials such as take home items (logs, straw kits, etc) depending on cost of attendance and availability. Handouts are provided either in hard copy or via internet link with applicable PDF’s, excel worksheets, supplier
information, and more for download to minimize paper waste and reduce intensive note- taking for attendees.


MUSHROOM CULTIVATION WORKSHOP - Beginner to Intermediate

(4 Hour hands-on Outdoor Cultivation)
$100 per person. Other options are available, including take home logs and mushroom kits. Please email (sporeprints@gmail.com) or call (864-855-2469) to discuss.

If you think growing mushrooms is too complicated, here’s your chance to see how easy and rewarding it can be. This workshop will get you growing, and you’ll leave understanding the best ways to cultivate delicious mushrooms at home or on your farm. Inexpensive start-up options for beginners.

This class will energize your efforts and maximize your production! Topics include: life cycle of fungi; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor production (small scale) organic pest management.


MYCOREMEDIATION

(6 hours powerpoint/outdoors) in-depth/hands-on
$500 per person. 10 attendees minimum.

Designing and maintaining water filtration units. Biological and chemical pollutant remediation. Herbicide degradation. Soil testing and better management practice precedents. Mycopesticides – Entomopathogenic fungi in the U.S., discovery and isolation, challenges in a chemical dominated industry. This hands-on version of the shorter power point allows attendees to design and build a filtration system given a site survey and theoretical pollutant situation to solve. Bean and worm assays will be constructed, example data will be given for statistical reporting and experimental analysis for publication standards.

*Rates above do not include travel and lodging, combinations of classes are available per request. Prices are subject to change.

TOURS

Mushroom Mountain offers tours for anyone that is interested in mushrooms, whether it be wild mushroom foraging, cooking, cultivating, or is just curious about the whole mushroom world. All tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Tours consist of:

  • Lesson in "Mushroom Ecology & Life Cycle"
  • Lesson in "Mycoremediation"
  • Lab Tour
  • Lesson in "Mushrooms in your Garden"

  • Fruiting Room Tour

NOTE: Tours are customized for school groups based on level of education. Email (sporeprints@gmail.com) or call (864-855-2469) Olga to customize tour.

Price per person is $15.00. For groups of 20 people and more, tours are $12.00 per person.

We also offer mushroom spawn at a discounted price for tour attendees only (discounts valid for bulk sawdust spawn). Please see our shopping cart for available spawn. If you don't see something you like/want in the online store, please let us know in advance, we might be able to make it for you. No pets allowed!

Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification (Approved by SCDHEC and GADPH)

When: April 1-2, 2017
Where: SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK. 9564 Two Notch RD | Columbia, SC 2922, 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Click Here to Register


When: TBA
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center - Roswell, Georgia, 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday


When: February 11-12, 2017
Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center - Savannah, Georgia, 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Click Here to Register

This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the State of South Carolina. Click Here for a list of current certified mushroom foragers.



AGENDA


Saturday
9:00 Arrive and Registration
9:30 Permit Overview and Guideline, Exam Description
10:00 Ecology Walk and Collections, Ethics and Protecting Forests, Picking for Resale
11:00 PPT – Gilled Mushrooms
12:00 Lunch (not included in price, please bring your own), Photos for IDs
1:00 PPT – Non-gilled Mushrooms
2:00 Dissections, Color Reactions, Exudates
3:00 Proper Handling, Storage, Packaging, Safety Regulations
4:00-5:00 Written Exam – Day 1

Sunday
9:00 Arrive
9:30 Ecology Walk and Collections, Ethics and Protecting Forests, Picking for Resale
11:00 PPT – Toxins, Poisons and Treatments
12:00 Lunch (not included in price, please bring your own)
1:00 Field Identification Skill, Practice and Review
2:00 Field Identification and Written Exam – Day 2


Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 week ahead of the class. Limited to 50 people. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR THIS CLASS, unless there is a waiting list. Email us at sporeprints@gmail.com, and we can go from there.

Wild foraged mushrooms species must be individually inspected and found to be safe by an approved mushroom identification expert that:

(A) Has met the requirements of knowledge and passed an exam and
(B) Will harvest only those mushrooms species listed below:

  • Pink Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus)
  • Golden Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius, C.lateritius, C. Appalachiensis)
  • Yellow Morel (Morchella esculenta)
  • Tulip Morel (Morchella deliciosa)
  • Black morel (Morchella elata)
  • Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax)
  • Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
  • Wood Ears (Auricula auricularia, A. Fuscosuccinea)
  • Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, L.cincinnatus, L.perscinus)
  • Beefsteak (Fistulina hepatica)
  • Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
  • Lions Mane or Pom Pom (Hericium erinaceus, H.ramosum)
  • White Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus, P. pulmonarius, P. populinus, P. floridanus)
  • Cauliflower (Sparassis crispa, S.herbstii, S.spathulata)
  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
  • Blewits (Clitocybe nuda)
  • Honey (Armillaria ostoyae, A.mellea, A.tabescens)
  • Blue Milky (Lactarius indigo)
  • Golden Milkies (Lactarius corrugis, L.volemus)
  • Pecan Truffle (Tuber lyonii)

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE