With innovative new methods for urban and off-grid growing, making
mushroom-infused beers, morel cultivation, and more...
What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?
"Finally, an accessible
resource covering a wide variety of mushroom-cultivation approaches.
Tradd Cotter's book fills an enormous need—I've been wishing for a
resource like this for a long time. This is the kind of book I'll keep
nearby and will turn to often over the years. Any farmer or gardener who
wishes to garner food or medicine value from wood needs to understand
and cultivate mushrooms. And this is the best all-around manual I've
"Mushroom cultivation should
be playing a much bigger role in our gardens and farms. Tradd Cotter's
Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation provides low-cost, easily
accessible techniques for growing mushrooms indoors and outdoors, from
home to commercial scale."
The book guides readers through both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills include:
For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter covers lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.
"Tradd Cotter has written
a clear, comprehensive guide that is a gift to amateur as well as
professional mushroom growers. The pages are enlivened by Cotter's
enthusiasm for the many possibilities that fungi offer, and his obvious
familiarity with growing these marvelous creatures—not just theoretical
knowledge—makes the book particularly valuable. This book opens the
doors wide to a diverse and fascinating fungal world."
“Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation is a guide and inspiration for new and experienced mushroom cultivators alike. Tradd Cotter has done a great job of combining the complexity of mushroom cultivation with the intuitive simplicity of 'small steps.' Highly recommended for fungophiles as a great read and reference!”
—Jim Gibson, past president, Colorado Mycological Society
"Tradd Cotter has done a wonderful job sharing his practical experience in a well-organized way with illustrations that clearly underline the topics. Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation is an invaluable resource for teaching students about mushroom cultivation."
—Peter Oei, author of Mushroom Cultivation, director of horticulture innovation at InnovatieNetwerk, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and founder of MeattheMushroom.nl and spore.nl.
Cotter also provides readers with insight into his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, "training" mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.
“This book is much more than a cultivation guide. It is about healing the people and the planet, one mushroom and one cultivator at a time, reversing destructive cycles into creative forces,” writes Cotter in the introduction. “If we think with an opportunistic yet minimalistic approach, much like a mushroom, taking what it needs to survive and then returning resources to its ecosystem so they can be used by others, the future looks like somewhere I want to be.”
introduction to growing and utilizing fungi has something for all
mushroom-inclined readers, be they individuals curious about growing
edible fungi in their backyards or basements, prospective mushroom
farmers setting up large growing systems, educators from kindergarten to
college levels, or innovators experimenting with eco-friendly
materials. In addition to providing step-by-step directions for growing
mushrooms, the book foodies, amateur scientists, and activists with
esoteric and advanced applications for them, such as mushroom-infused
beers; “mushroom modules” that can be used for food, water filtration,
or insect control in disaster relief; and mushrooms that can be
“trained” to break down specific contaminants. Both practical and
passionate, Cotter offers extensive and detailed information about
mushroom biology, propagation, and remediation for novices. This
refreshing take goes beyond typical how-tos, which only provide rote
directions and absolute answers. He has equal interest in encouraging
budding mycologists, mushroom growers, and mycoremediators to observe,
experiment, and add to the knowledge of this mysterious burgeoning
field. (Sept.) "
—Publishers Weekly - see review here
Southern Fork: Episode 56: Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain (Easley, SC)
Make way for Foraged Wild Mushrooms - Free Times
Mushroom business built from ground up
Wild Mushrooms - What to Eat and What to Avoid - MNN - by Tom Oder
A Re-Cap: Telluride’s 32nd Mushroom Festival a.k.a. SHROOMFEST - Female and Fungi, A radical exploration between the cross-sections
How I came to witness the amazing pink mushroom - by GREEN, preparing for the post-apocalypse
Tradd Cotter returns to Mushfest, Telluride - Article and Podcast by Susan Viebrock
Backyard Adventures in Mycelium - Tradd Cotter for CFSA
Tio in the Road - Visiting Mushroom Mountain - Clint Viebrock for Telluride inside and Out
Mushroom Festival Mushroom Beer - Telluride Daily Planet
Telluride Mushroom Festival Cook Off - Telluride Inside and Out
Fantastic Fungi - By Katie Klingsporn, Telluride, CO
Mushrooms For Everyone
How to Grow King Stropharia Mushrooms pt. II: Checking for Mycelium - treehugger.com
The Post & Courier (Faith and Values), Dec 7, 2008 - Trading Eggs for Mushrooms - LINK COMING SOON
The Easley Progress - The Pickens Sentinel, Oct 1, 2008 - Mushroom Mania - Liberty Man says they can kill PCBs - LINK COMING SOOM
Abbey Industry Mushrooms - The Post and Courier - LINK COMING SOON
Fungus Among Us - Dirt Diaries
Shiitake Love - Growing Days
Think Like a Mushroom - Keia Mastriani - Carolina Farm Stewards Blog
Fungal Fervor - by NewGrassGardens