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

Upcoming Events and Calendar


 
AUG 5-6, 2017 Mother Earth News Fair - Albany, Oregon
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
AUG 9, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Tour
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way! Group visits, discounted reservations - contact us for open dates and times. An experience that will last a lifetime for all ages!
AUG 12-13, 2017 Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - Mushroom Mountain (Approved by SCDHEC, GADPH and NCDPH)

This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the state health departments and formally approved for the foraging and selling of wild mushrooms in the following states: Georgia, South Carolina  and North Carolina. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 2 weeks ahead of the class.

Where: Mushroom Mountain, 200 Finley Rd, Easley SC 29657
When: Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm

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AUG 15-21, 2017 TELLURIDE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
AUG 30, 2017 LAB SKILLS 1 | MUSHROOM MOUNTAIN UNIVERSITY - LIVE ONLINE CLASS | PRICE: $20
Interested in starting your own small lab for home or business? This class helps you determine the best way to build your own laminar culture hood, plus gives instruction on how to start agar and grain formulas for isolating spores and cloning mushrooms.  
NOTE: Iphone and Ipad are not supported with this platform. No downloadable content or PPTs.

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SEPT 2, 2017 ASHEVILLE FUNGI FEST

Schedule
9:00-10:00am Early class: "Meet the Mushrooms" - Jay Justice
10:00 am General admission starts
11:00am-noon Mushroom Walk #1
11:00am-noon "The Peculiar World of Mushrooms" - Michael Hopping
1:00-2:00pm "Myco-remediation of Contaminated Soil & Water" - Tradd Cotter
1:00-2:00pm "Growing Mushrooms on Logs” - Sheila Dunn
1:30-2:30pm Mushroom Walk #2
2:00-3:00pm "Can I Eat It? Exploring edibility, cautiously” - Alan Muskat
3:00-4:00 pm "Medicinal Mushrooms" - Tradd Cotter
3:00-4:30PM "Cooking with mushrooms" - Michael Gentry
5:00 PM Fungifest closes

We will also have a booth at this events with lots of cool mushroom goodies and gifts
SEPT 6, 2017 LAB SKILLS II | MUSHROOM MOUNTAIN UNIVERSITY - LIVE ONLINE CLASS | PRICE: $50
Building on the first module, learn some intermediate techniques, how to perform grain to grain and sawdust transfers as well as some equipment that makes liquid culture easy  without buying expensive equipment. 
NOTE: Iphone and Ipad are not supported with this platform. No downloadable content or PPTs.

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SEPT 9, 2017 HOMESTEADING FESTIVAL - Mineral Springs Park - Williamston SC, 8am-4pm
The Homesteading Festival and VW Campout held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park delighted festival goers with a wide variety of displays, vendors and information as well as a chance to see some vintage VW Beetles and vans.
SEPT 13, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Tour: 2-3:30pm
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way! Group visits, discounted reservations - contact us for open dates and times. An experience that will last a lifetime for all ages!
SEPT 15-16, 2017 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR - Seven Springs, PA

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.
SEPT 23, 2017 CAVE SPRING MUSHROOM FESTIVAL - Rolater Park, 13 Old Cedartown Rd, Cave Spring, GA 3012
SEPT 29-OCT 1, 2017 SCUMS/MCG/AMC Oconee Foray

The variety of fungi at Oconee is amazing and never the same on two visits. We have found and identified well over 100 species on each of our previous forays with very different species turning up on each time. A species list from previous forays will be sent to attendees.

Our lead mycologists will be Andy Methven, Arleen and Alan Bessette.

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OCT 14-15, 2017 Spiral Ridge Mushroom Weekend: Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae:  Cultivation, Gardening, Mycoremediation, Medicinal Use and Permaculture of Fungi

An intimate 2-day immersion course with Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain, author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Chelsea Green

To sign up, please click here
OCT 18, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Tour: 2-3:30pm
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way! Group visits, discounted reservations - contact us for open dates and times. An experience that will last a lifetime for all ages!
OCT 25-29, 2017 Central South native Plant Conference, Birmingham, AL
NOV 4, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Fall Cultivation Workshop 9am-3pm - Our most popular day-long cultivation event with home cooked breakfast and lunch. Includes instruction, oyster fruiting kit and shiitake log to take home from hands-on activities (a $50 value). Taught personally by Tradd Cotter on-site at the Mushroom Mountain Farm in Easley, SC. Participants will learn fungal ecology and life cycles, while immersed in hands-on methods to cultivate mushrooms on logs, stumps, wood chips, and straw, designing mushroom gardens, and composting or recycling with fungi. Directions and more information will be mailed to you upon registration. Must register in advance. This workshop is limited to 30 people and typically sells out. Requests for waiting list possible if full and there is a cancellation.

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NOV 15, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Tour: 2-3:30pm
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way! Group visits, discounted reservations - contact us for open dates and times. An experience that will last a lifetime for all ages!
DEC 13, 2017 Mushroom Mountain Tour: 2-3:30pm
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way! Group visits, discounted reservations - contact us for open dates and times. An experience that will last a lifetime for all ages!
FEB 10-11, 2018
Wild Mushroom Food Safety Certification - Georgia (Approved by SCDHEC, GADPH and NCDPH)
5 year mushroom foraging permit for South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the State of South Carolina and Georgia. Signups will receive a study guide and slides 1 week ahead of the class.

Limited to 50 people, and no refunds will be available for this event.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center - Savannah, Georgia
9 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
A wonderful, scenic Wildlife center right outside of Historic Savannah, the island is nestled into the surrounding marsh habitats and houses many native animals in beautiful and spacious enclosures as a bonus to all visitors out strolling around for mushrooms!  This class will accommodate up to 50 attendees. Smoking, pets, and fishing is not permitted anywhere on the Nature Center grounds. Bring your own lunch.

Taught personally by Tradd Cotter, authorized DHEC and GADPH Mushroom Hunting Instructor. This permit may be valid in other states that have adopted a Code 13 policy, your state will need to contact us to evaluate and approve this permit for your state’s food safety authority.

According to state law, 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)

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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 NCDPH)

For current classes, please click here

This permit will allow for sale of wild foraged mushrooms in the State of South Carolina.


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. We reserve the right to change the price of this class without any notice. Thank you for understanding. 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)

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