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6.11.16 Mushroom Intensive with Tradd Cotter

2016 Jan-May

6.11.16 Mushroom Intensive with Tradd Cotter

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6.11.16 Mushroom Intensive with Tradd Cotter

from 110.00

Join the one of the country’s pre-eminent mushroom growers and researchers to discover the numerous ways fungi can transform our lives and environments for the better. In this all-day workshop, we’ll cover:

CULTIVATION: Whether you have a farm or simply a countertop, you’ll learn affordable and easy cultivation methods for the beginner and how to scale up for those interested in commercial growing. We’ll cover the 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).

Get hands on, returning home with inoculated logs and wood chips to start you on your path to cultivation.

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS:  The effects of mushrooms on the human immune system and our developing understanding about their ability to protect from and cure diseases is ground-breaking and promises hope for curing ailments at home and around the world. Explore the most potent medicinal mushrooms and learn the cultivation principles and preparations including powders, extracts, and many other forms that will stimulate health and enhance well-being.

MYCOREMEDIATION: Mushrooms are capable of dissembling complex molecules in our water and soil, such as hydrocarbons, chlorine, and pesticides. They are well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. We will cove biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for mycoremediation projects.

Whether you have a rooftop, patio, yard, or farm, these techniques of cultivation, medicine making, and remediation can be used. We’ll explore successful strategies that can be customized to your situation.

About the Instructor:
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. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina. (From Chelsea Green Publishing)


** Want to become a member of Georgia Organics and save on classes while supporting the local food movement? Join today! Or, find out how to join the Mushroom Club of Georgia.**

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