Mushroom Course ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Mushroom Course

   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

September 28-29, 2019

Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain at Spiral RidgeInterested in cultivating mushrooms and improving site conditions around the world?
Curious about medicinal fungi and how mushrooms can be used to remediate contaminated soil and water?

This workshop offers the best lectures and hands-on activities available, designed and taught personally by Tradd Cotter. Attendees,beginner to advanced alike, will leave with the knowledge and skill sets to accomplish their personal or professional goals, which will span from cultivating on a small to large scale, incorporating edible mushrooms and beneficial fungi into garden designs, medicinal mushroom cultivation and preparation, and the art of mycoremediation to clean contaminated soil and water from polluted sites. This weekend is going to empower and energize anyone who attends to make a difference in their local communities, and encourages the rapid employment of these concepts worldwide as a collective collaboration. Experience a weekend that will leave a lifelong impression, and let’s create this paradigm shift together.


Day 1- SaturdayPermaculture Mushroom Farming at Spiral Ridge

Registration check-in

Welcome and Introductions

Fungal Life Cycles and Ecology (PPT)

Mycorrhizae: Increasing Nutrient Bioavailability and Plant Disease Resistance

Log and Stump Cultivation: Inoculation Techniques, Care and Fruiting Strategies

Gardening with Mushrooms: Intercropping Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms in the Garden Design

Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms

Evening Program: The Future of Fungi (PPT)

Day 2- Sunday Mushroom course at Spiral Ridge

Medicinal Mushrooms: Species, Tincture Preparations, and Products (PPT and demo)

Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Dried Garden Waste

Mycoremediation Part 1 – How it Works, Site Surveys, and Prototype Development (PPT and demo)

Mycoremediation Part 2 – Biomass Expansion and Species Selection (PPT and demo)

Mycoremediation Part 3 – Installation and Testing

Shrooming off the Grid – Low-Tech Perpetual Mushroom Production and Disaster Relief Modules

Closing Discussion and Farewells

tradd cotterInstructor: 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.  He is the author of the book, Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation, published by Chelsea Green.

Course Details:  Course venue is Spiral Ridge Permaculture.  Includes lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast and lunch Sunday.  Free camping Saturday night.  Please see Course FAQ’s page for more info. on venue, food and cancellation policy. 

This course is $300 and includes 1-2 nights camping, 4 fully catered high quality meals, an oyster fruiting kit and shiitake log to take home from hands-on activities (a $50 value).  If you do not want camping or meals the price is $250.  Couples/friends signing up together receive an additional $2o discount each.  Three or more signing up together receive additional discounts.  Email for more information.  This course sold out last year, so sign up early.  

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