June 7-10, 2018
Faculty: Tradd Cotter
Mushroom Mountain’s Tradd Cotter leads an exclusive four-day immersion course that dives into mushroom ecology and basic identification, farm reproduction methods and cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms, extracts, and tinctures. Beginners and advanced students alike will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish a range of personal or professional goals, including: cultivating fungi on small and large scales, incorporating edible mushrooms and beneficial fungi into garden designs, identifying wild mushrooms, cultivating and preparing medicinal mushrooms, and cleaning contaminated soils and polluted water through mycoremediation.
The first day of the course will focus on ecology and basic identification of fungi, covering life cycles, inter-kingdom interactions, collecting mushrooms, basic identification techniques, dissections, and microscopy, as well as preservation and storage of mushrooms. On day two, we will focus on sterile tissue culture, strain isolation, spawn generation, and culture maintenance and storage. During the third day, we will work on outdoor cultivation of mushrooms with a variety of inoculation media: logs and stumps, wood chips and compost, and straw and agricultural waste. We will also explore recycling with mushrooms. On our final day together, our focus will split between both mycoremediation and medicinal mushrooms.
The workshop is designed to empower and energize anyone who attends to make a difference in their local communities; it encourages the rapid deployment of these concepts worldwide as a collective collaboration.
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Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prerequisites: In order to take full advantage of this course we recommend students have prior knowledge or brush up on the following topics:
- Fundamental biology and chemistry related to micro-organisms
- Beginner taxonomy of mushrooms, molds and mycorrhizae
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $750 / Pricing after May 24th: $775 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Faculty Bio: 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 22 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 Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (Chelsea Green, 2014). 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.