Tradd Cotter was a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band until he heard a BAM!!!…More than two decades later, he’s leading some exciting mycology research while teaching folks how to grow their own mushrooms for food.
Tradd is training fungi to vanquish antibiotic-resistant bacteria, purify water for disaster victims, clean up toxic spills, and more. We also talk about how researchers are using psychedelic mushrooms to treat PTSD.
Tradd’s excited about enlisting mushrooms to help us face a bumpy future. He imagines being able to drop life-saving mushroom rescue boxes behind battle lines and into refugee camps. If you know anyone who wants to fund something like that, contact Tradd here:
What if you just want to grow some delicious food? Or make mushroom beer? Or craft your own tinctures? Tradd’s written a comprehensive, user-friendly book that will tell you how: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation. Mushrooms are easy to grow, delicious, and nutritionally powerful. And, as we discuss in this episode, if you feed certain types to reindeer and then eat the yellow snow…
Tradd and his wife, Olga, run a licensed research lab and a mushroom farm at Mushroom Mountain in South Carolina. Their two-year-old daughter, Heidi, is already wild harvesting chanterelles in the woods.
Music in this episode is “Mushroom” by Rod Hamilton, from the album Teal, via Creative Commons.
UPDATE February 2017: Tradd Cotter returns to Vermont!!
I took Tradd’s multi-day class at Sterling College, a small, environmentally focused school in Craftsbury, VT. It’s a sweet little town surrounded by mountains, lakes, forests, and farms. He’s returning in May 2017–and there’ll also be classes by fermentation activist Sandor Kraut (see my interview with him, Episode 10) and others. Vermont is so fantastic in summer. And Tradd and Sandor are incredibly smart, engaging, funny–and definitely hands-on! Check out Sterling’s School of the New American Farmstead.