For more than twenty years, mycology expert Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter not only offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices; he shares the results of his groundbreaking research and offers myriad ways to apply your cultivation skills and further incorporate mushrooms into your life—whether your goal is to help your community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale.
The book first guides readers through an in-depth exploration of indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills range from integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden and building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn to producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4×4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns. For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter offers in-depth coverage of lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.
Cotter also reports his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.
Geared toward readers who want to grow mushrooms without the use of pesticides, Cotter takes “organic” one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinking—one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.
“If you want to grow your own mushrooms, then you need this book. Material is very well organized and thorough. Photography is beautiful. Save yourself some time on the learning curve with the tried and true methods presented by Mr. Cotter. ”
- S. C.
“I met the author at a workshop in South Carolina, where I found him to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject matter. I then bought this book. It is a good amount of information, but not overwhelming. It is also well-presented. It encourages me to know more and attempt a small project. ”
“This book is going to take me from WANTING to grow mushrooms to GROWING mushrooms! In easy to understand and logical steps the details are carefully explained. Humorous at times and obviously very carefully thought out, with fascinating color prints, this book really rocks! ”
- Laurence B