Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

by Daisy

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After a toxic oil spill in my garden, one of the readers of our blog kindly contacted mycologist Tradd Cotter on my behalf. One of the perks of having a blog with its group of great readers is people like her.

First of all, in case you didn’t know, a mycologist is a biologist who specializes in fungi. Tradd Cotter has been making a name for himself in the subfield of mycoremediation, the use of fungi to remediate, or remove, pollutants from the environment. Here’s the author:


Tradd offered his help. The long and the short of that situation is I am still in bureaucratic limbo with the utility company and the local EPA, so I’ve been unable to avail myself of that help at this time.

When I heard Mr. Cotter had a book coming out dealing with not only mycoremediation, but also growing edible and medicinal mushrooms, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for those of you with similar interests. I’ve had the book for a couple of weeks and have only started to scratch the surface. It starts off with a fundamentals of mushroom cultivation section, including instructions for cultivation on logs, stumps, wood chips, compost, and sterilized media. The second part delves into lots of creative applications and projects with mushrooms. There’s even a chapter for school-age classroom projects broken down by age group that would be a great starting point for homeschoolers.

The third section gets into laboratory construction and starting your own cultures as well as mycoremediation techniques. There are step-by-step directions for establishing a mycoremediation system in chicken runs that uses a diy fungal filter to transform your chicken run into a sweet-smelling soil amendment factory. Worth the price of the book. I can’t tell you how cool this looks; layers of wood chips inoculated with king stropharia spawn. If you are or know and love a homestead/sustainability nerd, this is paydirt.

The final section is an alphabetical overview of cultivated mushrooms, complete with a difficulty-of-culture ranking, outlines of the cultivation techniques for each, uses, storage, marketing potential, notes on both indoor and outdoor culivation, and uses in mycoremediation and more.

Tons of photos, useful illustrations, and real-life experience. Recommend!

Available here:

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques For Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation, by Tradd Cotter

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sallie September 9, 2014 at 5:59 am

Eureka!! Just what we need!! Bless this man!

Bonnie North September 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

I have been eagerly awaiting Tradd’s book since I heard about him through my son, who attended his workshops at Will Smith’s Growing Power conference in 2012. I can’t wait to get my copy!

In the meantime, I hope you can get that terrible situation with the oil spill sorted out once and for all. Please keep us up to date with that, and thanks for the book review.

Daisy September 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Bonnie–It is worth the wait. You will love it. Thank you so much for “introducing” him to me. You’re the best!

Bonnie North September 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Hi Daisy,

I’m glad you’ve made Tradd’s acquaintance, and whether he is able to help you remediate your land or not, I hope it gets sorted out very soon. I also want you to know how much I can imagine the shock, and even grief, you must have been feeling since your yard was contaminated, and I deeply appreciate you taking this experience and using it to inform all of us about the potential hazards of the transformers near us. I will pray that this is set right once and for all, and quickly. All of us readers want only the best for you and your family.


Daisy September 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm


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