“Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley in 2009. Two months away from graduation, and heading into the corporate world of investment banking & consulting, they came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they experimented in Alex’s fraternity kitchen, ultimately growing one test bucket of tasty oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With that one bucket, some initial interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forget the corporate route, and instead, become full-time urban mushroom farmers!
Inspired by the idea of producing local, fresh food from what was an urban waste stream, Back to the Roots has since grown to create the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden which lets anyone, across the country, grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home as well!”
Back to the Roots gave me the opportunity to try out one of their kits. Growing mushrooms in a box from coffee grounds? I was a little skeptical at first I must admit. Your kit will arrive in the box you grow it in. Getting set up is quite simple. All you do is slit the bag, and soak it for 24 hours. After that you place it back in the box, near fresh air and indirect sunlight, mist twice a day with water and watch them grow!
“What started off as the Back to the Roots’ co-founders, Alex and Nikhil, doing a few school workshops and tours of our urban mushroom farm, has turned into a passion to educate and inspire kids on what the words “green”, “sustainable” and “fresh food” actually mean…through this fun mushroom kit! ”
On pace in 2011 to collect, divert and reuse 1 million lbs of coffee grounds this year from Peet’s Coffee & TeaHelp families grow over 250,000lbs of fresh food at home in 2011!
Sustained 10 urban school & community gardens by donating BTTRs premium soil amendment.
Selling our kits at over 300 Whole Foods nationwide.
The best part of these kits, you get to eat the mushrooms! If you have picky eaters like I do, it may help them. If they grow it, they may be more willing to eat it!
You can buy your own Mushroom Kit for $19.95 Use code mushrooms4me10 and get 10% off your order!
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.