Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Kit

Mushrooms for Classrooms: Three Kits for $40!

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What better company to kick-off the launch of Foodiacs? Gourmet. Sustainability. Education. Local. These concepts embody the essence of Back to the Roots and the Foodiacs community. Not to mention, Nikhil and Alejandro are just plain awesome guys. They’ve created the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Kit, allowing anyone to grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home and produce local, fresh food from recycled coffee grounds. In just 10 to 14 days—with very simple care and maintenance—this kit produces up to 1.5 pounds of gourmet pearl oyster mushrooms. It’s really pretty cool, and once you hear the story behind the company, you’ll love them even more. Back to the Roots has helped families grow over 250,000 lbs. of fresh food at home in 2011 and sustained 10 urban school & community gardens by donating their premium soil amendment.

To expand on the amazing work that Back to the Roots has done, our exclusive Foodiacs offering allows our members to purchase two Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Kits and receive a third kit for free to be donated to a school of your choice. When you purchase this offer, you’ll receive a total of three kits along with a classroom curriculum. Donate one, two, or all three! We want to help kids all over the country, and especially the ones in your life, have an incredible hands-on experience learning about growing their own food and about innovative ways to reduce and reuse waste. We’re pretty sure this is the best thing ever to come out of a fraternity kitchen!


More About Back to the Roots

In 2009, Nikhil Arora & Alejandro Velez were just weeks away from completing their last semester at UC Berkeley and heading off for jobs in the corporate world of investment banking & consulting. A professor casually mentioned in class that gourmet mushrooms could grow entirely on recycled coffee grounds. That’s right. They’re in their final semester of college with jobs lined up and they’re actually still paying attention—yeah, we were impressed too. Intrigued, they began experimenting in Alex's fraternity kitchen, and before long they had generated some interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse. With the help of a small grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, Alex and Nikhil passed on the corporate jobs and became full-time urban mushroom farmers! They’ve established a relationship with Peet's Coffee & Tea to collect & reuse their used coffee grounds, and they are currently on pace to divert & reuse 1 million pounds of coffee grounds this year. They have also begun collecting the waste from Hodo Soy (spent tofu & okara waste), Linden Street Brewery (spent grains & hops), and Numi Tea (spent tea leaves)! The story gets even better. After Back to the Roots is done with the recycled coffee grounds they package it with the remaining mushroom compost to create a blend they can sell as a Premium Soil Amendment. Which means they’re first growing delicious gourmet food from material that used to go straight to a landfill and then using that material again as compost and soil amendment so it never ends up in a landfill. Thanks guys. You rock!

Their company values: Hustle. Passion. Family. Universal Happiness. Man, we knew we liked this company! To learn more about Back to the Roots check out their website and some videos about them, including their talk at TEDxPresidio.

This offer ships flat-rate directly from Back to the Roots within 2-3 business days and transit times will vary.