Each kit can yield up to four crops of mushrooms, and when the crops are exhausted just put the soil in a garden or use it for other plants. The packaging is 100% recyclable, making this product as good for the environment as it is for your cooking.
Inspired by the idea of producing local, fresh food from what was an urban waste stream, Back to the Roots was founded by two UC Berkeley students during their last semester in 2009.
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!
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