Back To The Roots – Mushrooms Grown In Your Kitchen

Back To The Roots Mushroom Garden

When I first heard about Back To The Roots & their product, I was a little skeptical.  I thought “You’re telling me that you buy a box & spritz it with water twice a day & it’ll grow mushrooms in as little as 10 days?”  But, I started reading more & more about the company & I really liked what I read!  First, the company was started by Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, when they were still in college!  They were 2 months away from graduation, headed to the world of investment banking & consulting, when they heard about this idea of growing mushrooms using recycled coffee grounds.  After some testing & a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to become urban mushroom farmers, instead of heading into the corporate world.

Back To The Roots Mushroom Garden

So, how does a box grow mushrooms?  Well, inside the box there is 100% recycled coffee grounds, which is safe & sustainable.  Each box can grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of tasty pearl oyster mushrooms.  When you receive the box, you pull off the front panel, cut an X in the front plastic of the box and then take the plastic bag out of the box.  Soak the plastic bag (which has the soil & all the mushroom seeds already in it) in water for 12 hours and place it back in the box it came in.  It comes with a little spray bottle so all you do is spritz it with water twice a day.  In as little as 10 days, mushrooms will start growing!  After they are fully grown & you harvest them, you can turn the box around, follow the same directions as above & more mushrooms will grow on the other side!  Many people get 3+ harvests of mushrooms from one single box!

You can find lots of recipes over on the Back To The Roots site containing their yummy mushrooms.  Also, when you buy a kit, take a picture of it & post it on the Back To The Roots Facebook page.  They will donate a mushroom kit to the classroom of YOUR choice!

Back To The Roots Mushroom Garden

Head on over Back To The Roots and buy your own kit!  Your kids will love waking up every morning & spritzing  the kit, waiting on the mushrooms to grow!  If you buy 2 kits, you will also get free shipping!  Check out their Home Aquaphonics Garden, too!  I really want to get one!  You can also find Back to the Roots on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & Pinterest.


By: Tara Kramarsky


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