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PRODUCT: Grow Back To The Roots Mushrooms In Your Kitchen

Here’s a fun, educational and tasty summer activity for adults and kids alike: Grow mushrooms in your kitchen.

Back to the Roots shows the joy of home farming via a small cardboard box that produces two micro-crops of mushrooms.

Two UC Berkeley students came across the idea during a class, which mentioned the potential to grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds.

Inspired by the idea of turning waste into fresh food, they succeeded in growing oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With some initial interest from Whole Foods and Chez Panisse, and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forgo their corporate job offers and become urban mushroom farmers.

Now, everyone can enjoy freshly-harvested oyster mushrooms with a Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden. That which is not edible is compostible or recylcable.


Our kitchen mushroom farm. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


Last year, the kit helped families grow more than 135,000 pounds of fresh mushrooms at home, reusing one million pounds of coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee & Tea. This year, the company expects to reuse 3.6 million pounds of coffee grounds.

A sustainable project that yields good, healthy food: This is a feel-good purchase and gift.

The kits are available at some Whole Foods Markets and online.


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