Winner: Comment #7!
So back to the hot temperatures lately, I wonder what avid gardeners are experiencing with their outdoor gardens. I hope their crops are holding up, given the season! I, for one, do not have a green thumb. I wish I did though! However, I did have some luck with indoor gardens in the past. I have an Aerogarden which has given me some nice fresh herbs to use. That was a year or so ago since I used it but I may get back to it again at some point. Now growing herbs seems pretty common… but have you ever tried growing your own mushrooms?! I recently did – oyster mushrooms, to be exact – and it was so easy and fun to watch! This was made possible by a pretty awesome company, Back to the Roots Mushrooms.
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!
Who knew you could grow mushrooms at home and so quickly too? The Back to the Roots grow-at-home mushroom kit lets you grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days…right from the box! Some features to note:
- Grow up to 1 1/2 lbs per crop (pearl oyster mushrooms)
- Grow multiple crops (at least 2, though some have got up to 4!)
- Grow your first crop in as little as 10 days!
- Just 3 Easy Steps – Open, Mist, and Harvest (spray mister included).
- Grow mushrooms indoors – just set on a kitchen window sill and mist twice a day.
- The soil inside is 100% recycled coffee grounds – safe & sustainable
My friends at Back to Roots have generously offered to sponsor this week’s giveaway and a lucky ready will get a mushroom kit to start growing their mushrooms! This is one giveaway that I’m excited about because it’s a sustainable food item that’s also eco-concious as well… definitely a win-win concept to be proud of.