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.
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!
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.