BTTRI don’t care for mushrooms, but I like growing things and I like easy-to-grow kits, and I really like a good back story. Put all of these things together, and you have the folks at Back to the Roots, a small company that took a cool idea and made a thriving business.

About Back to the Roots: “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!”

Back to the Roots’ signature product is the Mushroom Kit which contains everything you need to start growing mushrooms in a matter of minutes. The Mushroom Kit makes a great gift for the mushroom lover in your life or as a project for the kids.

See the Mushroom Kit and all the products of Back to the Roots here.

See more about Back to the Roots here.