A pair of green entrepreneurs have come up with a great easy kit to grow your own fresh sustainable mushrooms at home. Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora came up with the idea during their last semester at UC Berkeley and turned it into a full fledged sucessfull sustainable business: Back to the Roots.
Using the recycled coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee and Tea houses around the San Francisco bay area as a growing medium, they came up with a full circle pearl oyster mushroom growing kit. Providing a way to grow your own fresh produce in the home while utilizing a waste product (used coffee grounds) they further complete the circle by selling their mushroom/coffee ground compost ‘waste product’ as a premium soil amendment.
The Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden kits are sold in Whole Food Markets nationwide, or can be purchased directly from their website for $19.95 and produce up to 1.5 pounds of fresh pearl oyster mushrooms right in the box.
Plus, if you post a picture with your kit fully grown on their facebook page, they will donate a kit to an elementary classroom of your choice to support youth sustainability education. Good job guys, and I can’t wait for the Chanterelle, Shiitake and Lobster mushroom varieties to come out!