Her class learned all about mushrooms, how to grow them, and why they are important to health and the environment.
The kids were lucky recipients of a take home kit, so they can cultivate their own mushrooms.
They also did a class craft project - see picture.
An interesting product from an interesting company. Not only is the growing kit mindfully and minimally packaged, it is also recyclable.
You also get a couple of cycles to grow mushrooms -- start growing from the front area window and then the backside after the first cycle is done. I posted an elapsed video below, so you can see the kit in action.
The kits would make a very cool gift! They have a create! mushroom kit here that you can color the box yourself.
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!
Our Efforts Today
~ On pace in 2012 to collect, divert and reuse 3.6 million lbs of coffee grounds this year from Peet's Coffee & Tea
~ Help families grow over 135,000lbs of fresh food at home in 2011!
~ Sustained 10 urban school & community gardens by donating BTTRs premium soil amendment
~ Selling our kits at over 300 Whole Foods nationwide
For more information, please visit: www.backtotheroots.com
So a big shout out and THANK YOU to Back to the Roots! The class really enjoyed your visit!!!