Modern Mushrooms: Back to the Roots


We try to cover all aspects of interiors and modern design here on the 2Modern blog, and were so thoroughly impressed with the idea from the folks at Back to the Roots that we bought a product sight unseen for a friend’s birthday! The premise is simple:

“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!” Wow! So amazing. And they just recently got written on the White House website as one of their “Champions of Change.” Whoa awesome! Buy your own box today and have some gourmet mushrooms soon!

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1 Comment

  1. Jasmine

    Jul 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm


    This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for featuring us! We really appreciate your support. We love pictures as well! Anyway we could use them on our website or other promotional items? Again, Thank you SOOO much! I really look forward to hearing from you!



    Jasmine Jackson
    Community Happ’y’ness Guru
    Back to the Roots
    2935 Adeline Street; Oakland, CA 94608
    Tel: 510.922.9758 | Fax: 510.922.9568

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