Back to the Roots History: Mushroom Farm Kits Born in Our Frat

Our Story

It started with a random fact heard in a college class: mushrooms could be grown on spent coffee grounds. Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora's mutual curiosity about urban farming brought them together and after successfully growing their own crop of mushrooms, they gave up their corporate job offers to become full-time urban mushroom farmers in Oakland, CA.

Back to the Roots has evolved from a college kitchen experiment into a passion for urban gardening and a mission to reconnect families back to food. We want to inspire you to ask and learn where your food comes from and experience the magic of growing it. We've created a line of fun, simple, and educational organic indoor gardening kits to help you do just that.

We hope you join us on our journey to grow, together.

Our Mission

We're on a mission to reconnect every family & kid back to where food comes from by helping them experience the magic of growing it themselves - no green thumb or backyard needed. We hope you enjoy our indoor gardening kits and join us on our journey to turn every windowsill into an organic garden.


Our Community

Each one of our indoor gardening kits is part of the #GrowOneGiveOne campaign – post a photo of your what you grew, and we’ll donate a gardening kit + curriculum to an elementary school classroom of your choice! Our cereals are also now helping feed millions of kids after becoming the first-ever organic cereal to be offered in US public schools.

We hope you join us as we work to connect back to where our food comes from!

Much love,
Alejandro, Nikhil, & the Back to the Roots family


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