Back to the Roots brings farming back to its roots. Farming on a small scale means growing only so much as one can harvest. This company sells bags with used coffee grounds in it with an opening that mushrooms can grow out of. Mushrooms grow very well off of coffee grounds so there is no need for any other materials. The coffee grounds all come from local coffee shops. This company is all about being a good business. “Being a better business means better for everyone – those in charge, customers, and anyone affected.”
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez started this company. While in college they learned about how well mushrooms grew on coffee grounds and turned their “fraternity kitchen into a science experiment.” These products are considered personal farming because it is on an individual level. This is important because this makes people question where their food is coming from. When you drive to the grocery store and pick up a piece of food you may have no clue where it came from, and what the process was of growing it was. Personal farming and harvesting often makes people appreciate the food more. By using urban waste (used coffee grounds) people are inspired by what you can do with what you already have.
Back to the Roots is expanding both their Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat lines and excited to really integrate more deeply into school systems and curriculums.
Written by: Elise Mazur, AGS Intern on June 15, 2015