Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Giveaway And Discount


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Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley, when 2 months away from graduation they came up with a business idea of growing gourmet mushrooms using recycled coffee grounds as soil. After many attempts at making their idea work they finally succeeded in growing oyster mushrooms, caught the attention of Whole Foods & Chez Panisse, and received a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation — and started their new career as mushroom farmers. Since that fateful time, Back to the Roots has since created the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden which lets anyone grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home, and are currently on pace to collect and reuse 1 million lbs of spent coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee this year alone! Talk about sustainably reducing and reusing a product that would normally just be thrown away…

Home mushroom farmers can grow 1/2 lbs of gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days using their garden kit. Just set the garden (already filled with soil composed entirely of recycled coffee grounds) on a windowsill, mist it twice a day, and watch them start showing up in about a week or so. The kits grow multiple crops of mushrooms, (at least 2, though some have got up to 4 crops), and are priced at $19.95 for sale on the website.

And now for the great news — the guys have offered to give away one Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden kit free to a lucky reader and also provide a 10% discount code for anyone else interested in purchasing their own garden. All you have to do to enter to win the kit is to follow the rules:

– The giveaway starts now and will be open until Friday, July 1, 2011 at 7am MST. No entries will be accepted after that.
– To enter, please leave a comment (with a valid email address, so I can contact you) here on this post as to why you would like to win the kit. Emailed entries will not be counted — entry by comment on this post only.
– Only one entry per person. Period. Please don’t try to use different email addresses, etc, as the IP numbers will be checked.
– Entries must be from residents from the U.S.
– One winner of the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden kit will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received and notified via email.

If you would like to purchase your very own kit, visit Back to the Roots and enter the discount code mushrooms4me10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase.

For more information on the company and their mushroom kits, check them out online at their website, Back to the Roots, on Facebook, or via their Twitter account. Big thanks to those guys for this giveaway, and good luck everyone!

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  1. I bought a DIY mushroom kit for a friend for Christmas and he absolutely loved it. I’ve been thinking about getting one for myself, but winning one would be even better!

  2. What a neat idea! I would love to win because I love mushrooms and I love the idea of growing them myself instead of getting them from the store. I’ve been thinking about trying to grow some of my own food, but don’t know where to start…. this would would be a great beginning! Thanks 🙂

  3. I am trying to teach my two young daughters the value of growing your own food. We live in a townhouse in a HOA… we are not allowed to grow food in our front yard which gets all the sun… we have been trying to grow food in the back on our patio… it seems that we can grow a few things in the limited space…like lettuce and a couple of very small carrots 🙂 Mushrooms would be a nice bonus 🙂

  4. There are only two things my 3 year old son will not eat, mushrooms and previously tomatoes – that is, until we started growing them. I’d like to win in hope that my son will get excited about the growing process and thus open to try.

  5. I would love to win so I could have edible mushrooms growing on my property. I suspect the mushroom growing in the basement by the dryer is not.

  6. My daughter would love watching these grow. She has a fear of trying new foods, but if she were responsible for growing the food maybe that would change.

  7. I would love to give this garden to my 9 y.o. granddaughter who already grows tomatoes, green beans, squash and corn. She loves to garden. This would be a great addition to her salads.

  8. Hello! I just moved to the city last week and although I’m happy there are trees, fresh produce is not as readily available. I plan on starting a window box so I can start growing my own fresh vegetables and this mushroom set would just complete it! They’re one of my favorite vegetables (fungi) and I can’t wait to start growing them!

  9. Uncanny. I was *just* thinking the other day, while at my local farmers market, how I’d like to try my hand at growing some mushrooms. This would be the perfect way to give it a try, and see how easy (or difficult) it is. What a cool giveaway!

  10. My little boy will be two in a few months, and I’m teaching him what I can (which isn’t much, with his short attention span) about where food comes from. This will be a great chance for him to watch it happen!

  11. What a great contest! I live in an apt in a city and have been exploring with gardening in spall spaces & without a yard/balcony/fire escape. A mushroom kit would be such a fun addition to our kitchen garden.

  12. What, what a fascinating idea! I think I might buy one of these (of course waiting to see if I win before doing so)! We eat lots of mushrooms around our house and it would be just amazing to grow our own! My son would love to watch them grow too – he is already my little plant water in our backyard garden. 🙂

  13. I would like to be entered in this contest. I am an Environmental Science teacher and like to show this to my students

  14. Sounds awesome & I’m glad for the chance to win. I love mushrooms but haven’t branched out much and certainly haven’t tried growing my own. I’m always up for a new experiment.

  15. We grow about a third of our vegetables and get the rest from our local farmer’s market. However, no one has mushrooms! It would be really great to grow our own, and I love the use of recycled coffee grounds. Thanks so much for the contest.

  16. Have been a gardener for 45 years but have never grown mushrooms. I would love to get a chance to try and then would order more!

  17. I love the thought of growing mushrooms on my windowsill! I don’t have any actual land for growing fruits and vegetables, but fungus I might be able to manage.

  18. I’ve always wanted to grow mushrooms :*)
    I have some serious food allergies so I decided to commit to begin to grow as much of my food as possible … and having the opportunity to grow these mushrooms I think would be the hands-on experience I need to figure out how to also grow button mushrooms as well!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to add my hat to the ring in hopes of a win!

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