Grow your own mushrooms with these sustainable kits (and a giveaway!)

Do it yourself mushroom kit

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered! Even if you didn’t win this one, you can still use coupon code mushrooms4me10 to save 10% when you buy a kit directly from Back To The Roots.

There are few things cooler than a science project you can eat.

Back To The Roots Ventures (abbreviated “BTTR Ventures,” which is then pronounced “Better Ventures”) was founded by a couple of smart guys who figured out how to take used coffee grounds (courtesy of Peet’s coffee) and use them as environmentally-friendly soil for growing gourmet oyster mushrooms.

Their sustainable startup is thriving, just like their mushrooms. This year alone, they’re on track to collect, divert, and reuse 1,000,000 pounds of coffee grounds on their urban mushroom farm in Oakland, CA, and in their home “DIY” mushroom kits.

Yup, that’s one million pounds of discarded coffee grounds that would have otherwise gone into landfills. How great is that?

Growing your own mushrooms with one of their kits couldn’t be much easier: First, tear open the side panel on the cardboard box. Next, cut two slits in the plastic bag. Finally, mist it with water twice a day with the included spray bottle. A fresh crop of oyster mushrooms will (miraculously) appear within just a few days!

Once you harvest your first batch of ‘shrooms, you can spin the recycled-cardboard box around and do it all over again — gracing your kitchen with up to a pound and a half of mushrooms from just one kit.

I have to admit, I’m geeking-out pretty hard for these kits. I ordered one for my nephews, and then connected with Nikhil, one of the company’s founders. After seeing just how excited I am about their product, he offered to send a free DIY Mushroom Kit — worth $20 each — to two lucky Eating Rules readers!

He’s also shared a 10% discount to anyone who wants to buy a kit directly from them; just use coupon code mushrooms4me10.

How To Enter

To enter, simply “Like” both Eating Rules and Back To The Roots on Facebook. Then leave a comment to let us know you’ve done so!

On Tuesday of next week, I’ll pick two winners at random from the comments.

Step 1: Like Eating Rules

 

(If you don’t see a “Like” button above, go to http://www.facebook.com/eatingrules)

Step 2: Like Back To The Roots

 

(If you don’t see a “Like” button above, go to http://www.facebook.com/backtotheroots)

Step 3: Leave a comment on this post

Leave a comment on this post, confirming that you’ve liked both pages. That’s it!

My Home-Grown Mushrooms

The Fine Print

Two winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on this post by 11:59pm PT on Monday, June 27th. In order for an entry to be valid, the winner must be a fan of (“Like”) both the Eating Rules and Back To The Roots Facebook pages at the time of the drawing (sometime during the day of Tuesday, June 28th). (You can “Unlike” either page after that, if you wish).

If you’re the winner, you’ll need to email me your mailing address (no PO boxes, sorry) and phone number within three days, else I’ll choose another winner. I’ll then pass along your info to BTTR Ventures, and they’ll ship your mushroom kit right to you!

If you include a link in your comment to your own blog or site, I’ll consider that spam and delete your comment, sorry.  Of course, please do enter your site’s URL in the “website” field on the form.

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only, since we are limited to shipping within the U.S. Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. Offer void where prohibited by law. Your mileage may vary.

Thank you to Nikhil Arora, Back To The Roots, and everyone who enters!

Full disclosure: Other than a free mushroom kit to try out, I have received no compensation for this giveaway.

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Debi
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June 22, 2011 11:50 am

I already like Eating Rules on FB and I liked Back to the Roots. 😀

Debi
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June 22, 2011 11:52 am

btw, Andrew, I think this is awesome and thank you for sharing! I know what to send people for gifts this year. 😀

Alta
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June 22, 2011 11:56 am

I’ve already liked Eating Rules on FB. I just liked Back to the Roots. This is AWESOME!

Sea
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June 22, 2011 11:58 am

I liked both on facebook. Love this idea. It seems like such a fun, easy way to grow mushrooms!

-Sea

Marcus Landsberg
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June 22, 2011 12:15 pm

I want I want I want! Love Fungus in a box!

Sarah Fuller
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Sarah Fuller
June 22, 2011 12:27 pm

What a fantastic idea! Especially for us urban gardeners. I liked both and I want to win

Laura
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Laura
June 22, 2011 12:27 pm

Love this! I like both pages on fb.

Teawench
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Teawench
June 22, 2011 12:31 pm

Holy cats, This is fab! I’ve liked both pages and even if I don’t win I’m totally buying one for me & one for a friend.

Sue
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June 22, 2011 12:35 pm

I liked, I liked, I like. Sounds like a growing project that might grow. I would love to try this.

Jessica A
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Jessica A
June 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Mushroom kit, What??? Oh, this is soooo cool!! My 3 yr old would love this!! I hope I win!! Thanks for sharing!

Bridget
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Bridget
June 22, 2011 12:53 pm

I have LIKED Back To The Roots & Eating Rules on FaceBook!

Kate
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June 22, 2011 2:06 pm

I like Eating Rules!

Kate
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June 22, 2011 2:06 pm

Now I also like Back to the Roots!

Jessie
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Jessie
June 22, 2011 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing your shrooms! I’ve been a fan of Eating rules for a bit now and am thrilled to be introduced to Back to the Roots!<3 I'll continue looking forward to seeing both your posts on Facebook now 🙂

LiztheChef
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June 22, 2011 2:57 pm

I feel encouraged – the one kit I tried before was a real disappointment – ie no mushrooms.

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