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Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots distributes a line of indoor gardening kits and aquaponics fish tanks for producing organic mushrooms, herbs, and vegetables at home.

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Non GMO Non GMO Project 2
People & Animals
Made in USA Charitable Certified B Corporation 3
Your Health
Organic USDA Organic 2
Your Wallet

Our co-founders, Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, met in college during their senior year. They both were sitting in a business ethics class when their professor mentioned a random fact in a lecture about sustainability - "gourmet mushrooms can grow on spent coffee grounds." Curious about that fact, they both reached out to their professor for more information and were connected to each other. What followed was an immediate connection built off a shared curiosity & passion to figure out not just how to grow their own mushrooms, but also how the rest of their food grew. After successfully growing their own crop of mushrooms in Alejandro's fraternity during their last semester in college, the duo got a $5k grant from their Chancellor and decided to give up their corporate job offers to become full-time urban mushroom farmers in Oakland, CA.


To help reconnect a new generation back to food and where it comes from and help every family and kid across the country experience the magic and wonder of growing their own food - no green thumb or big backyard needed! 


As a Certified B Corporation, this company meets the highest standards of social and environmental impact. By encouraging organic gardening, Back to the Roots is helping to create a more sustainable world for all.