It’s been a couple of weeks since my last eco-friendly Friday post. I know it’s Saturday but I can’t wait to share this giveaway any longer!

When Nikhil from Back To The Roots (BTTR) contacted me about trying out one of their DIY gourmet mushroom growing kits, I was all over it. Oyster mushrooms are healthy and delicious, plus these are grown in a “soil” made up of recycled coffee grounds…so cool!

The kit is super easy to use (you’ll need to spritz it with water a few times a day but that’s pretty much it) and I got just as big a kick out of it as my kids did (maybe more) when my mushrooms shot out of the box. As a bonus, after you harvest the mushrooms from one side of the kit, you can spin it around and grow another batch from the other side, too.

I used the mushrooms in a decadent scrambled eggs dish that also featured squash blossoms and herbs from my garden…so good.

scrambled eggs with oyster mushrooms

This is a great project for kids and it’s a fabulous eco-conscious company we should wholeheartedly support- this year BTTR is on track to divert and reuse about 1 million pounds of coffee grounds from landfills, and through their soil amendment donations, 10 school gardens are being sustained.

Nikhil would like to give a sustainable mushroom kit to one of my readers. Here’s what you have to do enter the giveaway:

1. Check out the Back To The Roots website, then leave me a comment here about something you learned.

2. For a second entry, “Like” Back To The Roots and Healthy Green Kitchen on facebook. Then leave a comment to let me know did/do!

This giveaway is open until Friday August 19th, 2011 at midnight and I will pick a winner using US residents only, please.

ps if you’d like to buy a kit directly from BTTR; use coupon code mushrooms4me10 for 10% off.


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    Elsa — August 13, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    I love how Back to the Roots is offering classroom kits! My daughter has been talking about growing mushrooms for sooo long, I’m glad to learn of this source!

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    Lorena — August 13, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Back to the Roots has helped create and sustain urban gardens in our community with our donations of the Premium Soil Amendment and mushroom kits.

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    Lorena — August 13, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    I already “liked” Healthy Green Kitchen, but now I “liked” Back to the Roots.

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    Lorena — August 13, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    One more thing. I noticed the giveaway is open until August 9th but today is Autust 13th.

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    Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) — August 13, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    I learned that they are diverting and reusing coffee grounds – great sustainable choice!

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    Kris — August 13, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    I think it’s cool that they helped collect, divert, and reuse over one million pounds of coffee this year!

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    Kris — August 13, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    I just Liked both BTTR and your page on Facebook

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    Amy Hanridge — August 13, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I love that Back to the Roots is diverting coffee grounds and turning it into soil! They got my attention with the focus on soil!

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    Amy Hanridge — August 13, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    I had already “liked” you on FB and now I just “liked” Back to the Roots on FB, too!

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    Amy Hanridge — August 13, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Do you mean August 9th on this post, or August 19th?

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    Sara — August 13, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    Already liked you on FB and just like BTTR :)

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    Michelle — August 13, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I had no idea that coffee grounds were used – very cool!

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    Sam — August 13, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    I’ve been wanting to try growing mushrooms! I think it’s really cool that they’ll donate a kit to a classroom. Also, some of the recipes on the website look really good (like the garlic sesame soba).

    And I’m assuming this contest doesn’t end on the 9th.

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    Colleen Fox — August 13, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    I wonder what else was growing in that fraternity kitchen! LOL
    I LOVE that they are making donations to classrooms to help inspire the next generation’s interest in food and the environment (and I love the butterfly plate your omelette is on!)

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    Colleen Fox — August 13, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Already “like” you; just “liked” them :)

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    Kelly Wilson — August 13, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    I liked both (I already like your site before). I learned that the the company’s vision is “To create a movement, to constantly inspire, innovate, and responsibiltate*” I also learned that if you post a picture your growing kit on Facebook you can have a kit donated to your local school. That is wonderful!!! I am so excited you posted about this company Winnie!!! I love mushrooms.

    *To facilitate and promote community responsibility

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    Sarah @ pão e queijo — August 13, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I learned that you can grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds- how exciting!

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    Sarah @ pão e queijo — August 13, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I am a fan of Healthy Green Kitchen and Back to the Roots on Fb.

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    Kelly Wilson — August 13, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I signed up for the monthly plan!!

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    Amber — August 13, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    I learned that if you post a photo of your Mushrooms on their Facebook page, they’ll donate a kit to a classroom in need! How generous!

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    Amber — August 13, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I like both Healthy Green Kitchen and Back to the Roots on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore

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    Urwhatu8 — August 14, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    BTTR website is wonderful…loved the idea of getting a replacement mushroom starting bag every month…I think I’ll do that in the fall when I’ll be home all the time.

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    Patti — August 14, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    I love mushrooms. It’s nice that the company offers replacement bags and I might have to order some of their soil ammendment. Mushroom compost works great!

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    Karen — August 14, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    I went to the website and learned that they were on track to collect, divert and reuse 1 million lbs of coffee grounds this year from Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Unbelievable

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    Karen — August 14, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    I like you on facebook

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    Karen — August 14, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    Woops, last comment should have said. I you and them on facebook!

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    bunkie — August 14, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    i already ‘like’ healthy green kitchen, and now ‘liked’ back to the roots! i love the fact they’re usig coffee grounds, and working with the children.

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    Lee — August 14, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    cool. my grandchildren and I wille growing mushrooms this fall. Sounds like a great Brownie troop activity to me!

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    Brenda — August 14, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    What a wonderful partnership-using all those coffee grounds to grow mushrooms! Go, boys, go!

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    Lyn — August 14, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    These guys have a monthly mushroom club; how cool is that !

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    Michelle Stahnke — August 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I learned they are on pace to reuse 1 million pounds of coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee (my fave coffee place!) this year! And they will donate a kit to an elementary school class if you post a picture of your fully grown kit on their page. So cool.

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    Michelle Stahnke — August 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I also “Liked” your page and the Back to the Roots page on Facebook.

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    Ellen — August 14, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    i learned that oyster mushrooms are 1/3 protein by dry weight. pretty cool!

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    Brandi H — August 14, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    Considering that I had no idea that you could grow mushrooms in coffee grounds, that is what I learned on the site. But I am so excited to stumble across your page and the Back To the Roots page. We are a homeschooling family and this would be so much fun to do! Thank you for the chance to win a kit!

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    Brandi H — August 14, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    I liked both your page and Back To The Roots on FB. Thanks again!

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    Georgie Fear — August 14, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    I learned that they offer a mushroom of the month club… and am thinking about buying it! I love the recycled coffee grounds idea!

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    Georgie Fear — August 14, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    And I already like you on FB

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    Georgie Fear — August 14, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Now I like Back to the Roots too!

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    Ashley — August 15, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    I learned oyster mushrooms can grow in 10 days, wow! Wish my herb garden was that fast.

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    Anna — August 15, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    i love that the soil is recycled coffee grounds — who knew mushrooms could come from coffee!? thanks for offering the giveaway!

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    Frances Quigley — August 16, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Who knew you could grow mushrooms in a box. What a wonderful idea. My husband drinks a lot of coffee, therefore lots of coffee grounds.

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    Frances Quigley — August 16, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Also liked both sites on facebook. Have bookmarked to follow. Tks

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    Melissa — August 17, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I liked the little progress bar on how many coffee ground are saved! What a cool giveaway!

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    Melissa — August 17, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    liked you both on Facebooks!

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    Maria Rippo — August 19, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I learned that the founders, Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora , went to Berkely and found a better life than the corporate world to make money and do something good for people and the environment. LOVE IT!!!

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    Maria Rippo — August 19, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    I also ‘liked’ back to the roots on FAcebook!