Innovative Oakland business Back to the Roots creates delicious, educational, sustainable products that are the perfect gift for that wonder-filled kid in your life.

With the Back to the Roots mushroom kit, children can watch gourmet oyster mushrooms pop out of an unassuming cardboard box, seemingly by magic! These mushrooms grow on recycled coffee grounds, putting what would otherwise be a waste product to creative new use.

Equally exciting is the Aquafarm, a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. Fish waste fertilizes plants that grow on top of the tank, and the plants clean the water, creating a beautiful self-sustaining ecosystem.

Initially a tiny operation in a fraternity kitchen at UC Berkeley, Back to the Roots now operates out of a warehouse near Jack London Square and has national distribution, but they remain closely connected to the local Oakland community.

Click here to purchase a kit.

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