Back to the Roots was founded in 2009 by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora. During their last semester at UC Berkeley, they came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Fascinated by the idea of bringing sustainable farming into the home on a small scale, they developed an easy-to-use kit for growing Oyster mushrooms and became full time mushroom farmers.
After realizing the success of their first product they wanted to expand their idea of sustainable home farming and began developing an aquaponics system. Aquaponics is a sustainable, traditionally large-scale food production system that combines aquaculture with hydroponics in a symbiotic environment. Alejandro and Nikhil wanted to create a small-scale version of this concept and turned to FATHOM to help bring their idea to life. Check out their story: