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An award winning certified Social Enterprise pioneering mushrooms grown on coffee waste. Help us move & spread this awesome concept.
An award winning certified Social Enterprise pioneering mushrooms grown on coffee waste. Help us move & spread this awesome concept.
252 backers pledged £16,739 to help bring this project to life.

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What's it all about?

We've been growing mushrooms on coffee for years now and are very excited about getting other people involved. Used coffee grounds are an enormous waste stream and they're also perfect for growing gourmet Oyster mushrooms!

We are an award winning certified not-for-profit Social Enterprise pioneering growing mushrooms on coffee waste. Our aim is to develop the idea and help spread it further by sharing our knowledge and growing an international online community. We're well on the way but have been told we need to move out.

What Inspires Us?

Right from the start we were inspired by the beauty of taking waste and turning it into delicous healthy food. But what really drives us is the potential this holds to be done in cities all over the world wherever there is an abundance of coffee waste.

Picture a future where cities all around the world have people turning this massive waste stream into delicious food. It sounds good doesn't it?!

How Do You Do It?

Check out this short 2 minute film below which shows how we collect the grounds in Exeter, UK and use them to grow Oyster mushrooms:

We've set up the UK's first Urban Mushroom Farm in Exeter. It's where we produce fresh Oyster mushrooms and our Grow Your Own Kits. It's also the main testing ground for our ideas.

It's not just us that think this is a great idea...the founder of the wide spread Transition Towns Movement Rob Hopkins opened the farm and had this to say about it:

"I felt I had a taste not just of one of the world's most delicious fungi, but also a taste of what rethinking waste management, urban job creation and food production could look like.  It was a tasty vision indeed."

Recognition For Our Work So Far
Recognition For Our Work So Far

Tell Me More About This Online Course & Community

We have spent much of the last year developing an online course that can be accessed from all over the world.

The recent launch of the course in February 2015 saw people from 15 countries becoming members and we're excited about supporting them in their journey as mushroom growers.

The course is made up of 5 main modules and teaches the process of growing mushrooms on coffee grounds. It's combined with a forum to connect members and features regular Q&A webinar sessions.

Homepage From GroCycle Online Course
Homepage From GroCycle Online Course

Find out more about the GroCycle Online Course & Community here

It All Sounds Good So Far!

So What's This KickStarter Campaign All About?

So right at the time that we're getting to the point where our inspiration is turning into reality (after 4 years of hard work!) we've been told we need to move out of our current building at very short notice.

We've been lucky to have secured a new premises but we need your help and support for 2 key tasks:

1) To make the move and re-build the farm with a better growing set-up to take it to the next level

2) We also need a new member of the team. This will enable us to free up our time to develop the online community and help it to grow

We'll spend the money on:

Fruiting and Incubation Growing Rooms   £8,500

Water and Power Amendments                 £1,000

Additional Staff                                          £6,500 (for initial 6 months)

What Rewards Have You Got?

GroCycle Grow Your Own Kits
GroCycle Grow Your Own Kits

  In return for your kind support, we've got some great rewards for you:

Check out the info on the right side of this page for more info on each of these rewards.

Please pledge your support and help us to make this happen.

By giving your support we'll also be sure to keep you updated on the move to the new farm.

You may be interested in becoming a member of the online course and community by pledging support to this campaign. If you want to know a bit more about the course and what's included, check out this page here.

If you've got any questions about our rewards, please drop us an email to hello@grocycle.com

Social Enterprise Mark
Social Enterprise Mark

Find out more about what we do at grocycle.com

Risks and challenges

We know how to run an Urban Mushroom Farm as we've done so for a while now already. Once this new farm is up an running the main risk would be that all our staff time goes into producing our grow-your-own kits and fresh mushrooms.

This could take our time away from building up a successful community of growers which would have much more impact in helping to involve more people and recycle more coffee into Oyster mushrooms.

This is why we'll take on a new member of staff to help ensure we have enough time to make it work.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.55

    Show your support and get the inside story on the building of our new farm!

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    Pledge £5- be a friend to the project and show your support. We'll add you to a mailing list for project updates so you can stay connected.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Pledge £10, show your support, get project updates, and receive a 50g pack of our tasty dried Oyster mushrooms. Ideal for soups, pasta and sauces as it packs a punch!

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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    Grow Your Own Gourmet Oyster Mushrooms from waste coffee grounds with this super easy and guaranteed to grow Mushroom Grow Kit.

    3 Easy steps:
    1) cut hole in bag
    2) spray water daily
    3) watch them grow!
    First harvest approx. 2 weeks after opening
    Soak overnight and enjoy another couple of crops

    Full instructions included. Check out grocycle.com to see more about our kits.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    Get an exclusive behind the scene video tour of the new farm.
    We'll show you inside the new set up and give an overview of how we turn this massive waste stream into healthy food.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $51

    The Local Package!

    Be part of an exclusive 30 mins. group tour of the new GroCycle Urban Mushroom Farm in Exeter.

    You'll leave with a grow kit to grow mushrooms at home!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Get the exclusive behind the scenes video tour of the new farm as well as quartery video updates.

    We'll show you our new set up and give an overview of how we turn this massive waste stream into healthy food.

    You also receive quarterly video updates from the farm so you keep up to date with what's happening.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $127

    Become a mushroom farmer yourself! Get a 1 year membership to the GroCycle Online Community and join people in 15 countries around the world to learn how to grow mushrooms on coffee.

    You can access the 5 course modules at any time, join in the forums, get updates from the farm and also get access to free Q&A webinars. Check this link for more info about the course membership:
    http://www.growmushroomsoncoffee.com/course-membership/

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    Pledge £500 or more About $637

    Get the package:
    - a personal tour at the GroCycle Urban Mushroom Farm in Exeter (max 2 people)
    - 1 year Online Course Membership
    - 1/4ly video updates from the farm for a year

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,275

    Become a Patron of the GroCycle Project.
    This reward is aimed at philanthropists and supporters who want to back our project in a big way! You'll become a Patron of GroCycle and we'll invite you to visit the farm to meet us and show you around in depth. We'll stay in close touch going forward, send you annual reports and invite you for regular visits.

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Funding period

- (21 days)