I Tried To Grow Organic Mushrooms In My Apartment, And This Is What Happened

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It started when my roommate was gifted a boxed Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm by a friend. The three of us, working professionals in our late 20s, sort of squinted at it in the Sunday afternoon light. We had never seen one before, although lately they are abounding at Whole Foods and other organic stores.

The idea of the farm is that the mushrooms grow within 7-10 days out of a cardboard box filled with live mushroom spawn (just as terrifying as it sounds), organic soil, and recycled coffee grounds and other composted waste. All you have to do is soak it in water, place it in a bright area—but not in direct sunlight—and then mist daily. Afterward, you get to harvest and cook the crop, which comes with recipes like mushroom sage flatbread, mushroom sesame ramen, or vegetable lasagna.

Read my whole article at Rodale’s Organic Life.

How To Write Your Way Out Of An Emotional Funk In Just 20 Minutes

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What if you could write your way to a happier you in as little as 20 minutes?

That’s the promise of a new book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, that looked at decades of psychological research to determine that writing about something emotionally poignant for just 20 minutes at least 3 times a week can drastically change a person’s outlook and emotional stability…

Read the rest of the article here.