We're growing more Fruitful Communities by educating the next generation of land stewards. We teach landscapers and their clients how to turn lawns and vacant lots into Productive Urban Landscapes that fight climate change, create green jobs, and feed people.
Better landscapes for a greener future.
Take local environmental action right in your own neighborhood! We're building a movement of Growers and Community Advocates like you, all working together to grow a more abundant, equitable, and fruitful future. No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Roots Down, and membership gets you plugged into the action.
Imagine the possibilities
of our landscapes.
We're partnering with local community colleges and universities to establish the Grower Program, a certification and training program for landscapers that teaches them how to design, install, and maintain ecological landscapes. We're also training the climate leaders of tomorrow with the GreenHive Leadership Program, a 10-week paid advocacy fellowship for 18-24 year-olds.
Training for 21st century land stewards.
We're revolutionizing the landscaping industry, by bringing together everyday folks, landscapers, and institutions around a shared strategy, providing the education, resources, and tools for communities of all sizes to fight climate change, grow green jobs, and create outdoor classrooms for community engagement and education.
The dark side of modern landscaping.
Modern landscaping may look nice and tidy, but hiding in those clean edges and leafless lawns is one of America’s darkest ecological secrets. Every leaf blower, riding lawn mower, and herbicide application is contributing to a growing environmental crisis, where soils become impoverished, water is polluted, and communities grow poorer.
Noise from popular models of commercial gas leaf blowers exceeds 100 decibels. A jet plane takeoff or a siren is measured at 120 decibels.
Landscaping pollutants like pesticides, fertilizers, and yard debris are dumped in the same places we get our drinking water from.
According to EPA statistics, just 33 gasoline lawn mowers can produce as much pollution as a car produces all year.
We catalyze hyper-local environmental action by bringing community stakeholders together around a shared purpose. Partnering with local governments, developers, planners, and large organizations, we design and execute Fruitful Communities education and advocacy plans, which turn landscaping budgets into drivers of positive social and environmental change.