Frequently asked questions.
We get a lot of questions about Roots Down, permaculture, and our mission. Here are some of the most common. Can't find an answer to your question? Just reach out to us and we'll get right back with you. We're cool like that.
What is a Grower?
Great question! A Grower is someone who creates abundance in their community. That could mean you could grow food, build better ecosystems, or simply help organize your community. Anyone who is helping to build a better, more green society is a Grower in our book.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is a design science focused on ecology. A simple way to think of permaculture is like an ecological toolbox that has many different uses and applications depending on the site or scale of what you’re designing, but the key with permaculture is that it’s a complete ecosystem.
What is a Productive Urban Landscape (PUL)?
Productive Urban Landscapes, at their core, are places with soul, places that use natural processes to minimize work and inputs and maximize everything that makes nature great. PULs are landscapes that promote 3 simple elements: Food, Ecology, and Community. They are dynamic landscapes that integrate some elements of traditional landscaping (like organized planting patterns and areas to sit, eat, and play) but bring in elements of the natural world (like biodiversity, pollinator habitats, etc.) and plants that provide us with food (like veggies, berries, and fruit trees). PULs can help heal our lands and feed both our bodies and our souls.
How do I sign up for permaculture training?
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How can I bring Roots Down to my city?
How does Roots Down work with young people?
What is the difference between sustainable and regenerative agriculture?
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What is natural urbanism?
Building off the new urbanism framework popularized by the Congress of the New Urbanism, natural urbanism prioritizes the relationship between people and the natural world, and builds places that integrate nature (edible and otherwise) seamlessly into the fabric of daily life. In short, natural urbanism is the logical end point of building more Productive urban Landscapes, a recognizably urban environment that is bursting with plants, wildlife, and plenty of spaces for community to blossom too.