Grow, Don't Mow

A Roots Down Guide to Growing Fruitful Communities
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Fruitful Communities starts with you!
We're building a movement of Growers and community partners like you, ​all working together to grow a more abundant, equitable, and fruitful future. In this groundbreaking new book, we'll show you how to turn your neighborhood, city, or county into a Fruitful Community.

With case studies, tips, and tricks, this book is your foundation for advocating for better spaces. Join the Fruitful Communities movement and let's fight for a future to be proud of.
Book includes:

  • Full color illustrations, infographics, and photos

  • A brief history of modern landscaping

  • Real world case studies of Fruitful Communities in action

  • Toolkit for growing Fruitful Communities in your neighborhood

Buy the book today!



Become a Roots Down Member.

While we're a for-profit company, we still rely on the support of members to help us offer pro bono services to communities in food and park deserts, as well as additional support to local governments with smaller budgets.

Plants more landscapes

The single biggest way your membership helps is to provide us with the resources to grow more Productive Urban Landscapes.

Educates more GreenHive Leaders

Your membership also helps us offer scholarships and financial assistance to more young leaders through the GreenHive Leadership Program.

Creates more Growers

Membership help us offer paid internships to up and coming Growers looking to expand into the ecological landscaping industry.

Spreads the word

Every new member helps us tell even more people about the Fruitful Communities initiative.


So, what's a Fruitful Community?

Fruitful Communities can come in a variety of forms, scales, and aesthetic preferences, and should also mirror the character of an area’s people, history, and values. There is no one-size-fits-all, but all Fruitful Communities should strive for at least 1 of these 4 traits.


Official adoption of the Fruitful Communities Initiative by at least 1 governing body (city or county government, or a neighborhood association).


At least 1 Fruitful Communities District. A Fruitful Communities District is an area with at least 10,000 sqft of regenerative landscaping.


Any area with at least 1 Fruitful Communities Partner Group. A Partner Group is an official Roots Down chapter with at least 5 members.


Any area that is in the process of developing any of the first 3 traits. If the people are putting in the work, then you're building a Fruitful Community!

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Bring Roots Down to your area!

Interested in bringing the Fruitful Communities initiative to your town or neighborhood? Contact us for more information on getting started!

Want to get more involved?

No matter your background, resources, age, or interests, there's somewhere for everyone in the Fruitful Communities Initiative. Here are some ways you can get more involved in the movement. 

Want to financially support the Fruitful Communities initiative? Here are a few great ways: ​


If volunteering is more your speed, we have several options for donating your time:

Get Social

Like social media? Check out our social toolkit and tell the world about Roots Down.

  • Go to Social Toolkit.

Hire Us

Want to bring the Fruitful Communities initiative to your area? Reach out and let us see how we can help.

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Hang out with us.

We're always up to something. Check out some of our upcoming events, and join the growing movement of Fruitful Communities advocates.
  • Roots Down Member Roll Call
    Tue, Aug 16
    Join via Zoom
    Aug 16, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Join via Zoom
    Learn about ecological storytelling during our fourth official Member Roll Call.
  • VIRTUAL Dream Session & Garden Tour
    Wed, Aug 24
    Aug 24, 6:00 PM
    Imagine an even better Clarkston Community Center campus with Roots Down, Commissioner Ted Terry, and the Clarkston community!
  • Landscaper Happy Hour
    Thu, Aug 25
    Inner Voice Brewing
    Aug 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Inner Voice Brewing, 308 W Ponce de Leon Ave suite h, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
    This one's for the landscapers! Let's have a few pints at Inner Voice and talk about making the landscaping industry a force for good.
  • Dream Session & Garden Tour
    Tue, Aug 30
    Aug 30, 6:00 PM
    Clarkston, 3701 College Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021, USA
    Imagine an even better Clarkston Community Center campus with Roots Down, Commissioner Ted Terry, and the Clarkston community!
  • GreenHive All Call
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Sep 07
    via Zoom
    Sep 07, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    via Zoom
    Join the youth movement fighting climate change and feeding people!
  • Roots Down Member Roll Call
    Tue, Sep 13
    Join via Zoom
    Sep 13, 6:30 PM – Oct 10, 7:30 PM
    Join via Zoom
    Learn about pollinators and ecological landscaping with Leslie Inman and Vicki Mann.