Roots to Fruits is a whole systems ecological design and edible landscaping firm that specializes in the planning and development of abundant, biodiverse, and durable human habitats. We work with homeowners, businesses,and farmers to develop ecologically regenerative and economically viable landscapes that produce a bounty of yields in the forms of food, medicine, enjoyment, and much more. Our work optimizes the functional value of landscapes through multifaceted approaches such as windbreaks, water harvesting features, and soil building systems. Aside from design, consulting, implementation and maintenance we offer an array of educational services aimed to further the practice of ecological land-use, homesteading, and edible landscaping. We envision hundreds of working models for rural, suburban, and urban homesteads that form the basis of land-based local economies.
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” -Bill Mollison
We live in an incredibly challenging and opportune time— with population density, industrialization, and technological advancements greater than ever before, the human demand for resources has reached an all-time high. All of this is happening in an ever changing world influenced by peak oil, economic instability, and a shifting climate. These pressures create an unprecedented need to build resilient and adaptive communities. This calls for radical relocalization— the relocalization of not only our food systems but all aspects of our lives. This is the change needed to support vibrant communities and budding local economies that can endure the challenges of our time. Individuals and families can actively engage in the ecosystem around them and contribute to greater community resiliency by taking action on the homefront by starting a garden, installing rain cisterns and compost bins, and sharing ideas, skills, and resources with their neighbors and friends. Small and simple solutions like these pave the way for a sustainable future. So whether you’re starting a small orchard, expanding your homestead to include grazing animals, or simply shopping locally and growing herbs on a balcony, your efforts and contributions are greatly needed!
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” -Seth Bernard
Where We Are
We are located in southeast Michigan just 40 miles north of Detroit with our principal place of business being Michigan and the Greats Lakes bioregion. Much of our work takes place throughout lower Michigan in the greater metro Detroit area; we live on and manage two research/demonstration sites in Clarkston, MI.
We are invested in improving the health of the local ecosystems in which we live as well as that of the greater bioregion. With the largest amount of fresh water on the planet and thousands of acres of pristine natural resources we feel Michigan has many unique gifts to offer. We are dedicated to maintaining and enriching the ecological and cultural vitality of our great mitten state long into the future.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” -Native American Proverb
Regeneration: Beyond Sustainability
It is our goal to create land-use systems that are ecologically regenerative— that give back to and increasingly replenish the resource base on which they depend. Imagine farms and gardens that build more topsoil every year, purify water and recharge aquifers, and create ever more wild life habitat. From this paradigm farming and homesteading become the greatest acts of ecological restoration and conservation. As earth stewards we are reaching beyond sustainability into the realms of regeneration.