Roots to Fruits is a permaculture 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 more. Our work optimizes the functional value of landscapes through multifaceted approaches such as windbreaks, water harvesting features, and soil building systems. We envision hundreds of working models for rural, suburban, and urban homesteads that form the basis of land-based local economies.
Plant a nut tree and it will live for 100-200 years— each year it will bear more nuts, sequester more carbon, produce more oxygen, and provide more habitat. Its value not only increases over time but self replicates into thousands of trees. Our clients are redefining the act of investing by turning financial capital into living wealth—in the form of abundant and biodiverse living systems. By choosing to transform their landscapes, home economies, and communities they are investing into future generations and laying the foundation for a resilient, energy-conscious world. We feel that these ideals and actions are what sustainability is all about.
Our services offer a way for individuals—home or land owners—farmers, and organizations to re-connect to their sources of sustenance while building more resilient homes and communities. To these ends, we help our clients make their landscapes ecologically regenerative, productive, beautiful and enjoyable, while becoming living examples of how to address the world’s problems, essentially, in a garden. Whether you have a small city lot, a modest country parcel, or an expansive farmscape, we work at all scales and skill-levels to most appropriately address your landscape and goals to bring both into harmony. We design and consult on the development of:
- Fruit and Nut Orchards
- Vegetable Gardens
- Greenhouses and Season Extension
- Composting Systems
- Root Cellars
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Earthworks, Ponds, and Rain Gardens
- Keyline Design Systems
- Rain Barrels and Cisterns
- Livestock Integration
- Forest Farming
- Alley Cropping
- Windbreaks and Hedgerows
Where We Work
Roots to Fruits is a Michigan-centric business, specializing in the Great Lakes bioregion. We operate offices in both Clarkston and Suttons Bay, and conduct work across the majority of lower Michigan. 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 for the long haul.
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. We’re talking 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 designers and earth stewards we’re reaching beyond sustainability into the realms of regeneration.