Our mission is to guide and assist landowners in establishing and maintaining attractive healthy plant communities and promoting ecosystem resilience using organic landscaping practices that protect people, pets, and wildlife while minimizing expenditures of energy, labor, and other resources.
John Root, founder and principal of Earthwise Landscaping, brings a lifelong love of plants and the natural world to his work. Graduate study in botany at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a nurseryman apprenticeship at Tripple Brook Farm in Southampton, MA as well as several decades of field and practical experience have contributed to his knowledge and expertise as a landscaper. As a member of the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network, he is currently promoting habitat for wildlife as an organizer and educator in support of pollinator resolution initiatives in Massachusetts towns and cities. He is also playing leading roles with Grow Food Amherst and Help Yourself to plan and establish plantings of perennials for food on public land in his hometown of Amherst.
John leads edible wild plant walks and offers educational programs on a variety of nature and landscaping topics at libraries, senior centers, nature centers, and other venues throughout New England, and has served as Chair of the Town of Amherst Recycling and Refuse Committee since 2012. John is an Accredited Organic Landscape Professional through Northeast Organic Farming Association, and is also a member of the Ecological Landscapers Association.
“John’s vast knowledge is such a help to us. He understands our long-term priorities, including minimizing ongoing maintenance and honoring Mother Earth. John works with the energy of several teenagers in accomplishing the tasks that we designate together for our property. He is such a great “find!” I have recommended John highly to several friends and neighbors, and will continue to do so.”
Elizabeth Alcaide – Retired Dance Instructor, Amherst, MA
John Root has been a tremendous help to me in the establishment of edible perennial gardens on my homestead - in fact, without him I don't think I could have done it. His expertise and availability are invaluable, and he has consistently provided me with healthy, sturdy, delicious, and fascinating plants at reasonable prices. He is a great resource.
Rabbi Ben Weiner - Jewish Community of Amherst, Amherst, MA
Members of Grow Food Amherst, a community organization devoted to the locavore food movement, have come to appreciate John as an outstanding educator and landscape ecologist. His natural wisdom and willingness to share with others is a gift to our community.
Professor John Gerber - Sustainable Food and Farming Program, UMass Amherst
John offers a wealth of horticultural experience and resources. In addition, he has a genuine interest in and commitment to helping people make wise, productive use of their land.
Steve Breyer, Nurseryman - Tripple Brook Farm, Southampton, MA