Our Approach

Soil Life Revitalization

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
— Wendell Berry
Fungal flowers; PHOTO by: rootshoot

Fungal flowers; PHOTO by: rootshoot

To nourish our health, we must care for and protect the vitality of the microorganisms within our soils.

Soil food web health can be determined for any scale of plant production, from planter pots to massive farms.

Through our management plan, we can help you determine if your soil is compatible in terms of biological diversity to support your desired plants.

Soil Health Consulting and Education

Soil is one of the basic foundations of a healthy life and we strive to understand how we can play a role in nurturing the living community found in soil.

Regenerating and maintaining the natural balance and symbiotic relationships between plants and soil microorganisms have been proven to be effective in restoring landscapes and boosting plant health.

At RootShoot, we provide consultation on improving soil health and increasing plant resiliency.  Enriching and diversifying biology in soil is our main priority - this methodology is based on the principles developed and taught by Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil FoodWeb Inc.

To learn more of the ecological services provided by soil microorganisms, please checkout our article on The Soil Food Web.  If you choose to dive deeper into the scientific world, please checkout the articles found in the Environment Celebration Institute website.

In addition to consulting, RootShoot also offers workshops across the Lower Mainland.  If you wish to host RootShoot in your community, get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to share our knowledge about soil health with you.

Soil FoodWeb Analysis

Knowing the microorganism community living in your soil is the first step to take in understanding your soil's health.

Our soil analysis includes a qualitative assessment of microorganism groups using a microscope - it is a better way of determining the health of your soil or compost than the traditional and limited method of chemical analysis.  It will let you know if you have the right soil community to provide your plants with the nutrients they need.

The optimal ratio of soil microbes for plants have been identified by Dr. Elaine Ingham - her research over the past three decades has greatly broadened our understanding of how life in the soil affects the health of plants.

To learn more about how we can help you understand what is living in your soil, please checkout our Lab Services page.

Enhancing Soil Biodiversity



The most important step in improving soil health is to regenerate the microorganism community in your soil based on your plants' needs.

RootShoot provides a combination of biologically-rich products to boost plant health.  We use actively-aerated compost, compost tea and extract made in-house to support the plants you are trying to grow.  Our teas and extracts are made directly from our compost and to ensure our compost's quality, we periodically perform microscopic analysis to observe its thriving biology.

The data obtained from the analyses against our compost, compost teas and extracts are also submitted to Dr. Elaine Ingham for verification and improvement recommendations.

RootShoot encourages transparency in all of our communication with our clients, therefore, if you wish to know the biological community living in our products, send us an email and we will be more than happy to share that information with you.

If you happen to be a supplier of one of these products, please feel free to contact us and request for a biological analysis so that we can also recommend your product to our clients.