Who We Are

We bring health back to you through the landscape.

RootShoot is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  It is owned and operated by, Jo Castañeda Tobias, a Regenerative Soils Consultant and a certification student of Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil FoodWeb Inc.

RootShoot's Lab Services is the first officially recognized Soil Food Web Lab in Western Canada.

As a business, RootShoot, operates under the principle that biological diversity and living soils need to be wholly integrated in order to support healthy plants and people.  As an entrepreneur, Jo strives to develop RootShoot into an organization that fills the role of nurturing health in any and all of its forms within the community.

Jo's achievements include the following:

  • Regenerative Soils Consultant through Soil FoodWeb Inc.
  • Permaculture practitioner through The Permaculture Institute of Australia.  Jo is also currently in the process of completing her second Permaculture Design Course through GaiaCraft.
  • Organic Land Care practitioner through Gaia College.
  • A former software developer for almost 15 years.  During this time, Jo worked for various industries that allowed her to gain a diverse set of transferable skills in leadership, communication, project management, analytics, research and development, mentoring and problem-solving.

What We Do

RootShoot focuses on healthy collaboration with people as well as with nature.

As a soil health consultant, RootShoot's primary goal is to maximize health for you and your landscape by understanding how we can support the soil community that we depend on so much for our health.


Why RootShoot

Because we care about the health of both you and your landscape.

We will work with you to gain a real understanding of what you are looking to achieve for your landscape.

We operate under the principle that biological diversity and living soils need to be wholly integrated, in order to support a healthy you.


Our Community Stewardship

We build partnerships to serve the local community.

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.
— Dorothy Height

Businesses play an integral role in the community.  They have the ability to culturally transform its people, dictate how natural resources are viewed and used, create jobs, improve or degrade natural ecosystems, develop desires in people and fill that niche, bend government to their will, and the list goes on.

Businesses can change the way we think, speak and act.

RootShoot strives to fill the role of nurturing health in any and all of its forms within the community.  As a local business, we continuously evaluate all our relationships, from landscapes to people, with the intention of maximizing abundance and health.

In addition to our daily business operations, RootShoot seeks to create partnerships with local, non-profit organizations.  Currently, we are working with Collingwood Neighbourhood House to restore the Norquay Community Learning Orchard in East Vancouver.  It is intended to be a learning space that features native plants and fruit trees.  Our passion is with landscape rejuvenation, which necessarily includes strengthening the environmental stewardship culture within our community.