The Root Center


Our Mission

The Root Center is dedicated to the easement of the basic stressors of human life (providing food, water, shelter, energy and community) through the intelligent application of simple technologies, thereby building a cornerstone for a worldwide network of abundance to give every human being the time and dignity to lead fulfilling lives and elevate the quality of life for all.


We will integrate nature and technology, traditional and modern. In this process we will enable profound community development through a strong foundation of the basic infrastructure of community living. Community centers will be established to provide the tools and resources to explore humanity's creative potential.

The Root Center is a growing organization currently run entirely by unpaid staff and volunteers.  This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of The Root Center and help us build a community support network that will transform local food systems around the world.
Here are some ways to connect with us (in no particular order):
1. Send an email to with your contact info, interests/skills/hobbies/areas of study/etc. that you would like to share and whether you'd rather design your own method of contributing to the cause or if you'd rather help in an all around capacity as needed.
2. Show up to a posted event (Root Down music and gardening sessions every Saturday from 10-5 at 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington, VT).  If you are sure you'll be coming to an event please send us an email so we can make sure to have enough equipment/instruments on hand, etc.
3. Call Erin Kvam at (802)735-5122 and discuss upcoming events and how you would like to be involved and/or set up a time to meet the team.
4. DONATE!!  :-)
Current activities you can help with (feel free to design your own, too!):
1.  Further development and record-keeping of our ongoing projects (gardening, aquaponics systems, community-building, etc.)
2. Event planning (we have many events - fundraisers, gardening, community-building, etc.)
3. Grant writing and research
4. Accounting/Legal aid
5. Model creation/blueprints/concept sketches, etc.
Future activities you can help with:
1. Gardening! (Forming garden beds, putting mycelium and compost down, transplanting, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting)
2. Dome construction and setup of the aquaponics system.
3. Event participation!