Signs of Heat Stress

It has been an unusually dry spring. In the past 60 days we’ve only had 8 days of rain, hardly invoking thoughts of “April showers.” The lack of rain has not only prematurely ended the spring 2023 growing season but has also left many trees, shrubs, and crops in danger. Heat stress occurs when plants … Read more

Foraging Etiquette

Before farms, factories, and civilization foraging, or the gathering of food from the wild, was the main way to sustain our basic needs. About 12,000 years ago we entered the Neolithic Revolution, or the Agricultural Revolution. Hunter-gatherers went from roaming around to settling in one area. The circumstance behind the transition is hypothesized a few … Read more

Meet the Team: Matt Gisondi

Matt is one of the founding members of Restore Our Roots (ROR) and is an active core member involved in project planning and overseeing the recently growing finances of the organization. Although both his professional and private life currently revolve around the environment and being outside, his love and interest for nature was very limited … Read more

Rick Webb’s Native Landscape

If you are a resident of Downingtown or regularly visit its local parks, specifically Kerr and Kardon, you may have witnessed a man in a gardening hat and sunglasses diligently cutting away “pesky invasive plants” during his spare time. Meet Rick Webb, a man who loves gardening so much that he has gained a cult … Read more

Plant Highlight: Eastern Redbud

For this month’s plant highlight, I would like to introduce you to one of the tree species Restore Our Roots (ROR) added to Kerr Park during this Spring’s planting along the waterway, the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. canadensis). This is a dominant small tree that covers most of the Eastern seaboard and has two … Read more

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