​"We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot"  
Leonardo da Vinci

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Our philosophy is essentially this


The regional climate here has historically been one of the most variable on the planet (to date). Our rather harsh environment effectively forced those that came before us to be creative people. Being creative involves taking some risks of course and unfortunately in recent times, 

risk-taking in many sectors of our society has effectively been stifled. In a fast-paced world, making 'mistakes' in almost any discipline is typically to be avoided at all costs and yet we readily agree that learning from mistakes to be among the most effective ways of learning. 


Coincidentally, much of this creativity has been lost in the relatively short time period that coincides with the unprecedented use of non-renewable resources along with industrial-scale agriculture and global food production and distribution that are completely dependent on 'cheap' fossil fuels. 


Creativity is a prerequisite for effective change and there will be no greater need for it than in dealing with climate change and an overpopulated world. Required adaptation has already been thrust upon us and well, it's early days..


Higher Groundwork HortiCulture was established to help improve the local and regional understanding of green roofs and rooftop agriculture in order to address issues ranging from improving storm water management to producing urban food. We want to help land and facility owners, developers, designers and builders be creative and become confident and successful in implementing new solutions. We support incentives and policy improvements through awareness and education and engagement.