Shared Roots is an early-stage start-up founded on the belief that we share responsibility in making our community—wherever we put down our proverbial roots—a better place. That means being hypersensitive to all things local: the environment we inhabit, the businesses we support, the food we eat, and the beer we drink. As localists we purposefully seek out opportunities to connect those dots by upcycling waste from the craft beer industry into new products that help people grow their own food. This makes eating local easier and our economy more circular.
Educated as a designer with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Penn State and a master’s degree in urban design from Harvard University, Krista is adept at creative problem-solving. Add to that 10 years of experience in community supported agriculture and 20 years of experience as a community planner focused on place-based economic development, and you will understand why she believes that localism is fundamental to environmental and economic sustainability
Tom Clark is the owner of the Berwick Brewing Company, which he established in Northeast Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River back in 2008. The brewery itself is the former Vaughn’s Bakery, which dates to 1916. With a bachelor’s degree in business management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and more than 30 years in the commercial brewing industry, both in the US and in Germany, Tom has deep knowledge of both the process and the business of brewing beer.
The Spent Brewery Grains (SBG) used to make Garden Squares originate from the Berwick Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in Berwick, Pennsylvania. These are malted grains that are mashed to extract wort. After lautering the grains are regarded as waste. These grains are upcycled into Garden Squares.
We don't just make Garden Squares, we use them too--in the Butler Township Market Garden near Drums, Pennsylvania, which doubles as a field lab for product trials. The food grown here is sold locally through farm shares, along with other produce from nearby farms via the Nescopeck Collective. This community garden also provides wonderful opportunities to engage with gardeners of all ages and backgrounds and solicit feedback on the products.