Authentic Learning describes learning through applying knowledge in real-life contexts and situations. At Roots this is provided through the farm and associated businesses. Solving real-world problems motivates students. They often express a preference for doing rather than listening. At the same time, most educators consider learning-by-doing the most effective way to learn.

*Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview By Marilyn M. Lombardi

A farm in the city is an ideal context for studying connections. A farm demonstrates the most basic relationship humans have to the land.