Bringing families closer to fresh food with sustainable in-home farming kits

Back to the Roots

Research and Strategy
Industrial Design

Get growing

Back to the Roots is committed to bringing people closer to their food.

We helped Back to the Roots design and build the Water Garden; the first home aquaponics system that offers an engaging and simple farming experience for families. The Water Garden consists of a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. When owners feed the fish, the fish's waste serves as nutrients for the plants. In turn, the plants clean the water. This self-contained ecosystem gives owners a lasting opportunity to bring their own food to life.

The Water Garden won The Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award and thousands of Water Gardens are now in homes and classrooms around the world. Back to the Roots is a growing company with unstoppable momentum, bringing fresh food and the joy of gardening to kids and families around the nation.

"The Daylight team is special–combining incredible talent with a deep sense of purpose to use their work for social impact."

Nikhil Arora, Co-founder, Back to the Roots

From sketch to production

We collaborated closely with aquaponics experts, growers, and potential users. Following our research and strategy, we embarked on a relentless cycle of iterative brainstorming, design development, engineering, and testing until we arrived at a solution that resonated with the team and with users. We developed the Water Garden, a sustainable ecosystem that allows families to take care of a fish and grow fresh food at the same time.

Sustained growth

Thousands of Water Gardens have found their way into homes and classrooms all across the country.


Schools nationwide with Water Gardens


Water Gardens sold