Let's work together to bring edible landscaping & toxic-free lawns to our communities. Everyone is welcome.


The Deep Roots Project is a community of volunteers that teaches, mentors and encourages people to successfully grow bountiful edible and native plant gardens and to remove toxins from their yards in the Chicago area. We have monthly workshops, an online store and a healthy lawn pledge. Widen our impact by sharing our message, sharing your stories, bringing your ideas, skills, inspiration and support.
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“If I told you that one activity could make you healthier, improve the quality of your food, conserve fossil fuels, strengthen your community, increase biodiversity, help children understand that food does grow on trees, and restore your sense of connection with the natural world, would you be interested? I have two words: EDIBLE LANDSCAPING.” - Rosemary Creasy


Our Collaborating Organizations


Upcoming Events & Workshops

 Trailside Museum Celebration

On July 29 Deep Roots celebrated awarding our first Inspiration Edible Garden. Video of the event is below. Second bed was awarded to West Suburban Temple in River Forest.

Win an Inspiration Edible Garden worth $1000

Applications will be accepted from May 15 to November 1, 2018.

OUR PURPOSE is to inspire the Oak Park and River Forest communities to grow nutrient-rich healthy food, remove toxins from their yards and donate part of their harvest to the hungry.

Each Inspiration front yard garden includes a fully installed 4 x 8 ft raised bed for edibles complete with soil, seedlings and the support to be successful.

Funding for 10 free edible gardens in Oak Park and River Forest was received from Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy Fund, a giving group of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

Call and email David Murphy with your questions and to get help filling out the application. Instructions and application