Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Volunteer Jobs list March 24

Deep Roots is quickly. Our team leaders and our Core Team need help managing our events and projects.

We need volunteers to help out when they have time:

  • Building cedar raised beds and planting containers in our garage workshop

  • Delivering raised beds, soil, compost, mulch

  • Filling raised beds

  • Planting seedlings and seeds and other work with soil and plants

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Helping get people to sign our Healthy Family/Healthy Lawn pledge and switch to natural and organic lawn care methods

  • Engaging people at events like the Farmers Market, volunteer fairs, Day in Our Village and handing out flyers

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Calling DRP volunteers and members about meetings and events

  • Reaching out to schools, congregations and local groups

  • Helping out at events (check-in, newsletter signups, surveys, serving food, etc)

  • Assisting our sales manager with orders, customer questions, tracking deliveries, updating spreadsheets, etc.

Deep Roots is seeking 5 skilled volunteer assistants

Deep Roots is seeking 5 skilled volunteer assistants

Deep Roots Project is a start-up 501c3 that educates and supports local edible gardeners. We received $17,000 from the Big Idea funding competition sponsored by the local community foundation. We received another $10, 000 from the Kott Foundation for a senior/youth gardening project And we just received another $5,000 from the same community foundation to continue planting native gardens in River Forest parkways. Plus, we have an online store that sells the best equipment and products for gardening success.

Tomato Growing Tips

Tomato Growing Tips

Complete Growing Guide For Healthy Organic Tomatoes (10 min) -

  • PH should be 5.5.

  • Plant extra deep.

  • Maintain even soil moisture. Never let soil dry out.

  • First fertilize with blood meal (nitrogen) and worm castings.

  • Stop feeding nitrogen around July 4 and start feeding phosphorus with bone meal.

  • Add as much egg shells for calcium as want.

  • Epson Salt (magnesium phosphate) and nitrogen work together on calcium absorption.

  • Every 2 weeks mix 1to 3 tbsp epsom salt to one gallon of water.

  • Space 2 feet apart to get air flow around plant to prevent fungi and blight

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Organic zucchini with strong disease resistance. Open plants with low spines provide easy harvests of dark-green, straight zucchinis. High yields and good fruit set, even in variable conditions. Equally suited for field and tunnel. Very similar to Dunja in habit and performance, but Desert's fruits are slightly straighter and more flecked, and plants have added CMV resistance. Intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew, papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. Organically grown.

Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall is a great time to:

  • Install a new edible raised bed in good weather without a rush

  • Plant a fall crop of veggies

  • Super-charge an edible bed with composted manure for a spring harvest.

Get free garden coaching

When you buy a raised bed, soil, mulch, fertilizer, seedlings or other products and services from Deep Roots get free coaching for your fall gardening from the Deep Roots director David Murphy. Contact David at (773) 502-5600 and dmurphy[at]

Filling space vacated by spring crops with summer-sown vegetables will keep your garden productive well into fall, and even winter. Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, musk melon, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, and tomatoes will all be damaged by even a light frost, but many other crops will survive. Fall, with its cooler temperatures and more abundant moisture, offers excellent growing conditions for many vegetables. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens like tender lettuce, frost-proof spinach, swiss chard, collards, arugula, beets, kale with a sprinkling of red mustard added for spice. Plus, cooler temperatures will make your fall vegetables taste crisp and sweet. Learn more about frost-tolerant garden vegetables.

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Deep Roots Project invites you to watch the important new video docu-series, "GMOs Revealed” using our login credentials for streaming video. Learn about the latest startling scientific information and the little discussed politics behind the GMO industry. 

Greening the community, one edible garden at a time

Deep Roots Project aims to change the way people eat

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 11:58 AM

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By Lacey Sikora
Contributing Reporter

In March, the Deep Roots Project was awarded a Big Idea Grant of $17,000 by the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy Fund, a giving group of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. 

The award will fund Deep Roots' Lawns to Garden initiative, and as part of that initiative, Deep Roots is holding a contest that runs through Nov. 1 to give away 10 edible gardens, along with two years of maintenance, free workshops and a gardening coach.