Community supports Deep Roots Project at Trailside Ribbon-Cutting Event

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Community comes together at ribbon-cutting program to provide Inspiration for more than just food!

When the Deep Roots Project cut the ribbon on their first Inspiration Edible Garden Bed awarded to the Trailside Museum on Sunday, July 29, the program was more than just about growing food. It was about connecting communities and working together to make a culture shift.

With lovely weather and a reason to celebrate, over 50 people gathered in the beautiful Nature and Play area at Trailside Museum to hear about local opportunities, eat delicious fruits and vegetables, sing and celebrate the sustainable idea of growing edible plants on your front lawn instead of grass!

The 2-hour program shared the Deep Roots Project Big Idea to reduce the adverse health risks associated with toxically treated lawns. Deep Roots hopes to shift the idea of lawns to edible and native gardens through education and a focus on low-budget lawn conversion and garden building. Plus 25% of the food grown in the Inspiration Gardens will be donated to the food insecure.

Those in attendance included government officials, environmental advocates and citizens from River Forest, Oak Park and other communities interested in seeing the Inspiration Edible Garden bed and hearing more about ways to protect and make our communities sustainable.

River Forest President, Cathy Aducci and Sue Crothers were the first two speakers to share the importance of the work done through the River Forest Sustainability Commission. Mention of the Parkway for Pollinators Green Block Parties, Healthy Lawn, Healthy Family Initiatives, and composting service were just a few of the programs shared. Green Community Connections also provides Green Block Parties in Oak Park.

Dr. Asar Hapi and Project Director David Murphy focused on the huge benefits they have received by growing their own organic food on their road to better health. They each shared their personal stories and reasons for supporting the Deep Roots Project. Click here to see the program, community partners and pictures of this amazing event!

The Wednesday Journal article entitled Greening the Community, One Edible Garden at a Time: Deep Roots Project aims to change the way people eat was published two days before the event. This article can be found here and it shares the journey, vision and commitment of the project shared by co-directors Estelle Carol and Will Schreiber.