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.

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]deep-roots-project.org

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

Original post: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-24-2018/Greening-the-community,-one-edible-garden-at-a-time/

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.

Community supports Deep Roots Project at Trailside Ribbon-Cutting Event

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 7/29/18, 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!

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

Have you ever driven by a home with an incredible looking lawn and thought, “Who has the time to make their yard look like that?” We all know what it’s like to dream of the perfect lawn, to make plans for giving it the attention it needs, and to have life happen and change those plans. The good news is that there are practical solutions that can help you create a head-turning yard this summer, and you can do them even with a busy schedule.

Don’t Over-Mow

An overgrown lawn is a quick way to make your property appear abandoned, so it’s important to keep it in shape. But you also want to avoid over-mowing it. It’s better to plan your mowing around how your grass is growing rather than worry about sticking to a strict schedule. In other words, the length of the grass matters more than how often you mow. Depending on your geographical location and how much rain you’re getting, this can change by the week. Sometimes you may need to mow weekly and sometimes it may be every two weeks.

When you over-mow, it keeps your grass from properly growing and reaching its lush, green potential. A good indicator that your grass isn’t growing is if it pales or turns yellow. If you see that, you should let it grow a little before you cut it again. Also, it’s common lawn advice to never cut more than one-third off the length of your blades. Even if it’s severely overgrown, it’s better to first cut one-third off your grass and to gradually make it lower.