Showcase Edible Garden Tour & Potluck Dinner
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Showcase Edible Garden Tour & Potluck Dinner

In memory of Eco-Champion Sally Stovall

Deep Roots Project and Green Community Connections invite the community to see and taste the beauty of this showcase edible garden between 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the home of Estelle Carol, 323 S. East Ave., Oak Park. Bringing a dish and/or beverage to share is not required but is greatly appreciated.

July 21 Schedule:

• 4 to 6 p.m. showcase garden tours + potluck appetizers
• 6 to 8 p.m. potluck dinner
• 7 p.m. sing along (songs to remember Sally chosen by her children)

This garden is dedicated to Sally Stovall, local eco-champion and co-founder of Green Community Connections, who died suddenly on May 21. To learn more about Sally's wide-ranging environmental work, go here.

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Get a sneak peek of the garden in this video.

Volunteers needed to help setup ice cold beverages, tables, and chairs in the back yard shade garden as well as greeters, tour guides, and cleanup crew. Contact lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.

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Organic Pest Control Workshop
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Organic Pest Control Workshop

  • Oak Park Main Library (Community Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHEN: Sunday, June 9, 2-4pm
WHERE: Oak Park Main Library (Community Room)
834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301

Join us to learn many tips on how to prevent pest in your edible garden. Preventing garden pests is far easier (and more fun!) than dealing with pest outbreaks after they show up. Even some natural sprays can harm your soil and your plants. So creative, vigilant and knowledgeable prevention is best. If you fail at preventing pests, then learn from them.

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop

  • Oak Park Main Library (Community Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHEN: Thursday, May 30. 7-9pm
WHERE: Oak Park Main Library (Community Room)
834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.

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Native & Edible Garden Design Workshop
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Native & Edible Garden Design Workshop

  • Oak Park Main Library (Community Room) (map)
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WHEN: Sunday, May 26, 2-4pm
WHERE: Oak Park Main Library (Community Room)
834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301
Presented by Kurt Hansen

Both native and edible plants are needed for a healthy ecology and improved food harvest. Including flowers and perennials as well increases the beauty of the whole landscape.This workshop will cover garden design with BOTH natives AND edibles. We want native gardeners to learn how to include edible plants. And we want edible gardeners to learn how to include native plants. 

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2-4pm
WHERE: Oak Park Main Library (Community Room)
834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Avoiding compaction, covering with dense leaf mulch, applying organic matter, adding biochar, and keeping the soil covered are simple tips that will reap great rewards.

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Earth Day
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day

WHEN: Saturday, April 27 10am - 2pm
WHERE: Public Works Center
201 South Boulevard

Oak Park's celebration of green living returns with the Village's 10th annual Earth Fest. The family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Public Works Center, 201 South Boulevard.

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Natural Lawn Care Workshop
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Natural Lawn Care Workshop

  • Oak Park Main Library (Community Room) (map)
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WHEN: April 7, 2-4pm
WHERE: Oak Park Main Library, Community Room
834 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301

Jeff Swano is our expert on beautiful toxic-free lawns and the owner of Dig Right In Landscaping. He has been leading the way in residential organic lawn care since 2005. Over the years, he has come to fully understand the science and techniques necessary to build and sustain healthy soil ecology.

Learn about the best practices for creating a non-toxic healthy beautiful lawn and yard from Jeff Swano at the next Deep Roots free workshop. Videos from past workshops will be coming soon to our website. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the next workshop will be offered.

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Crop Planning Workshop
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Crop Planning Workshop

  • Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch (map)
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WHEN:
Sunday, January 27th
2:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE:
Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch
845 Gunderson Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Please join the Deep Roots Project as host Dan Gibbs (https://www.chicagobackyardfarmer.com/) leads an interactive workshop on how to get maximum yield from your garden by making a successful crop plan.

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Prevent pests and disease in edible gardens
Oct
27
10:30 AM10:30

Prevent pests and disease in edible gardens

Essential tips for both the fall and spring

Presenter: Dan Gibbs
Date: Saturday, October 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

With a minimal amount of strategic effort you can set up your edible garden for success. Did you know that the care you take in closing your edible garden for the winter will have a direct effect on preventing pests and diseases the following spring? Conventional growing methods say if you see a pest you spray it. Learn how to grow clean healthy food without pests and diseases by managing nutrition & organic material in your soil, plus using a few more simple tricks. Dan Gibbs is an OPRF native who has been using organic growing methods for 15 years as a commercial farmer and avid gardener. Local agriculture is one of his passions.

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Volunteer Meeting
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Meeting

Looking to grow food, find a community garden space, connect with other gardeners, build a raised bed or figure out a good design for your yard? Come to our monthly volunteer meetings for the Deep Roots Project where the first hour is all about supporting YOU! We meet on the 4th Friday of every month at the Good Earth Greenhouse from 6-8 pm. Click below to see meeting details about our September 28 meeting and to receive updates.

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Free watering and irrigation workshop (Aug. 26th 2-4pm)
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

Free watering and irrigation workshop (Aug. 26th 2-4pm)

Title: Free watering and irrigation workshop
Date: Sunday August 26th from 2 to 4pm.
Location: Estelle’s garden, 323 S. East Ave, Oak Park

Learn about various ways to water your garden including when to water, how to water with a hose, rain barrels, drip irrigation, automatic irrigation, the importance dense mulch. 

Many people ponder how to water a garden. They may struggle over questions such as, “How much water should I give my garden?” or “How often should I water a garden?” It’s really not as complicated as it seems, but there are some things that should be considered. These include the type of soil you have, what your climate or weather is like, and the types of plants you are growing.

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Deep Roots Project - Learn, Share, Grow Monthly Meeting
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Deep Roots Project - Learn, Share, Grow Monthly Meeting

You are invited to come join us Friday, August 24 at the Good Earth Greenhouse at 7900 Madison Street in River Forest starting at 6:00 for food, fun and friendship! Meeting from 7-8 pm and we will start and end on time.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Networking ~ Supporting our Community Roots

  • Monthly swag and surprises from Estelle's Garden!
  • Gardening network opportunities – seed plant swaps, coaching, garden design, etc.
  • Order nourishing food to support the Good Earth Greenhouse Cafe. See menu here.

7:00 - 8:00 pm Deep Roots Project Agenda

  • Team Updates/Discussion Groups
  • Share ideas and brainstorm with us on our monthly topic
  • Keep up to date with all our programs and initiatives, i.e. Inspiration Garden Contest/Healthy Lawn Pledge/Our Store Products and take some flyers to share with others
  • Support and share ways in which we can collaborate, contribute and connect to grow our own food and make our communities healthy by reducing our toxic burden!

Please bring a friend, your kids and family and RSVP here so we can expect you. This is our time to share good environmental stewardship! 

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Inspiration Edible Garden Award Celebration at Trailside Museum
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Inspiration Edible Garden Award Celebration at Trailside Museum

WHERE:
Trailside Museum of Natural History
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

WHEN:
Sunday, July 29
2-4pm

Spend the afternoon with the Deep Roots Project as they bring together community leaders, garden experts, local environmental organizations, and a program designed to engage the senses! Come learn, network and celebrate how lawns and landscapes can grow healthy food and be toxin-free!

This family friendly celebration at the Trailside Museum kicks off the first of 10 inspiration edible garden beds awarded by Deep Roots Project and funded by the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy Fund, a giving group of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

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Raised Bed Gardening Workshop
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Raised Bed Gardening Workshop

  • 1101 North Taylor Avenue Oak Park, IL, 60302 United States (map)
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Sunday June 3rd 2018 from 12 to 2 PM
1101 N Taylor Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Please join Deep Roots Project for our raised bed gardening workshop. We will cover the basics of raised bed gardening from how to pick the right spot to maximising your harvest. This will be a valuable workshop for novice and experienced gardeners.

Workshop will be held on , Location Please contact David Murphy at DMurphy@deep-roots-project.org for more information - (773-502-5600)

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