Past Events & Workshops
We offer free monthly workshops on a range of topics and will add more topics in the future. Do you have a workshop you would like to present? A list of past workshops is below. Everyone is welcome to join us at our monthly meeting on the fourth Friday where we network, catch up on news, offer volunteer opportunities, evaluate our past work and discuss future projects. We also have celebration’s periodically like the one at the Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest on July.
WHEN: Saturday May 18, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park
Deep Roots will have a booth inside the Farmer market for the “Green Days” only. Check out our activities, workshops, store products and volunteer opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 30th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Good Earth Greenhouse
7900 Madison Street
River Forest IL 60305
WHEN: March 23, 2 - 2:30 pm
WHERE: The Good Food Expo at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago
Sunday, January 27th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trailside Museum of Natural History
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Sunday, July 29
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.
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)