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Roots & Wings

Angelic Organics Learning Center coordinates Roots & Wings, a network of community-based organizations committed to community and youth development through urban agriculture in Rockford, IL.


Our current projects in Rockford include:


In Rockford, the Roots & Wings network grows organic vegetables, while motivating, educating, and inspiring youth and adults to be leaders and role models in their communities.

Youth are the leaders of Roots & Wings, with teens teaching younger kids about gardening and food. Youth leaders market their produce through the summer, while earning money, job skills, and public speaking experience.

Youth work together on community-wide projects, and experienced youth leaders attend national and regional youth leadership and urban agriculture events, such as the Rooted in Community conference.

Youth and adults work together to plan, plant, tend, harvest, cook, and sell vegetables from their farm and gardens. Vegetables from the gardens inspire cooking projects such as greens and sweet potato pie. Youth learn how their food choices can help care for the earth and themselves. In the garden, we practice teamwork and learn to solve problems peacefully. Through art projects and community celebrations, we welcome others to the garden and share what we are learning.

 

 

We are a proud member of the

United Way of Rock River Valley

 

 

    The Youth Leaders Program
    Farm Enterprises
    Job Readiness Training
    History of Roots & Wings