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Roots & Wings Network

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Roots & Wings Network

Angelic Organics Learning Center coordinates the Roots & Wings Network in Rockford, IL. This network of community-based organizations is committed to community and youth development through urban agriculture. Roots & Wings grows vegetables using organic and sustainable techniques, while also motivating, educating, and inspiring youth and adults to be leaders and role models in their communities.

Youth are the leaders of Roots & Wings, with older youth teaching younger kids about farming and food. Youth Leaders market their produce through the summer. They learn job skills, attain public speaking experience, and earn money. Youth also work together on community-wide projects. 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, youth practice teamwork and learn to solve problems peacefully. Art projects and community celebrations welcome others to the garden and offer opportunity for youth to share what they are learning.

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