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Roots & Wings

Angelic Organics Learning Center coordinates Roots & Wings in Rockford, IL. This network of community-based organizations is committed to community and youth development through urban agriculture. The main growing location is located in Blackhawk Courts, a property owned by Rockford Housing Authority. 

Roots & Wings grows vegetables using organic and sustainable techniques, while also motivating, educating, and inspiring youth and adults to be leaders and role models. Youth are the leaders of Roots & Wings, with older youth teaching younger kids about farming and food. Youth Leaders sell their produce through the summer through our Roots & Wings CSA, markets, and direct sale to local restaurants and businesses. Our Youth Leaders Program also provides leadership skills, public speaking experience, and the opportunity to earn real money. Leaders attend national and regional youth leadership and urban agriculture events, such as the Rooted in Community conference.


Roots & Wings Locations

MAIN OFFICE
(330 15th Ave. Rockford, IL 61104)

BLACKHAWK COURTS FARM & GARDEN 
(338 15th Ave. Rockford, IL 61104)
 
YOUTH FARM at TINKER SWISS COTTAGE 
(411 Kent St. Rockford, IL 60608)

Partners:

 

Funders:

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Experimental Station - LINK up Illinois
Fruit Guys Community Fund
General Mills Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Rockford
Kiwanis Club of Alpine Rockford