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Eco Advocates Visit Rock River Valley Food Pantry

The Eco Advocates is a Comprehensive Community Solutions program in partnership with the AOLC Urban Initiative Roots & Wings network. The Eco Advocates vocational preparatory program for young adults combines academics, training in green technology and urban agriculture, life skills, leadership development, and community service. 

Last year, the Eco Advocates grew organic vegetables at the Tinker Swiss Cottage gardens and sold them at the Rockford City Market.  This year, they will be starting a CSA and are exploring other ways they can be of service in the community. They are...

Roots & Wings Youth Leaders harvest fresh vegetables from their gardens to sell at farmers' markets and donate to their community

Congratulations to the Roots & Wings Youth Leaders on their recent grant from the In Youth We Trust grant program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

 
The Roots & Wings Youth Leaders, part of the Learning Center's Urban Initiative in Rockford, are a group of teens who work together to plan, plant, tend, harvest, cook, and sell vegetables from urban gardens in Rockford. Youth Leaders are role models for younger gardeners in our Urban Initiative, and often speak at public events in Rockford.

 
In Youth We Trust is a youth philanthropy program of...

The on-farm Learning Center in winter

By Katie Townsend, AOLC Urban Farm Educator

 

My Dear Students,

 

It is New Year’s Eve. Before I revel the night away my habit is to revisit the year. Sometimes I retrace my footsteps. I like to stand one last time in the places I have labored and dreamed. So I find myself at the sleeping garden we have tended together. Tiny snowflakes melt into blackened soil. We have done our part and nature is about to do her rejuvenating work. Snow, compost and hope all go together. You will see come April.

 

Dan Janssen, a University Extension...

Angelic Organics Learning Center: Urban Initiative (Roots & Wings) 3rd annual Be Healthy Walk is this Saturday (May 28th). All are welcomed to join together with us to do something healthy and fun and at the same time help the Roots & Wings Youth Leaders celebrate the beginning of their Spring academic period.

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It’s emerging! A youth-led urban agriculture hub in Southwest Rockford, IL. A hoop house, built by over 30 Rockford youth, is up and is being prepped for its first season of production.

The 2011 plans for cultivation and growth of over 6 urban agriculture sites are being developed by 3 contributing organizations. These plans even include youth owned micro-enterprises; Rockford truly has amazing youth with great ideas!

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Where were you on November 19th, 2010? If you were not at the 2nd Annual Harvest celebration hosted by the Roots & Wings Youth Leaders, you missed a dinner that included turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, fresh salad, squash, lemon pie, sweet potato pie, and cheese cake.

Many of the food items were prepared by the Youth Leaders themselves and some of the food came out of some of our Rockford gardens. Most people enjoyed seconds and thirds.

The Southwest Rockford Community Gardens, a Urban Initiative: Roots & Wings (Rockford) sponsored project, celebrated it's first Harvest celebration on October 29, 2010. The Rockford Register Star newspaper and WREX/Channel 13 news were both on hand to witness the youth reflect honestly and thoughtfully on their urban initiative experience.

Youth Leaders working on invites

 

The Youth Leaders of Roots & Wings would like to remind all that will be attending our annual Harvest Celebration on this Friday, November 19, 2010 from 5:30-8pm.

The Youth Leaders look forward to hosting you all and have planned many fun and informative events. We would also like to remind all to bring a dish for our potluck! The Youth Leaders themselves are preparing pies, cheesy potatoes, and other goodies.

The celebration will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 North Court Street in Rockford.         

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Building Community Food Systems in Rockford

Angelic Organics Learning Center is proud to announce a recent award from the USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program. The Learning Center is one of only 27 organizations nationwide to receive this award to build build community food systems. These awards were made through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA.)

 

The award will support our work with youth and adult leadership teams to build community food security in Rockford,  Illinois. The Learning Center's programming in Rockford has grown out of the plans, visions, and talents of the ...

Grown By Rockford Youth

Come celebrate with the Learning Center and the South West Rockford Community Garden Cooperative Partnership as we celebrate a successful and very fruitful first growing season!

 

On Friday, October 29, from 11:00am-2:30pm at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, 411 Kent St in Rockford, we will be celebrating the harvest season and expressing our appreciation for all of our 2010 volunteers.

 

In its first year, the South West Rockford Community Gardens Partnership has already made a big impact in South West Rockford and beyond. Over 100 youth from the community have put in over...

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