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AOLC Eco-Advocate accepts award for urban agriculture work in Rockford

Congratulations to our Rockford partners! On January 27, the Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded the Chairman’s Special award to AOLC partner Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, for its Kent Creek restoration project and urban farming projects located on the Tinker Swiss grounds. The gardens are managed by Angelic Organics Learning Center and partner Comprehensive Community Solutions through the Eco-Advocates program, and Eco-Advocates played an important role in the Kent Creek restoration project.


AOLC Urban Farm Educator Katie Townsend and Eco-Advocate Jovon Garrett were asked to accept the award due to their integral role in the projects. View the video!


Jovon Garrett is an emerging leader from the Eco-Advocates program. He represents the young adults ages 17-25 whose lives are being transformed by the program.  Eco-Advocates work toward their GED while working in an organic urban agriculture business that sells vegetables and value-added products at area farmers markets, farm stands, and restaurants in Rockford, and provides leadership and education to younger youth. The Eco-Advocates worked with the Rockford Park District this year to give tours of our organic gardens to over 200 school children. Congratulations to Jovon and all the Eco-Advocates.  The Learning Center congratulates Tinker Swiss, Comprehensive Community Solutions and all of our partners for this great honor!


A special thank you to all of the partners who suppored this project including our generous sponsor, the Rockford Park District, and the Winnebago County Master Naturalists, the Natural Land Institute, Severson Dells, and Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter.