Transforming Rockford with urban agriculture

Online Staff Report

Local residents can support farm businesses based right here in Rockford, with food grown by youth and adults from the community. Roots & Wings Youth Leaders are offering 10-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of fresh, local produce. In addition to the 10 free shares given to area seniors each year, shares are also available to the public. In a CSA, the consumer prepays for a share of the seasonal fruit, vegetable, and herb harvest, which is offered weekly from June 25 through Aug. 27, 2014. This locally-grown produce is available in full or half shares at a sliding scale. The sliding scale allows those members who can afford to pay more to help support others who can only pay the minimum. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Tedd Snowden, market manager, at or (815) 243-0403.

The cost of the Full Vegetable Share Price is $180-$300 and the Half Vegetable Share Price is $90-$150.

Pick-up location and time — at the farm stand, 330 15th Ave., Rockford, from 4 to 6 p.m. Every Tuesday. At the farm: Blackhawk Courts, at 15th Avenue and Meadow Court (behind Vietnamese Buddhist Temple) in Rockford from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday.

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

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.

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

Roots & Wings current projects in Rockford include the Blackhawk Courts Farm and Garden and the Youth Farm at Tinker Swiss Cottage. Youth Leaders made a video of their Cares and Shares Program, which can be viewed on Angelic Organics Learning Center’s website:

Posted June 18, 2014

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