The summer harvest of vegetables grown by Rockford youth at Blackhawk Courts Farm and the Youth Farm at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is approaching with many of these vegetables going to support the Roots & Wings Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The Roots & Wings network was launched in 2002 and is coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center.
The network is committed to community and youth development through urban agriculture.
Their Youth Leader program educates Rockford youth (ages 12-18) to become leaders, the Youth Leaders then teach younger kids about farming and food.
The program also increases job skills through community-based urban farming and business training.
The Roots & Wings Community Support Agriculture program is hoping to sign-up 25 shareholders before June 22.
CSA customers, referred to as shareholders, buy a share of the farm’s harvest, assuring fresh produce for the buyer and sustainable income for the farm.
“It is both encouraging and exciting to work with the youth year after year, watching them grow and mature into productive leaders in their communities,” said Tedd Snowden, Roots & Wings
Market Manager. “Their commitment to the work is demonstrated through their productivity and enthusiasm.”
The Roots & Wings CSA provides shareholders with organic, healthy vegetables every Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning June 24 and lasting until August 26.
Vegetable offerings change each week and shares also include the occasional cut of fresh flowers, herbs and even melons at the end of the season.
Local, farm-raised honey is available for a small add-on fee.
Shareholders choose to pickup shares every week with a Premium Share for a cost of $360, or every other week with a Half Share for $180, pickup is available at Blackhawk Courts Farm, 15th Avenue & Meadow Ct., where you can see the team at work.
You can also donate weekly boxes to neighbors in need.
Businesses can receive delivery if they recruit more than 6 shareholders at their workplace.
“This investment is highly worth it,” said Snowden. “Not only to get fresh, tasty, clean vegetables, but also to support the youth in Rockford that make this happen.”
Visit learngrowconnect.org and click on ‘Rockford CSA’ to sign-up or donate shares to your neighbors.