Roots and Wings| animals, food, kids
After volunteering for a day on the farm at Angelic Organics, I extended my stay in Illinois so I could get a little more insight into the wide variety of farm-based educational programming they offer at the Learning Center. It just so happened that the week I visited was “fun week” for the Rockford kids who are part of the “Roots and Wings” program. As a reward for all their hard work over the summer growing food for their local community, they planned a whole week full of field trips and events. On Wednesday I got to see them finish up their last CSA harvest from the beautiful gardens at the Tinker Swiss Cottage before they took a field trip to learn about aquaponics. On Thursday, I joined them for a field trip out at the “big farm” where they were eager to meet the animals and prepare their own lunch: salad they harvested from the fields themselves and calzones baked in the learning center’s beautiful earthen oven. They even made their 0wn cheese!
I was so impressed with everything they have going on at this place. The staff are so knowledgeable, kind, energetic and hospitable. I hope I get to go back sometime, for a longer visit.