Angelic Organics Learning Center was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner to Angelic Organics farm in 1999. Executive Director, Tom Spaulding, and his wife, Neddy Astudillo, joined forces with Biodynamic farmer, John Peterson, and a team of farmers/volunteers to establish a learning center that would foster a vibrant local food economy. Operating out of a renovated chicken coop, they offered workshops, coordinated the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer training alliance, and launched educational programs in Chicago and Rockford.
Angelic Organics Learning Center now reaches more than 5,000 people annually and has grown to include regionally recognized farmer training programs. Stateline Farm Beginnings has graduated nearly 250 new sustainable farmers, and Upper Midwest CRAFT now includes more than 80 sustainable farms. We now coordinate numerous urban growing, cooking and leadership programs in Rockford and Chicago. Our food + farm advocacy work helps transform local, state and federal policies. We continue to offer a variety of workshops, farm tours and customized programs for children, adults, schools and community groups on Angelic Organics farm.
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