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The public is invited to Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center for our first ever BioBlitz on Saturday, September 15.  Come join scientists, volunteers, artists and community members in assessing and interacting with the biodiversity and landscapes on the 70 acres known as Kinnikinnick Fields, which was purchased in March 2012 by Angelic Organics Learning Center.  Throughout the day, you’ll be invited to hike through the woods and wade in the creek, helping to sample and identify the plants and animals on the land.  Bring your own camera for special hikes led by photographers.  The day will close with...

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The Stateline Farm Beginnings® 8th year (2012-2013) application is now available! Apply before August 15th for the Early Bird Discount. Application deadline: September 1, 2012

 

Stateline Farm Beginnings® is a farmer-led training and support program designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Since 2005, graduates of the program have launched more than 40 new sustainable farms in our region!

The one-year Stateline Farm Beginnings® program has three components:

 

Winter course (October to March): nine business planning sessions that focus on goal-setting and planning  for profit.

 

Training events:...

Jovon Garrett (right) with Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey during the filming.

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Angelic Organics Learning Center was thrilled to be featured at the recent Green Living Projects Midwest Film Premiere event held on May 17, 2012 at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer. 

 

The event showcased 6 films on sustainability initiatives from around the globe, including a 7-minute short film about our urban agriculture work in Rockford. The film tells the story of AOLC participant Jovon Garrett, a 21-year-old man whose life has been transformed by participation in our Eco-Advocates program.

 

Green Living Projects is a film production company...

Mai and Maizy explore their new home, Highland Field
Tall fescue, alyce clover and dandylions attract the cows in Highland field

Did you know that grass-fed beef contains fewer calories, more heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and more nutrients than grain-fed beef?  And that animals raised in rotations on pastures have dramatically lower counts of bacterial pathogens that can harm human beings? 

 

Allowing cows to live on grass is also better for the environment. Cows and grass have symbiotic relationship that evolved over millions of years and the relationship benefits the animal, the plants, and the soil. Marginal sloped lands that would be highly erodible with other farming practices are perfect for permanent pastures and rotational grazing of livestock.  Grazing in...

The Learning Center is excited to announce we have completed the Save the 70 campaign, and have raised the funds needed to purchase the 70 acres of beautiful wild space and farmland known as Kinnikinnick Fields. We are both jubilant and sincerely grateful to the hundreds of supporters who contributed to Save the 70. Thank you! 

 

Now that the land has been purchased, our next step is to protect it under an agricultural conservation easement. In the coming months, we will determine which land trust organization will hold and monitor the easement. The easement will remove the land from...

First time goat mom, Esmay, gave birth on Sunday, March 18 to beautiful twins, a boy (white) and girl (brown). Nine more pregnant does wait in the goat yard, ready to give birth.

 

 

Join us for goat programs over the coming weeks to meet the twins, plus the other babies yet to be born. Programs include family Kidwatch (Saturday, March 24), our unique Kids with Kids Day Camps (March 26 to 28, April 2 to 4, and April 9 to 11), plus Get Your Goat, a workshop for potential goat owners. 

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...

 

Update: Applications are now closed for the 2011-2012 program. Please consider appying next year. Best of success to the new Stateline Farm Begginings® class!

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Previous Post: Applications for the 2011-2012 Stateline Farm Beginnings® program are open for submission.

 

  • Early Bird Discount available until August 15th
  • Application Deadline is September 1st

 

Stateline Farm Beginnings® is a farmer-led training and support program designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Apply Now!...

Maizy and baby calf

Our four year-old cow Maizy gave birth on Thursday, June 30th to a bull calf. Mom and baby are both doing well. We are taking suggestions for names now through July 31st.

 

Update: "Bisbi" has been named. Congratulations to the winner of the calf naming contest. We hope you enjoy your home made pie!

Farm Together Now

Angelic Organics Learning Center is one of twenty small farms across America featured in a new book, Farm Together Now: A Portrait of People, Places and Ideas for a New Food Movement by Amy Franceschini and Daniel Tucker. Farm Together Now explores the current state of grassroots farming in the U.S. The authors visited small farms across America, talking to farmers about their engagement in producing sustainable food, challenging public policy, and developing community organizing efforts. Angelic Organics Learning Center is featured under the heading “The Policy Shapers.” The profile describes the Learning Center’s educational programs and our...

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