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By Katie Townsend, Program Director at Angelic Organics Learning Center

Rounding the corner from the garden I heard what everyone else knew. A scream. A wail. Mourning that accompanies the death of a loved one. The foreign sound came from a cat on the stoop of an apartment near the Buddy House, our meeting place at Blackhawk Courts...

By guest blogger, Bob Gorman

Today, urban environments comprise limited ground garden space, leading to unimaginable difficulties when it comes to gardening. A rooftop garden is arguably the most suitable option to enjoy all the virtues offered by outdoor spaces and gardening, particularly when the available land is limited....

By Shelbie Blank, Farmer Training Program Manager

My Mom, Caren, and I were driving along the Illinois and Wisconsin border when it started pouring. We were en route to Grassroots Farm in Monroe, WI to learn about Lindsey Morris Carpenter’s farm. This was my first CRAFT field day since I moved back from Arizona and I was really excited to get back...

All things farm-labor related were discussed at LotFotL Community Farm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016. The small group of 7 CRAFT members joined Tim Huth, owner of LotFotL and farmer of 10 years, to hash out many workforce issues of the day. What ensued was a very informal, wide ranging discussion. Some of the notable topics brought up included legalities in hiring and firing workers, strategies in finding good help, 4 season employee retention, prevailing wage considerations, and many other things of this nature. With most of the attendees being newer or brand new farmers, a lot of the discussion...

Earth Day 2016 is officially recognized on April 22, but we're celebrating with one solid month of growing workshops for all ages! Angelic Organics Learning Center is located on Angelic Organics farm – one of the largest and oldest biodynamic, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms in the country! We sit on 186 acres of majestic land, roughly 90 miles from Chicago, 75 miles from Milwaukee, 60 miles from Madison, 35 miles from Lake Geneva, 20 miles from Rockford and 10 miles from Beloit. All workshops occur at 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia, IL 61011. ...


Routes2Farm.org presented award at Good Food Festival & Conference, Chicago

The 12th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference brought farmers, chefs, educators, legislators, entrepreneurs, and consumers together at UIC Forum, March 24-26, 2016. It also hosted the 4th Annual Beginning Farmer of the Year award presentation on March 25. Originated by the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance, this award is now presented by Routes to Farm, a new project led by Angelic Organics Learning Center that connects both new and established farmers to farmer-vetted resources that help grow their businesses in the local and sustainable...

Hi I’m Yatte Moore!
I’m the Farm Manager for the Roots & Wings Farm and Garden in Blackhawk Courts, Rockford IL. I've been farming for three years and I have learned how to properly grow organic vegetables, as well as the importance of healthy eating and...

Eat healthy, support Rockford youth by joining Roots & Wings CSA!

The Roots & Wings Network of Angelic Organics Learning Center is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on Friday, February 26th. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2016 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

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Written by Program Director, Deb Crockett

As we begin 2016, some of our valued staff members and friends have moved on to new ventures. Others remain a part of our team, but have assumed new roles. We’d like our friends and partners to know about these changes at Angelic Organics Learning Center. 

Liz Whitehurst (our On-farm Program Director) and Spencer Ellsworth (our Urban Farm Manager in Rockford) moved back to the Washington, DC area to start Owl’s Nest Farm, a cooperative CSA farm. They’re sad to leave the farm community at AOLC, but excited about this new adventure. Check out...

Angelic Organics Learning Center became a trustee on Kiva Zip in 2015. Kiva Zip is an online platform that helps small businesses acquire 0% interest loans from a pool of donors across the country. We’d love to share the follow-up story of Three Sisters Community Farm. We are also currently looking for farm businesses to endorse on Kiva Zip in 2016.

Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance launched the Beginning Farmer of the Year in 2013 in order to celebrate and promote new sustainable farmers. The winner of this award then honors an experienced farmer (the Mentor Farmer of the Year) who generously mentored them. These awards are now sponsored by Routes to Farm and the farmer alliances of the greater Chicago foodshed. Winners get cash, recognition at Good Food Festival, and more! Nominations are due by January 31st!

farm tour

Today's blog post was written by Diana Zak, who visited the farm this October. Thanks to Diana for telling her story! 

I wanted to reach out and say how much my husband and I enjoyed the tour you gave to our SUST230 Food class from Roosevelt University. Both of us think the farm is simply wonderful and inspiring, so much so that we purchased a 1/2 CSA for next year and are entertaining attending the Valentine's Day dinner.

farm tourI have learned a great deal over...

Unseasonably high temperatures have made for lovely weather. You may also see bees, which unbeknownst to many, can stay alive year-round. Program Director, Deb Crockett, wrote this delightful & informative post about how to approach a feral bee colony, should you encounter one...

John and Lisa bought their 5-acre farm 19 years ago for $123,000. Before that, they were working for an advertising agency in downtown Chicago. They taught themselves to farm using books from the Rodale Institute and other resources, and by the fifth year they were selling vegetables for a profit. Their original goal was to be fossil fuel–free...

Our journey started early September 19. The Learning Center was one of many food & farm non-profits asked to set up shop in the “Homegrown Village” on Northerly Island. The prior week's rain made for muddy conditions, but the sun shone the entire time, as if to say...

Our first Weekend Wellness Retreat had a positive impact on both the attendees and the leaders. Read two of their stories....

Supporters from across Chicago and Illinois joined us on September 26 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Eat-to-Live Urban Incubator Farm in Englewood. It was a beautiful night filled with tours of ...

Angelic Organics's Kale

October 7th is National Kale Day!

Why celebrate kale? It is a delicious, awesome powerhouse of nutrients!
To help you celebrate National Kale Day, our staff shared some of our favorite kale recipes!

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