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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!

Applications still available for the 2015-16 Stateline Farm Beginnings! Check out our FANTASTIC new video and learn more about the course, as well as its impact on graduates...

We are sad to report that our beloved draft horse Babe passed away this past weekend on Farmer John's birthday. She was surrounded by people who loved her and the farm that sustained her. At 32 years, she was ancient by horse standards.

By Donovin Lewis, Debora St.Fluerose & Ketura St.Fleurose

During the summer of 2015 there was an adventure quest to the City of Dubuque 1st Annual Sustainability Fair. The adventurers included three Youth Apprentices…

By Bill Ladd-Cawthorne

It was a beautiful day to talk about soil fertility on Tuesday, August 11, at Sandhill Family Farms in Grayslake and Radical Root Farm in Libertyville, IL...

There was a magical feeling on Angelic Organics farm this past Saturday, July 25. The sun glistened on crops and brightly colored buildings as supporters, shareholders, farmers, and new friends gathered for a celebration of local food systems...

By Bill Ladd-Cawthorne

About a dozen Upper Midwest CRAFT farmers arrived for a field day at Natural Farm Stand in Richmond, IL, on Sunday, July 12. Natural Farm Stand is owned and operated by Sue and Gary Gauger on the farmland that Gary’s grandfather bought in 1923...

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By Tom Spaulding, Executive Director

Just before the Shareholder Open House on Saturday, July 18 we held a brief reception and recognition for the outgoing members of the Angelic Organics North LLC. In November 2014, the torch was passed to an incoming group of families in cooperation with the newly formed Angelic Organics Association, a community land trust dedicated to protecting the land in perpetuity for organic/Biodynamic agriculture, farming education and land conservation.

In 1998, 27 families, mostly shareholders of Angelic Organics CSA farm, combined their resources and purchased 39.25 acres of farmland adjacent to Angelic Organics CSA...

This post originally appeared on the Biodynamics Association blog.

By guest blogger Erin Schneider

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air is softer and the morning more fragrant than ever again. — Elizabeth Lawrence

This May I had the good fortune to accompany the third grade class from Prairie Hill Waldorf School on an overnight farm trip to Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, IL. The trip was the culmination of a year spent expanding their knowledge of the earth and the role that plants, animals, and humans serve...

Bless the spirit that makes connections,

for truly we live in what we imagine.

Clocks move alongside our real life

with steps that are ever the same.

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