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Scottish Highland Cows on a Biodynamic Farm, Angelic Organics

“Farms are the places where we negotiate our relationship with nature,” explained Tom Spaulding, the Learning Center’s co-founder and Executive Director at the Midwestern Ecology Symposium at the Janesville Muslim Dawa Circle this last week. Tom accompanied other distinguished speakers at the symposium, including his wife and Learning Center co-founder, Dr. Neddy Astudillo. Tom addressed the topic of Biodynamic farming at the symposium.

Biodynamic agriculture found its genesis in a series of agriculture lectures by the Austrian spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner, who also founded Waldorf education. The lectures were addressing...

Our Bee Friends are declining and need some champions. Honey bee populations are challenged like never before with a multitude of stressors. We need to support the honey bee and other wild bee populations with a more hospitable habitat - and more beekeepers! Angelic Organics Learning Center offers an Introduction to Beekeeping workshop (January 28th) each winter as a means of preparing new beekeepers for spring. Don’t think you have what it takes to keep a beehive? It might be more simple than you think...

Welcome Back, Tom Spaulding & Neddy Astudillo! Our Learning Center co-founders travelled to the Biodynamic Association's National Biodynamic Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico November 16-20, 2016, connecting with changemakers from within & beyond the biodynamic community. Neddy, an Eco-Theologian and pastor at Parroquia San José, presented at the workshop, Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy. The conference was the single largest Biodynamic conference ever held in the U.S.A. with more than 700 participants from more than 20 nations. Tom & Neddy also travelled to La Plazita Institute & urban farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Check out their amazing trip, impact and...

It's been a busy year for Angelic Organics Learning Center, including the man at the helm, our Executive Director, Tom Spaulding. In October, Tom travelled to Denver, Colorado to present at the Forum 2016: A Call for Leadership Action. The three-day event was sponsored by the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance - a global network of leaders, activists, thinkers and doers. 

“Farms are the places where human beings negotiate their relationship with the living Earth,” said Tom.  “It’s fundamental. Human civilizations formed around farms. History shows that if we don’t...

Kiva Zip has merged with Kiva, strengthening this financing opportunity for farmers that belong to the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer training alliance at...

Do you love Angelic Organics farm and the charming communities that surround it? Well then be our neighbor! There are local properties for sale, all less than a 5 minute walk from the farm...

Angelic Organics Learning Center is now accepting applications for the fourth year of its Farm Asset Builder program. Farmers who are accepted into Farm Asset Builder will receive a dollar-for-dollar match for every dollar saved up to $2,000. In addition, farmers will receive one-on-one technical assistance to develop their business...

This 12th class of Stateline Farm Beginnings wrapped up on Sunday, September 25 with a "graduation" ceremony and potluck. The rainy afternoon resolved into beautiful sunshine as graduates gave updates on their farm businesses and shared details from...

Hoophouse Build Roots & Wings Blackhawk Buddy House

Good things are growing in Rockford! Our Roots & Wings program now has hoophouses for year-round growing on Blackhawk Courts Farm & Garden. Check out our (national!) publicity and watch the video of the plastic going up! We also have photos from the Harvest Fest celebrating the new hoophouses!

Angelic Organics Learning Center is proud to announce that we are recipients of a three-year, $600,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Our project, which is a collaboration between the Learning Center and our partners at The Liberty Prairie Foundation, is one of only 37 nationwide to receive...

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...

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