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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. The goats greeted and grazed as children played, adults mingled, and everyone explored the beautiful grounds of our farm and learning center. 

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...

Organic farm, Angelic Organics, Angelic Organics Association, landtrust, Farmer John, Real Dirt on Farmer John

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.

Act Now to Lend Your Voice to the Strategic Direction of the Farmer Training Initiative
 
Angelic Organics Learning Center is shaping its next 3-year strategic plan for the years 2016-2018, and we would be grateful if you would share any insights you may have about our mission and programs as well as the changing landscape of the food and farm system that impacts our work.
 
The objectives for this feedback are to gather input regarding

1) the Learning Center Farmer Training Initiative's current mission and programs; and

2) possible future strategic directions for it.
 
Farmer Training's...

It was the winter of 2002 when Sally Sommers opened her first newsletter from Angelic Organics Learning Center at her home in Villa Park. She was intrigued by the on-farm workshops and thought it might be the perfect location for her annual family reunion. She called Tom Spaulding, executive director and co-founder of the Learning Center. Tom obliged, and the Sommers family headed out to the farm!

The Learning Center is located on Angelic Organics Farm, a third generation farm located in Caledonia, Illinois, that is also home to one of the largest CSA...

Join the Young Professionals' Association of Angelic Organics Learning Center in the garden for a day of service.

We will start with a tour of the space, where volunteers will learn more about the history of the site, the practices utilized, and the programs offered to the community. This will be followed by the group completing garden tasks. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring your garden gloves (tools will be provided).

WhereEat to Live Englewood Urban Garden and...

Dave is one of our original on-farm educators! He teaches all kinds of groups at the farm, as well as running his own market garden with his partner, Cindy, who is also an on-farm educator. Read on to learn more about him!

We were so glad to welcome Katie Townsend to our on-farm educator team this spring! Learn more about Katie's background in outdoor education and the Learning Center below.

Peter Seely, Springdale Farm, CRAFT

Winter briefly returned with cold winds and snow flurries for our past Field Day, but that did not stop fifteen CRAFT farmers from visiting Springdale Farm in Plymouth, WI, to learn about tools and machinery from farmer Peter Seely.

Peter Seely, Springdale Farm, CRAFT Bernadette and Peter Seely started Springdale farm in 1988 after spending a number of years together in Holland. Before leaving Europe, they packed several shipping containers with tools and machinery (including some seldom-seen items such as a leek lifter and a steerage hoe) to commence an almost thirty-year process of constant experimentation. Peter says that “equipment...

Wild edibles, wild crafting, Angelic Organics Learning Center

Our Summer/Fall 2015 Let's Grow Calendar and Newsletter is at the printer, but you can get a sneak peak of it now! We are excited to offer many of our favorite classes again this year - like Cheesemaking and Animal Day for Families - but we also have many brand new offerings!

Unfortunately, bird flu is in the news again..and it's a serious concern for all poultry owners in the Mississippi Flyway, which includes Illinois. A strain of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), variant H5N2, has been discovered in numerous Midwestern states within the past month or so. This virus has not been transmitted to people or entered the food supply, but literally millions of chickens and turkeys have already died or been euthanized due to this disease. It has affected both large commercial operations and small backyard flocks, so it's time for every poultry owner in Illinois to take precautions and begin...

Zoe is one of our newest on-farm educators, and she is next up in our series "The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators." Thanks to our Duffy intern Lauren Strug for putting this series together! Read on to learn more about Zoe!

This post is the next one in our series "The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators", which was created by our Duffy Community Partnerships intern Lauren Strug to help the world get to know our On-Farm Educators. Read on the learn more about Neddy Astudillo, who is one of the co-founders of the Learning Center, as well as an On-Farm Educator.

Creeping Charlie and henbit are two kinds of “ground ivy” in the mint family, with bad reputations for taking over lawns and gardens with their spreading stems. BUT they are also some of the earliest food sources for spring pollinators and beneficial insect predators looking for nectar. AND when you sit quietly and look closely, their flowers are delicate and gorgeous miniature trumpets, offering welcome color before most other plants have started to green up from winter.

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