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We share this portion of our Ally Statement with you, dear readers, in light of the recent display of racism, hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost loved ones and to all those injured, and our prayers go out to the whole nation as we look at our communities, systems, and organizations to ask...

Over the past two years, Cliff McConville, owner of All Grass Farms, has supported his employees in pursuing their farm dreams by sending them to Stateline Farm Beginnings. There they received the financial training and farm business planning he wishes he’d received when he was starting out as a farmer...

AJ Weis’ farm story begins at an early age. He grew up on his family’s farm, a conventional row crop farm in Burlington, WI, before attending University of Wisconsin-Madison...

It is a warm and windy June afternoon when I give Stateline Farm Beginnings graduate Vanessa Quiñones a call to learn her farm story. Vanessa started The Victory Garden Farm in Fredonia, WI after graduating from the Stateline Farm Beginnings program in the fall of 2015. She also balances an off-farm job as a massage therapist with farming the land she shares with......

Angelic Organics Learning Center's Roots & Wings CSA is preparing for our 4th harvest season beginning June 21st! Join this Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to get a 10-week share of fresh, organically grown produce. Youth and adult apprentices grow this produce while motivating, educating, and inspiring others to be leaders and role models in their community. Need another reason to join Roots & Wings CSA? Here are five...

By Jessie Crow Mermel

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The work of growing food for others offers many challenges, but rarely garnishes much in the way of recognition and acknowledgement. However, the work of two women farmers was celebrated at the recent Good Food Advocate Celebration on April 28, 2017. Andrea Hazzard, farmer and proprieter of Hazzard Free Farm and Ketura St. Fleurose, Roots & Wings Youth Leader, environmental activist, and high school student, were honored as the 2017 Good Food Advocates by Angelic Organics Learning Center. The award recognized the two women for their work in supporting the mission...

The 2017 season has begun and Upper Midwest CRAFT has already facilitated three successful field days! John Hendrickson’s topic of Managing for Profitability (with the added bonus of an equipment demonstration from Alabama-based Oggún Tractor) gathered 12 participants on...

Angelic Organics Lodge is currently under renovation with plans to open in July of 2017. The Lodge will offer overnight farm stays that immerse your head, heart and hands in the rhythms of our organic & biodynamic farm!

The Angelic Organics Learning Center board and staff team acknowledge the passing over the threshold by Denise R. Stennis on February 16, 2017. We celebrate her life and her many contributions, and we miss her terribly.

Happy National CSA Day!!! We have CSA discounts from Caledonia to Chicago to Rockford and beyond. Sign up for veggie shares, meat shares, seafood shares and more. Buy soon before special discounts expire!

On Wednesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 19th over 120 participants gathered at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Oglesby, IL for the Routes to Farm Summit, hosted by Routes to Farm, a project coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center. During those two days, farmers and local food advocates discussed the direct market issues many are facing and proposed action steps to come to solution and...

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!

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