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Blog Archive: November 2010

 

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In honor of the passing of Ms. Juanita, I am posting this photo of the beloved bird and Adam Spaulding-Astudillo, our very own 'chicken whisperer'.  For more info on Juanita, see the blog post link below. 

Thank you Juanita and Adam!

Warmly, Tom Spaulding

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For a moment you could have gotten Easter and Thanksgiving confused this past weekend at the Learning Center. “I found an egg!” a third-grade Girl Scout exclaimed excitedly. Together I was with a group of 12 girls and a handful of parents as they were meeting and learning about chickens and their role on farms and in our food processes. Their excitement heightened when they found out that they could hold or pet the chickens, something many explained to me that they had never had the opportunity to do before.

 

Girls from second to seventh grade gathered around tables...

The Southwest Rockford Community Gardens, a Urban Initiative: Roots & Wings (Rockford) sponsored project, celebrated it's first Harvest celebration on October 29, 2010. The Rockford Register Star newspaper and WREX/Channel 13 news were both on hand to witness the youth reflect honestly and thoughtfully on their urban initiative experience.

Youth Leaders working on invites

 

The Youth Leaders of Roots & Wings would like to remind all that will be attending our annual Harvest Celebration on this Friday, November 19, 2010 from 5:30-8pm.

The Youth Leaders look forward to hosting you all and have planned many fun and informative events. We would also like to remind all to bring a dish for our potluck! The Youth Leaders themselves are preparing pies, cheesy potatoes, and other goodies.

The celebration will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 North Court Street in Rockford.         

Please see the attached ...

Dear friends:

If you haven't seen all the hubbub about Walmart's global sustainability initiative announced on Oct. 14th, check these out:

http://walmartstores.com/Video/?id=1225

http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10376.aspx

I met one of the consultants working with Walmart HQ on this initiative when I was in Europe last year on tour of Biodynamic farms with farmer John.  I realized I had met this consultant back at the Earth Summit in 1992 in Brazil.  I like him and he is very sharp and creative.  He was convinced that Walmart was going to take a leap ahead of many nonprofits and governments...

One of the Learning Center's Farmer Training Field Days at Sandhill Organics Farm in Grayslake, IL

The Learning Center's Tracey Hall was recently featured on The Mike Nowak Show "Good Growing: So you wanna be a farmer, eh?" to talk about a Learning Center course called "Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden."

On October 29, Learning Center partner South West Rockford Community Garden Partnership held a Fall Harvest Celebration, to commemmorate a successful first year and the development of five new community gardens providing fresh food and community for Rockford residents.

 

The event was featured in the Rockford Register Star, and WREX Channel 13 News. The gardens are the result of a new program called Eco-Advocates, developed by Comprehensive Community Solutions and the Learning Center to provide GED and job readiness training for youth ages 18-25. Angelic Organics...

Thank You for Being a Hen: Chicken enthusiasts take roost in Chicago.

Journalist Nic Halverson quotes the Learning Center's Chicago Urban Initiative Program Director Martha Boyd and the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts in the recent cover story, "Thank You for Being a Hen," for Mindful Metropolis. 

 

"Riding high on the momentum of the local food movement’s ascent from the fringes into a more mainstream public consciousness, in the last few years, the renaissance of urban agriculture has cities nationwide revisiting old ordinances and drafting new laws to allow for small-scale backyard chicken keeping." writes Halverson.

The article provides an overview of the ...