Sign up for News & Updates

Blog Archive: February 2011

AOLC volunteer beekeepers

Photo of AOLC beekeepers courtesy of John Lodder.

Heidi is one of five dedicated volunteers who make up the Learning Center’s beekeeping team, and tend our beehives weekly at our urban farmstead in Woodlawn at 6400 S. Kimbark. You can learn more about our bees and how to start your own hive at our upcoming Beekeeping workshop on March 26. Heidi was interviewed by AOLC Grants Coordinator Laura Wetter.


Q. When and how did you first become interested in beekeeping?

Heidi: My curiosity was piqued (like many others) when Colony Collapse Disorder made the news....

Farm Beginnings Class of 2011

By: AOLC Grants Coordinator Laura Wetter

Each winter, the Learning Center offers Stateline Farm Beginnings, a year-long training program that helps beginning and transitioning farmers develop a vision and whole farm plan for their emerging farm business under the guidance of leading sustainable agriculture growers.

On Saturday, February 19, Stateline Farm Beginnings held the final session of the nine-seminar business planning course portion of the program. Since October, Stateline Farm Beginnings students have spent Saturday mornings and afternoons learning from experienced farmers and the Learning Center staff about the practical aspects of farming, and refining their visions...

Dea Dia Organics, owned and operated by Stateline Farm Beginnings graduates and Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) member farmers Jeff and Jen Miller, was featured in Medill Reports in late 2010, in an article accompanied by a video interview.

"We knew we wanted to have our own business, a business that my wife and I could own and operate," said (Jeff) Miller. "We thought, if we could pick anything and leave money aside, farming was the one thing we kept coming back to."

The Millers have been able to start...