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Blog Archive: March 2011

Myles and Myles

Learning Center day-camper Myles (pictured above) turned 8 this week, and received an unusual birthday present: a newborn goat as a namesake! 


Spring is kidding season at the Learning Center, and on March 23, our first three baby goats were born during our popular Kids with Kids daycamp! The camp group present on the day of a goat birth gets the priviledge of naming the new kids.

Program Director Deb Crockett reports that everyone was a bit disappointed after the first day of camp, as none of the goats had given birth yet. "But this morning, when...


It’s emerging! A youth-led urban agriculture hub in Southwest Rockford, IL. A hoop house, built by over 30 Rockford youth, is up and is being prepped for its first season of production.

The 2011 plans for cultivation and growth of over 6 urban agriculture sites are being developed by 3 contributing organizations. These plans even include youth owned micro-enterprises; Rockford truly has amazing youth with great ideas!

FamilyFarmed EXPO

Join us at the FamilyFarmed Expo March 17-19 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The EXPO is a three day conference, trade show and food festival for farmers, businesses, individuals and families. The event is sponsored by, whose mission is to expand the production, marketing, and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.

Throughout the three-day event, Learning Center staff, partners, and John Peterson, farmer and founder of our farm partner ...