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The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators: Deb


This post is part of an ongoing blog series - The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators - created by Lauren Strug, our Duffy Community Partnerships Intern from Beloit College. Although Deb’s primary work is overseeing all of our initiative as the Senior Program Director, she also leads on-farm programs. Keep reading to learn more about Deb!

How long have you worked at Angelic Organics?

I started in 2004, so I’m starting my twelfth year.

What experiences inform your work at the Learning Center?

I’m the owner of the first three legal chickens in Beloit, Wisconsin! The workshops I teach now are the chickens class and beekeeping class.  I have helped birth dozens of goats. As senior program director I have a supporting role in all of the Learning Center’s initiatives: Chicago and Rockford Urban initiative, Civic Engagement initiative, and the Farmer Training initiative. I was the program director of the on-farm initiative from 2004 to February 2013.

What classes do you teach?

This season I’m teaching Count your Chickens and Introduction to Beekeeping. I have also taught cheesemaking and organic gardening classes.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I’m a certified yoga instructor. Sometimes we do yoga here!

Favorite thing to grow and/or eat? Favorite farm animal?

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My favorite thing to grow is garlic because you get to plant it in the Fall and harvest it in early Summer. My favorite farm animal - that’s really hard! I would say it’s the honey bees... It depends on what kind of favorite. I’d rather cuddle with a goat than a honey bee, but I think they’re fascinating.

What has been your most rewarding teaching experience at the farm?

Well, there’s no like one answer to that. It’s probably when a goat gives birth and a group is there. Or opening up the beehive and getting to see the honey bees at work. Or any kind of experience where people get to do field to table cooking experiences and try a new food that they’ve never had or learn a new skill that they haven’t had.

Deb is our instructor for Count Your Chickens, a class all about how to raise your own backyard chickens. It’s happening on March 14, 2015 from 9am-12pm. Learn more and register here.