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The relationships of farmers and eaters in our local sustainable agriculture economy often starts on and/or is nurtured on the internet. The FCC is voting Dec. 14th on its proposal to repeal “net neutrality” and we are deeply concerned it will cause harm to hundreds of farmers and thousands of eaters we serve. Please call your representatives in Congress today!! In particular, small rural farm businesses and nonprofits like ours will be impacted if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to determine what content you view and what you can distribute and at what speed. Indeed,...

“We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.”  Irakli Loladze

As far back as the early 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, founder of Biodynamic Agriculture, suggested in his Agriculture Course that “a lot of things have diminished in their nutritive value,” partly due to the early adoption of chemical fertilizers.

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...

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...

Our journey started early September 19. The Learning Center was one of many food & farm non-profits asked to set up shop in the “Homegrown Village” on Northerly Island. The prior week's rain made for muddy conditions, but the sun shone the entire time, as if to say...

Brain Shobe, Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program & AOLC intern
Brian Shobe, a Duffy Intern from Beloit College who worked with us in our Rockford Roots & Wings youth gardens, was recently awarded a fellowship with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program.  The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. The fellowship is only offered to 20 people each year, making this quite a notable accomplishment!  We had the pleasure of talking to Brian recently and hearing about the ways his experience with AOLC helped him to learn, grow, and connect. 

 

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Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and the Learning Center's Martha Boyd help Little Village community residents work in an urban garden

Edible Chicago recently featured the Learning Center's partner, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in the article "Plants Sprout, Justice Served in Chicago's Little Village,"  by Terra Brockman. Located in South Lawndale (Little Village), LVEJO has developed three garden sites with assistance from the Learning Center. Providing technical assistance, project and budget planning, and funding for equipment and other garden supplies, the Learning Center has worked with LVEJO to help community residents grow, get, and eat good and healthy fresh food. Learning Center staff have been able to offer workshops to project leaders and...

AOLC Chicago Urban Initiative Program Director Martha Boyd weighs in on proposed Chicago zoning changes that would affect urban agriculture in a recent Chicago Tribune article, The city that grows: Officials, local farmers divided on new urban agricultre rules.

 

You can read also the proposed ordinance on the city's website. Stay tuned to our blog for further updates on the outcome of this debate.

 

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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...

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