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Photo Contest at Angelic Organics Farm

Whether the focus is the Technicolor farm buildings, the unique livestock, the textures of the veggie fields, the macro shots of blooming flowers or the sweeping, pastoral landscape, people love taking pictures at Angelic Organics Farm.  We know that people have captured a great deal of beauty on this farm over the years and that is why we are holding the 15th Anniversary Summer Farm Photo Contest! 

 

You are invited to submit your favorite photos of Angelic Organics farm or Angelic Organics Learning Center urban or farmer training program.  All submissions will be featured on our Facebook page. ...

Rockford kids winnowing freshly-ground farm-grown corn meal on the farm

May 20, 2013

Dear Staff of Angelic Organics Learning Center,

 

Thank you so much for providing our sixth graders with a fantastic learning experience on your farm.  They came away so excited (and so tired!), and they truly enjoyed their time. There were even some who were not initially looking forward to the trip that ultimately decided they had fun, and there were others who did not want to leave!


I appreciate that you were able to be flexible with your programming to meet our curricular needs.  Linking the farm trip to our curriculum, including the...

Percheron, draft, horse, Angelic Organics, organic, plow, AOLC, Tom Spaulding

By Jessie & Randy Mermel, On-Farm Educators

Babe is one of our most gracious farm hosts.  She happily obliges visiting children to brush and pet her as she stands there, eyelids heavy with the pleasure of attention.    For many children who visit the farm, Babe is the first horse they have ever touched.  Her affectionate nature helps ease any apprehension about her massive size.  Naturally, she is one of the most popular animals on our farm.

We celebrate Babe, our lovely black Percheron horse, this month as she turns 30 on May 14th!  30 is an advanced age for...

Whole Tree Architecture at Angelic Organics Learning Center

By Jessie Crow Mermel, On Farm Educator & Communications Coordinator

“Design will save the world” is the tagline for Inhabitat.com, a website dedicated to featuring green design projects around the world.  Yesterday, Angelic Organics Learning Center’s whole tree architecture and sustainable building features were highlighted on Inhabitat.com in a piece by San Francisco-based writer and photographer Mark Boyer.

Boyer’s article and accompanying photo gallery illustrate the convergence of the structural and aesthetic innovation that architect Roald Gundersen of WholeTrees Architecture & Structure employed on the buildings of the Learning Center.  Gundersen has a knack for collaborating...

Chicken Tractor at Angelic Organics Learning Center Farm

By Randy Mermel and Jessie Crow Mermel, On Farm Educators

When giving farm tours, we are faced with the challenge of encapsulating the complexity of Biodynamics into a palatable bite-size portion.  Biodynamic Agriculture, the brainchild of Rudolf Steiner (also the creator of Waldorf Education), is the philosophy and practice of our partner farm, Angelic Organics. 

For the general public, we choose to focus on the Biodynamic tenet of the farm as an organism.  Like a body composed of several organs working together for life to exist, a healthy farm system is composed of several...

Goat with newborn kids on the farm

by Nellie Conover-Crockett, Livestock Assistant, age 13

Although spring doesn't seem to be coming, things are already starting up at Angelic Organics Learning Center. Farmers are planting seeds in the greenhouse, baby chicks have arrived, and most importantly, goats have started to have their babies.

Last fall, in October, 8 goats were bred to have their babies in March and April. There were no babies in the first part of March but late on the night of March 17th, Sugar had her baby. Sugar had one girl, or doeling, who was named Blanquita, or "Little White One" in Spanish. Blanquita...

Choosing a CSA farm is somewhat like dating – there are as many personalities of farms as there are personalities of people.  Part of the beauty of CSAs  (short for Community Supported Agriculture) is that they offer more than just food – they offer a relationship, a chance to connect with your food and be part of the farm community.  Yet, CSA-shareholder pairings don’t always work out.  It is important to find one that clicks with your personality and needs.

Fortunately, The Local Beet has done all the footwork for you.  Their new 2013 CSA guide offers a...

Farm and Learning Center Staff working on Kickstarter campaign.

Although we raised $39,000 and gained 600 backers, ultimately we did not reach our goal in our initial attempt at crowdfunding, with our “Barns Are For People, Too” Kickstarter campaign. The purpose of our Kickstarter campaign was to raise money for repairs on the barns on the farm and to install stairs, lighting, and safety features so that we can safely and warmly welcome larger groups on the farm to learn, grow and connect.  While building community was the desired outcome of our Kickstarter campaign, community building naturally developed in interesting ways simply by working on the...

This week, Liz Whitehurst joins the Angelic Organics Learning Center team as the new On-Farm Initiative Program Director. Former Program Director Deb Crockett will now serve as AOLC's Senior Program Director, providing oversight for all of the Learning Center's initiatives. She'll be more present in Rockford and Chicago in particular, as each of those program areas are expanding. Deb will still be teaching yoga at the farm, doing beekeeping with groups, and coaching Liz as she steps into her job. Deb and Liz will be sending out notice to partners this week to clarify the transition in roles. We are...

Lexicon of Sustainability:  Farmer John

Unless we are outside traversing a nature trail, we are continually inundated with words and images.  These messages point the way, give directions, attempt to sell products or ideas, tell stories, and inspire us.  Artist Douglas Gayeton understands the power of images and words to help us understand, inspire us, and give us direction.  He recognizes that in order to work toward sustainability in the world, people need to understand what sustainable words mean; that people need a Lexicon of Sustainability.

He and his wife Laura Howard Gayeton set out on a three-year journey across...

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