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Next week, we celebrate Thanksgiving; we gather with our friends and family around the bounty of the harvest, and express gratitude for our relationships and our communities.  For many of us, this holiday will feature the fresh foods grown by our very own, local, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers!

Let’s make sure that our gratitude extends to our farmers in very real and tangible ways.   Every day these farmers face changing markets, changing climate, and a changing culture that often favors convenience over relationships. 

I challenge you this year to find a fresh and deeper way...

Karolina Kowalczyk grew up in a small town in Poland where most people around her “farmed, kept livestock, and were self-sufficient,” which created a sense of community. It was this environment that gave her a love of growing food to share with other people. Karolina began her farm dream by taking Angelic Organics Learning Center’s yearlong farm business planning course, Stateline Farm Beginnings (SFB). She graduates from the program next month and has been working hard to make her farm dream a reality —  working nearly fourteen hours a day, seven days a week.

Her farm...

Angelic Organics Learning Center Scottish Highland Cattle

“Come on cows!”   More than a few dozen youth and adults – some campers and parents, some staff, some volunteers – formed a chorus of calls for the herd of Scottish Highland cattle to move, for the first time, from the pastures on south campus at Angelic Organics Association to the north campus we call Kinnikinnick Fields, 80-acres of remnant, and degraded, oak savannah.  It will be the cows’ primary task to help restore this land.

Historically, this region was a vast oak savannah whose profound fertility was built up over many centuries in great...

I drive out to a remote part of the City of Beloit, Wisconsin one breezy summer evening to talk to Ben and Meghan Snare. I walk into their house—a renovated farm house—and begin setting up my gear while they get their children ready for bed. We sit down at their kitchen table, the warm glow of a cloudy sunset pouring into their home.

Despite growing up around farms, they didn’t have much experience in farming; in fact both went on to take full-time jobs in the tech industry located in the suburbs of...

We said goodbye last week to another dear friend and colleague:  Rick Jensen, our accountant for the past two years, passed away Friday morning after a short illness. 

When I think of Rick, I think of his desire to serve, and his willingness to step up to help with what needed to be done, from fixing the door to researching a complex accounting task.  Rick would arrive to work early so he could focus while it was still quiet, with a background of light jazz playing on his computer. He’d tolerate meetings and discussions, but...

Ruth GFA

Dear friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Ruth Fairchild after a car accident.  Ruth was a true visionary, disciple, mentor, friend, and warrior who served as a leader and partner in the Learning Center’s work over the past decade. The following is an excerpt from our nomination of Ruth for Rockford’s 2017 Excalibur Award; it captures just a taste of her indomitable spirit and her impact on individuals and the broader community.  

Ruth Fairchild first called me in...

Pasqua, one of our Scottish Highland cattle, gave birth on Tuesday night to a large, stillborn calf. Traumatized by her loss, a long labor, and damaged nerves, she lay listless in the pasture. Our staff brought water, grain, and encouragement, but the real gift for Pasqua came from the third graders at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, who spontaneously sang choral music to soothe and comfort her.  

Spring is the time of year when many Waldorf schools bring their third graders to our farm to experience farm life....

Bat Mitzvah at Angelic Organics Lodge

Still on a high from our wonderful experience at Angelic Organics Learning Center! We couldn't have wished for a more comprehensive, informative, exciting, loving, and joyful journey. Noa was over the moon and hasn't stopped talking about the farm, and of course, the baby goats, to anyone who will listen! I believe that her time at the farm may have changed the course of her life. She is a passionate animal lover and I feel that now she is clear that working to support the welfare and wholistic care of animals, and her interest in living a farm life has...


Dear Friends of Angelic Organics Learning Center,

As we enter 2018, we are grateful for your support and the support from our community of friends, partners, and funders who made this year’s success possible.  We are inspired by the thousands of people -- farmers and eaters -- who participated in our programs and learned new skills to help them grow, get, and eat good food.  Together, we are building a local sustainable food and farm system. 

We are thrilled to announce two leadership changes in the Angelic Organics family effective February...

“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.

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