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Iris Moore, ceramic, compost, artist, ceramic art, #AngelicDinner

Iris Moore, ceramic, compost, artist, ceramic art, #AngelicDinner

When fine artist Iris Moore attended an artist's tour of the farm in May, she was immediately inspired.  Realizing that all the abundance from Angelic Organics begins in the compost, Iris took some casts of the compost piles.  She transformed the compost molds into beautiful ceramic plates symbolizing the complete cycle of compost to soil to food to plate and back again.  After falling in love with the farm, she wished to offer something in return.  Therefore, she...

Farmer John Peterson and Tom Spaulding

Farmer John Peterson and Tom SpauldingThe following are the remarks of Tom Spaulding shared at the 2013 Farm Dinner event.  Tom is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Learning Center.

Thank you for being here tonight to support the mission and programs of the Angelic Organics Learning Center and to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of our founding. I am so very grateful to each and every one of you, whether you are...

urban agriculture, urban garden, free library, Englewood, Eat to Live

By Martha Boyd, Program Director, Urban Initiative (Chicago)

Our Little Free Library was installed at the front of the Eat to Live Garden in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on July 18th!

On Day 1, we had some books on display - and already several borrowers, including neighbor and birthday girl, Shavanna, who picked out a book about sunflowers and then posed for a picture.

Our LFL was acquired through my former landlord Rick Brooks in Madison (thanks, Rick!) - to learn more about the worldwide LFL movement, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org

Eat to Live Englewood is a partnership...

Angelic Organics Learning Center, Hazzard Free Farm, organic watermelon

Angelic Organics Learning Center, Hazzard Free Farm, organic watermelonOn May 13th, a crew made up of residents from Blackhawk Courts, Eco Advocate participants, and the Rockford urban Learning Center staff headed out to Andy Hazzard’s farm to plant watermelon seeds for a future harvest. Andy is owner of Hazzard Free Farm located in Pecatonica, IL. In April, she participated in our Business Summit as a guest speaker and was eager to support the youth’s entrepreneurial efforts. As a result of her enthusiasm, we entered into an aggregation agreement whereby Andy offered some land at her farm for us to grow...

By Jessie Crow Mermel, On Farm Educator & Communications Coordinator

Sharing the love of the farm

If you were asked to choose a place you could take someone you love, whom would you choose and where would you go?  8-year-old Amelia was asked that question at school last year.  Her beautiful response is pictured here.  Amelia would take her little cousin Jonah to Angelic Organics Learning Center. 

 

Jonah, who turns 3 this month, lives in Denver and loves animals, like Amelia.  Amelia doesn’t get to see...

urban garden, urban agriculture, youth garden, Rockford community garden

By Spencer Ellsworth, Urban Farm Manager, Roots & Wings

One fine June Thursday in Rockford, a group of people met early in the morning to talk about squash. 

“If we put them in the Northeast quadrant, they’ll be able to vine up the fence.”

“Plus, they’ll be farthest away from that fat groundhog.”  The groundhog had already come around, looking for a feast, despite the fence’s bottom edge having been sunk a foot into the earth. 

“Gotta dig the beds first, though.” 

“Good thing we have help today!”  This convention of strategic minds was the twice-weekly Blackhawk Courts Farm &...

Kindergarteners and first graders from Yale Elementary plant seeds in Englewood

By Martha Boyd, Program Director, Urban Initiative (Chicago)

This spring at Yale Elementary, Eat to Live provided enrichment activities in the classroom, after school program, and the Garden. Students related the Growth Cycle of plants with the parts we harvest and eat. They held red wrigglers from the food composting wormbin, and learned that worms have 5 hearts (don’t cut them in half)!  They tasted self-sown lettuce and lambsquarters (wild spinach), and learned to prepare healthy recipes. By mid-June, students and Garden volunteers planted half the Garden with tomatillos, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, summer squash, and cucumbers. Deborah...

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. ...

Neddy receiving her doctorate at Drew University

Fifteen years ago, Neddy Astudillo and her husband Tom Spaulding, Executive Director of AOLC, founded the Learning Center with help from John Peterson and a handful of other Angelic Organics shareholders.  Neddy and Tom were the Learning Center’s first On-Farm Educators.  We chose to highlight Neddy this month for the Web of Interconnections because she had such a strong founding role in our organization and because we are so proud of her for recently getting her Doctorate of Ministry in Ecotheology!  We recently spoke with her about her life’s work and the birth of the Learning Center.  

AOLC: When was...

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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