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The weather vane on top of the cupola of the timber frame barn here at the Learning Center does not sport the common farm animals, like roosters or pigs. This particular weathervane is adorned with dolphins.

We in the On-Farm Initiative are so excited about a special course we're offering at the end of this summer. For the first time, we're hosting a 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate class. We hope that this unique, intensive course will inspire and equipment students with all kinds of skills and knowledge for taking care of the earth and creating healthy, resilient food systems. (You can register here!)

We're welcoming Wayne Weiseman of the Permaculture Project to the farm as our instructor. To get to know him a bit better, we asked him some questions about his...

When I received a text at 2:41 PM saying Nike was in labor, I was sad that we were going to miss the birth of yet another baby goat! Little did I know that we would do more than witness the miracle of a birth, but assist in a complicated delivery.

Look who arrived with the spring weather!

See why Angelic Organics Learning Center is one of the region's favorite spots for memorable and educational field trips!

This time of year, friends who are familiar with Angelic Organics farm might be wondering: What is the farm like during the winter?

As I drove into the farm today, past craggy piles up on either side of the driveway, it was remarkably still. Especially compared to how it feels during the height of the growing season - hands harvesting, machines moving, kids playing - it is quiet on the farm this time of year.

But there is always life on the farm and there is always work to be done. Our dedicated crew keeps the livestock fed and watered....

Imagine this scenario: as you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with your family, you begin to realize that each dish has a story.* Perhaps it’s a story about the farmer who grew your mashed potatoes or the friend who gave you his cranberry sauce recipe.

Now imagine: your kids made half the dishes on your Thanksgiving table - so they’re the ones leading the storytelling. They’re sharing tips for proofing yeast and laughing about how they almost spilled the filling as they put the pumpkin pie...

By Liz Whitehurst, Program Director, On Farm Initiative

 

Dave Kostka is one of our original On-Farm Educators. When he is on the farm, you're likely to find him identifying insects or sharing his expansive knowledge of nature and agriculture through jokes and stories. When he isn't on the farm, you'll likely find him at his own market garden, where he grows tomatoes, herbs, corn, and more for a farmer's market.

One of his favorite things to grow is corn: not the genetically modified stuff that many farmers in our area grow, but heritage varieties. Besides sweet corn and popcorn,...

By Rosana Thompson, parent

Owner of Chai Town Tea

Tears streamed down her face as she grieved that “Banana”, the baby goat she helped name, would not be little when they would return the following year to goat camp. Never in my wildest parenting dreams did I see this coming. Both of my little girls had fallen in love with farm animals, an attachment almost as strong as the one I feel for them. During the three days, the girls collected chicken eggs, made deviled eggs and corn bread from fresh ingredients, cooperated with other children from Chicagoland and...

This fall, we’re offering extra sessions of some of our most popular programs: Winemaking! Animal Day! Plus, we're adding new stuff: cheesemaking for kids and a yoga mini-retreat for the Equinox!


In other words, we have an awesome fall season planned and we want you to be a part of it. If you haven't signed up for fall programs yet, do it now!

Read on to learn more about what we just added.

Animal Day for Families: Saturday, September 14, 10 AM - 3 PM, $20. This class is so popular, we added an extra...

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