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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...

You don't need to wait for CSA Day. Check out our partner discounts and sign up today!

National CSA Day is February 23, 2018. Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs, are just that. You, the community member, buys a share of agricultural product. When you buy early in the year, it helps the farmer (or fisherman) invest in the production season. Thus, discounts that encourage sign-ups are plentiful this time of year!

Angelic Organics Learning Center's Roots & Wings CSA is preparing for our 4th harvest season beginning June 21st! Join this Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to get a 10-week share of fresh, organically grown produce. Youth and adult apprentices grow this produce while motivating, educating, and inspiring others to be leaders and role models in their community. Need another reason to join Roots & Wings CSA? Here are five...

By Jessie Crow Mermel

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The work of growing food for others offers many challenges, but rarely garnishes much in the way of recognition and acknowledgement. However, the work of two women farmers was celebrated at the recent Good Food Advocate Celebration on April 28, 2017. Andrea Hazzard, farmer and proprieter of Hazzard Free Farm and Ketura St. Fleurose, Roots & Wings Youth Leader, environmental activist, and high school student, were honored as the 2017 Good Food Advocates by Angelic Organics Learning Center. The award recognized the two women for their work in supporting the mission...

Happy National CSA Day!!! We have CSA discounts from Caledonia to Chicago to Rockford and beyond. Sign up for veggie shares, meat shares, seafood shares and more. Buy soon before special discounts expire!

Hoophouse Build Roots & Wings Blackhawk Buddy House

Good things are growing in Rockford! Our Roots & Wings program now has hoophouses for year-round growing on Blackhawk Courts Farm & Garden. Check out our (national!) publicity and watch the video of the plastic going up! We also have photos from the Harvest Fest celebrating the new hoophouses!

Rounding the corner from the garden I heard what everyone else knew. A scream. A wail. Mourning that accompanies the death of a loved one. The foreign sound came from a cat on the stoop of an apartment near the Buddy House, our meeting place at Blackhawk Courts...

Eat healthy, support Rockford youth by joining Roots & Wings CSA!

The Roots & Wings Network of Angelic Organics Learning Center is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on Friday, February 26th. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2016 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.


Written by Program Director, Deb Crockett

As we begin 2016, some of our valued staff members and friends have moved on to new ventures. Others remain a part of our team, but have assumed new roles. We’d like our friends and partners to know about these changes at Angelic Organics Learning Center. 

Liz Whitehurst (our On-farm Program Director) and Spencer Ellsworth (our Urban Farm Manager in Rockford) moved back to the Washington, DC area to start Owl’s Nest Farm, a cooperative CSA farm. They’re sad to leave the farm community at AOLC, but excited about this new adventure. Check out...

By Donovin Lewis, Debora St.Fluerose & Ketura St.Fleurose

During the summer of 2015 there was an adventure quest to the City of Dubuque 1st Annual Sustainability Fair. The adventurers included three Youth Apprentices…


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