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Eat to Live

After more than 15 years providing technical assistance and trainings, managing growing sites, and influencing urban agriculture policy and practice in Chicago, Angelic Organics Learning Center will focus on our significant commitments in Caledonia and Rockford. These include: 

These include: 

Our On-Farm programs and Lodge

Our Farmer Training Initiative + CRAFT + Routes to Farm network 

Our Roots & Wings Urban Initiative sites/programs in Rockford

Beginning in 2002, the Learning Center’s Urban Initiative in Chicago has:

Provided leadership for development of urban agriculture and a vibrant local food system

Advised and facilitated civic conversations about policies, programs, and practices

Supported keepers of backyard animals with trainings, events, and policy work

Advocates for Urban Agriculture will coordinate the Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts (ChiChickEns) network and events, including the annual Windy City Coop & EcoYard Tour

Trained and supported urban farmers and neighborhood growers in many neighborhoods

Assisted partner organizations and programs to secure land and to develop growing spaces and projects

Collaborated with community partners to develop the Eat to Live project, with two quarter-acre Learning Gardens and the half-acre Incubator Farm

Built out the Farm with compost, hoophouse, and storage shed○ Provided mentorship to new farm businesses at the Incubator Farm○ Managed the Learning Gardens as productive oases with neighbors, students, and other volunteers

As the 2019 growing season ends, Angelic Organics Learning Center is transferring management of the E2L growing sites to urban farm and garden collaborators nearby:- Cedillos Fresh Produce farmers Juan Cedillo and Dulce Morales will continue growing at the E2L Incubator Farm during 2020, by agreement with property owner NeighborSpace.- Grow You Organic LLC’s Jennifer Bridgmon plans to lead volunteers and grow food, flowers, and herbs in the E2L Princeton and Vincennes Learning Gardens, with support from the Grow Greater Englewood Grower’s Network.