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On Wednesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 19th over 120 participants gathered at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Oglesby, IL for the Routes to Farm Summit, hosted by Routes to Farm, a project coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center. During those two days, farmers and local food advocates discussed the direct market issues many are facing and proposed action steps to come to solution and...

Scottish Highland Cows on a Biodynamic Farm, Angelic Organics

“Farms are the places where we negotiate our relationship with nature,” explained Tom Spaulding, the Learning Center’s co-founder and Executive Director at the Midwestern Ecology Symposium at the Janesville Muslim Dawa Circle this last week. Tom accompanied other distinguished speakers at the symposium, including his wife and Learning Center co-founder, Dr. Neddy Astudillo. Tom addressed the topic of Biodynamic farming at the symposium.

Biodynamic agriculture found its genesis in a series of agriculture lectures by the Austrian spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner, who also founded Waldorf education. The lectures were addressing...

Our Bee Friends are declining and need some champions. Honey bee populations are challenged like never before with a multitude of stressors. We need to support the honey bee and other wild bee populations with a more hospitable habitat - and more beekeepers! Angelic Organics Learning Center offers an Introduction to Beekeeping workshop (January 28th) each winter as a means of preparing new beekeepers for spring. Don’t think you have what it takes to keep a beehive? It might be more simple than you think...


Routes2Farm.org presented award at Good Food Festival & Conference, Chicago

The 12th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference brought farmers, chefs, educators, legislators, entrepreneurs, and consumers together at UIC Forum, March 24-26, 2016. It also hosted the 4th Annual Beginning Farmer of the Year award presentation on March 25. Originated by the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance, this award is now presented by Routes to Farm, a new project led by Angelic Organics Learning Center that connects both new and established farmers to farmer-vetted resources that help grow their businesses in the local and sustainable...

Our first Weekend Wellness Retreat had a positive impact on both the attendees and the leaders. Read two of their stories....

Supporters from across Chicago and Illinois joined us on September 26 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Eat-to-Live Urban Incubator Farm in Englewood. It was a beautiful night filled with tours of ...

There was a magical feeling on Angelic Organics farm this past Saturday, July 25. The sun glistened on crops and brightly colored buildings as supporters, shareholders, farmers, and new friends gathered for a celebration of local food systems...

By Bill Ladd-Cawthorne

About a dozen Upper Midwest CRAFT farmers arrived for a field day at Natural Farm Stand in Richmond, IL, on Sunday, July 12. Natural Farm Stand is owned and operated by Sue and Gary Gauger on the farmland that Gary’s grandfather bought in 1923...

Organic farm, Angelic Organics, Angelic Organics Association, landtrust, Farmer John, Real Dirt on Farmer John

By Tom Spaulding, Executive Director

Just before the Shareholder Open House on Saturday, July 18 we held a brief reception and recognition for the outgoing members of the Angelic Organics North LLC. In November 2014, the torch was passed to an incoming group of families in cooperation with the newly formed Angelic Organics Association, a community land trust dedicated to protecting the land in perpetuity for organic/Biodynamic agriculture, farming education and land conservation.

In 1998, 27 families, mostly shareholders of Angelic Organics CSA farm, combined their resources and purchased 39.25 acres of farmland adjacent to Angelic Organics CSA...

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