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Each week our Stateline Farm Beginnings® (SFB) class is fortunate enough to have guest speakers come and discuss their farming experience, first-hand. During the third session of SFB, on November 9th, the course topic was land access. We had several farmers come and give detailed accounts of how their farms’ each gained access to land. One of the farmer speakers, Chris Prchal of Trogg’s Hollow in Poplar Grove, Illinois provided the class with transparent and honest information which I and several others in class appreciated. 

Trogg’s Hollow CSA and Market Farm is a family-owned and...

We are pleased to announce we have a new Executive Director at Angelic Organics Learning Center. Welcome, Jackie de Batista! As a past graduate of Angelic Organics Learning Center's Farm Beginnings program and a past CRAFT Steering Committee member, we can attest to her knowledge, skills and passion for the Learning Center. She is a farmer managing a 205 acres sustainable family farm and she brings skills as an educator and mentor with 4-H Youth Development, University of Illinois Extension.   Jackie’s start date is Oct 21st. Please join us in welcoming Jackie to the Learning Center as our new Executive...

In Baraboo, Wisconsin, a short walk outside of Devil’s Lake State Park, lives Little Society Farm, a farm started in 2017 by Brad Wissmueller and Eleanor Johnson. Inspired by the ending of Voltaire’s Candide--which concludes with a small group of people realizing life is better with 20 acres and cooperation among everyone--Brad and Eleanor bought 20 acres and began work on making their dreams of being full-time farmers come true.

Neither Brad or Eleanor grew up around farming or studied it in college. It was an interest they picked up later in life. Brad’s former workplace had...

In Elkhorn Wisconsin, Tim Huth’s farm, LotFotL (Living Off The Fat Of The Land) Community Farm, is wrapping up its 11th year of production. LotFotL raises organically-fed and pastured hogs, grows organic vegetables and row crops plus obtains and distributes many different natural and organic foodstuffs. These goods are then distributed via a 150 member CSA and an additional 50 through their ‘Choice CSA program,’ which allows members to customize their CSA box to fit what works for them. The vision for LotFotL hasn’t changed much over the years, but their...

Make a difference in your community, and support everyone's ability to grow food in their own yard! If you live in Illinois and are over 18, take just 2 minutes to sign this witness slip in support of using season extension devices like hoop houses by homeowners. Use the link and directions below, and help support locally grown food!https://tinyurl.com/y27zr4f8

Next week, we celebrate Thanksgiving; we gather with our friends and family around the bounty of the harvest, and express gratitude for our relationships and our communities.  For many of us, this holiday will feature the fresh foods grown by our very own, local, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers!

Let’s make sure that our gratitude extends to our farmers in very real and tangible ways.   Every day these farmers face changing markets, changing climate, and a changing culture that often favors convenience over relationships. 

I challenge you this year to find a fresh and deeper way...

Karolina Kowalczyk grew up in a small town in Poland where most people around her “farmed, kept livestock, and were self-sufficient,” which created a sense of community. It was this environment that gave her a love of growing food to share with other people. Karolina began her farm dream by taking Angelic Organics Learning Center’s yearlong farm business planning course, Stateline Farm Beginnings (SFB). She graduates from the program next month and has been working hard to make her farm dream a reality —  working nearly fourteen hours a day, seven days a week.

Her farm...

Angelic Organics Learning Center Scottish Highland Cattle

“Come on cows!”   More than a few dozen youth and adults – some campers and parents, some staff, some volunteers – formed a chorus of calls for the herd of Scottish Highland cattle to move, for the first time, from the pastures on south campus at Angelic Organics Association to the north campus we call Kinnikinnick Fields, 80-acres of remnant, and degraded, oak savannah.  It will be the cows’ primary task to help restore this land.

Historically, this region was a vast oak savannah whose profound fertility was built up over many centuries in great...

I drive out to a remote part of the City of Beloit, Wisconsin one breezy summer evening to talk to Ben and Meghan Snare. I walk into their house—a renovated farm house—and begin setting up my gear while they get their children ready for bed. We sit down at their kitchen table, the warm glow of a cloudy sunset pouring into their home.

Despite growing up around farms, they didn’t have much experience in farming; in fact both went on to take full-time jobs in the tech industry located in the suburbs of...

We said goodbye last week to another dear friend and colleague:  Rick Jensen, our accountant for the past two years, passed away Friday morning after a short illness. 

When I think of Rick, I think of his desire to serve, and his willingness to step up to help with what needed to be done, from fixing the door to researching a complex accounting task.  Rick would arrive to work early so he could focus while it was still quiet, with a background of light jazz playing on his computer. He’d tolerate meetings and discussions, but...

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...

Pasqua, one of our Scottish Highland cattle, gave birth on Tuesday night to a large, stillborn calf. Traumatized by her loss, a long labor, and damaged nerves, she lay listless in the pasture. Our staff brought water, grain, and encouragement, but the real gift for Pasqua came from the third graders at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, who spontaneously sang choral music to soothe and comfort her.  

Spring is the time of year when many Waldorf schools bring their third graders to our farm to experience farm life....

Bat Mitzvah at Angelic Organics Lodge

Still on a high from our wonderful experience at Angelic Organics Learning Center! We couldn't have wished for a more comprehensive, informative, exciting, loving, and joyful journey. Noa was over the moon and hasn't stopped talking about the farm, and of course, the baby goats, to anyone who will listen! I believe that her time at the farm may have changed the course of her life. She is a passionate animal lover and I feel that now she is clear that working to support the welfare and wholistic care of animals, and her interest in living a farm life has...

If I told you that baby goats can teach you scientific principles, you’d likely tell me that’s too good to be true. Spend time with baby animals AND learn key concepts straight out of Next Generation Science Standards? Come on…

But it’s true. And I know, because we do it every year.

Easily the most popular programs at Angelic Organics Learning Center are the kidding programs. Every spring, we invite the community to join us in caring for newborn goats and their mothers. For the farm, kidding season is a crucial time to have...

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!


Dear Friends of Angelic Organics Learning Center,

As we enter 2018, we are grateful for your support and the support from our community of friends, partners, and funders who made this year’s success possible.  We are inspired by the thousands of people -- farmers and eaters -- who participated in our programs and learned new skills to help them grow, get, and eat good food.  Together, we are building a local sustainable food and farm system. 

We are thrilled to announce two leadership changes in the Angelic Organics family effective February...

The relationships of farmers and eaters in our local sustainable agriculture economy often starts on and/or is nurtured on the internet. The FCC is voting Dec. 14th on its proposal to repeal “net neutrality” and we are deeply concerned it will cause harm to hundreds of farmers and thousands of eaters we serve. Please call your representatives in Congress today!! In particular, small rural farm businesses and nonprofits like ours will be impacted if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to determine what content you view and what you can distribute and at what speed. Indeed,...

“We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.”  Irakli Loladze

As far back as the early 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, founder of Biodynamic Agriculture, suggested in his Agriculture Course that “a lot of things have diminished in their nutritive value,” partly due to the early adoption of chemical fertilizers.

In the wake of so many natural disasters in this country and beyond, we can see why volunteering matters. It’s not about the hours, it’s not about the optics, it’s about the community and helping...

“Ending oppression – the dynamic based on a belief that there are some who are entitled to have power and control over others – is vital to cultivating restorative communities of people...

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