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Buttercup

By: Jessie Crow Mermel, On-Farm Educator 

Although this farm was once a dairy farm, there hadn’t been cows here in decades until 2007, when Buttercup and her daughter Maizy, two Scottish Highland cows, were brought here from Little Creek Farm in Wisconsin. These two beautiful cows contributed to providing entertainment and beauty to visitors as well as the all-important fertilizer for the farm. 

On June 8th, 2009, my children stood by me, along with families from a home school overnight, to watch as Maizy gave birth to a male calf, Mai. She needed some assistance from Executive Director Tom Spaulding and...

by Jessie Crow Mermel and Randy Mermel, AOLC On-Farm Educators

 

Angelic Organics shareholders, families, local community members, volunteer naturalists, birders, photographers and water scientists teamed up with Farmer John Peterson, some farm crew members and the Angelic Organics Learning Center team on a beautiful September afternoon. We celebrated our participation in human and non-human community with a Bioblitz on the new 70 acres in Caledonia, IL.  The purpose of a Bioblitz is for scientists, naturalists, and volunteers to spend a day intensively cataloging all plant and animal species found on a given area.  We spent the day from 9...

Miss Juanita Chickie

We said goodbye this week to one of our colleagues. Miss Juanita Chickie was a nine-year old Araucana chicken, and a fine host indeed for our education programs.

 

She was raised by young Adam, who carried her pretty much continuously when she was a spring chicken. Thanks to his attentiveness and care, Miss Juanita was by far and away our most amenable chicken to handling. Nary a squawk if a first-time chicken holder would lift her from the ground.

 

Consequently, thousands of children (and quite possibly hundreds of adults) had their first up close and personal experience...

A Collection of Seasonal Recipes

Angelic Organics Learning Center is proud to introduce a new cook book, 24 Boxes :: 1 Book, written, designed, and published by our friend Jen Mayer.  Jen became a shareholder of our partner farm, Angelic Organics, in 2006, and has been blogging about her weekly vegetables since 2007. In her blog, 24 boxes, she shares seasonal recipes created with ingredients from Angelic Organics and Grass is Greener Gardens. 24 Boxes :: 1 Book distills this collection, adding helpful extras, including a seasonal...

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