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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 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...

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...

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...

This 12th class of Stateline Farm Beginnings wrapped up on Sunday, September 25 with a "graduation" ceremony and potluck. The rainy afternoon resolved into beautiful sunshine as graduates gave updates on their farm businesses and shared details from...

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