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Iris Moore, ceramic, compost, artist, ceramic art, #AngelicDinner

Iris Moore, ceramic, compost, artist, ceramic art, #AngelicDinner

When fine artist Iris Moore attended an artist's tour of the farm in May, she was immediately inspired.  Realizing that all the abundance from Angelic Organics begins in the compost, Iris took some casts of the compost piles.  She transformed the compost molds into beautiful ceramic plates symbolizing the complete cycle of compost to soil to food to plate and back again.  After falling in love with the farm, she wished to offer something in return.  Therefore, she...

By Jessie Crow Mermel, On Farm Educator & Communications Coordinator

Sharing the love of the farm

If you were asked to choose a place you could take someone you love, whom would you choose and where would you go?  8-year-old Amelia was asked that question at school last year.  Her beautiful response is pictured here.  Amelia would take her little cousin Jonah to Angelic Organics Learning Center. 


Jonah, who turns 3 this month, lives in Denver and loves animals, like Amelia.  Amelia doesn’t get to see...

We're really looking forward to our upcoming Versatile Herbs class at the farm on July 14th, especially because we're welcoming Evelyn Cooley and Silvia Abel-Caines as guest instructors. Not only will we learn about how to incorporate herbs therapeautically into our diets, we'll create natural body care products to take home.To learn more about our instructors and their backgrounds with herbs and herbal medicine, read on.

To sign up for the class, head over to our events calendar.

What drew you to studying herbs?
Silvia: My interest in herbs started when I decided to focus on alternative treatments...

We've been offering cheesemaking classes at the Learning Center for many years, and it's one of our most popular offerings. Why?

Maybe it's because aspiring cheesemakers love meeting and milking our goats. We think the farm setting is a perfect place to learn about cheesemaking, because students really see the process from start - in our fields - to  finish - in their bellies!

Maybe people love our cheesemaking classes because because they're a fun and unique way to spend a Saturday. For example, this past weekend's cheesemaking students included a group of girlfriends out for a Saturday afternoon, plus...

Photo Contest at Angelic Organics Farm

Whether the focus is the Technicolor farm buildings, the unique livestock, the textures of the veggie fields, the macro shots of blooming flowers or the sweeping, pastoral landscape, people love taking pictures at Angelic Organics Farm.  We know that people have captured a great deal of beauty on this farm over the years and that is why we are holding the 15th Anniversary Summer Farm Photo Contest! 


You are invited to submit your favorite photos of Angelic Organics farm or Angelic Organics Learning Center urban or farmer training program.  All submissions will be featured on our Facebook page. ...

Neddy receiving her doctorate at Drew University

Fifteen years ago, Neddy Astudillo and her husband Tom Spaulding, Executive Director of AOLC, founded the Learning Center with help from John Peterson and a handful of other Angelic Organics shareholders.  Neddy and Tom were the Learning Center’s first On-Farm Educators.  We chose to highlight Neddy this month for the Web of Interconnections because she had such a strong founding role in our organization and because we are so proud of her for recently getting her Doctorate of Ministry in Ecotheology!  We recently spoke with her about her life’s work and the birth of the Learning Center.  

AOLC: When was...

Rockford kids winnowing freshly-ground farm-grown corn meal on the farm

May 20, 2013

Dear Staff of Angelic Organics Learning Center,


Thank you so much for providing our sixth graders with a fantastic learning experience on your farm.  They came away so excited (and so tired!), and they truly enjoyed their time. There were even some who were not initially looking forward to the trip that ultimately decided they had fun, and there were others who did not want to leave!

I appreciate that you were able to be flexible with your programming to meet our curricular needs.  Linking the farm trip to our curriculum, including the...

Midwest Coast, Angelic Organics, AOLC, art, farm, photography, organic

Pastoral life has long captured the imaginations of artists and photographers.  As many farmers are retiring without children willing to take over the family farms, their bucolic barns decay and industrial farms and subdivisions take over the rural landscape.  Angelic Organics farm is creating an alternative legacy.  A family farm since the 1930’s, it has seen many transformations.  In addition to being a working organic farm, John and Haidy Peterson have developed the farm as a living work of art. 


For the first time ever, Angelic Organics Learning Center is offering a special tour of the...

Percheron, draft, horse, Angelic Organics, organic, plow, AOLC, Tom Spaulding

By Jessie & Randy Mermel, On-Farm Educators

Babe is one of our most gracious farm hosts.  She happily obliges visiting children to brush and pet her as she stands there, eyelids heavy with the pleasure of attention.    For many children who visit the farm, Babe is the first horse they have ever touched.  Her affectionate nature helps ease any apprehension about her massive size.  Naturally, she is one of the most popular animals on our farm.

We celebrate Babe, our lovely black Percheron horse, this month as she turns 30 on May 14th!  30 is an advanced age for...

Whole Tree Architecture at Angelic Organics Learning Center

By Jessie Crow Mermel, On Farm Educator & Communications Coordinator

“Design will save the world” is the tagline for, a website dedicated to featuring green design projects around the world.  Yesterday, Angelic Organics Learning Center’s whole tree architecture and sustainable building features were highlighted on in a piece by San Francisco-based writer and photographer Mark Boyer.

Boyer’s article and accompanying photo gallery illustrate the convergence of the structural and aesthetic innovation that architect Roald Gundersen of WholeTrees Architecture & Structure employed on the buildings of the Learning Center.  Gundersen has a knack for collaborating...


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