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Lexicon of Sustainability:  Farmer John

Unless we are outside traversing a nature trail, we are continually inundated with words and images.  These messages point the way, give directions, attempt to sell products or ideas, tell stories, and inspire us.  Artist Douglas Gayeton understands the power of images and words to help us understand, inspire us, and give us direction.  He recognizes that in order to work toward sustainability in the world, people need to understand what sustainable words mean; that people need a Lexicon of Sustainability.

He and his wife Laura Howard Gayeton set out on a three-year journey across...

Dear friends:

If you haven't seen all the hubbub about Walmart's global sustainability initiative announced on Oct. 14th, check these out:

http://walmartstores.com/Video/?id=1225

http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10376.aspx

I met one of the consultants working with Walmart HQ on this initiative when I was in Europe last year on tour of Biodynamic farms with farmer John.  I realized I had met this consultant back at the Earth Summit in 1992 in Brazil.  I like him and he is very sharp and creative.  He was convinced that Walmart was going to take a leap ahead of many nonprofits and governments...

Gunther Hauk tending bees-Biodynamic style

The Learning Center's partnership in Rogers Park, including Heartland Alliiance, Chicago Waldorf School, and others, has developed a vibrant urban beekeeping program. We are excited to announce that Gunther Hauk, biodynamic gardener and beekeeper, teacher and lecturer, will offer a workshop on Biodynamic Beekeeping at Chicago Waldorf School this Friday.

 

When:  October 15, 2-5 pm
Where:  Chicago Waldorf School Physics Lab, 1319 W Loyola Ave
Suggested Donation: $25
RSVP's: In advance to Brian Gleichauf at bgleichauf@chicagowaldorf.org

 

Mr. Hauk will speak about methods...

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...

Chickens can be raised in your backyard

We have experienced an overwhelming level of interest in our Backyard Chickens workshops this Spring. Our recent workshop in March sold out with 35 attendees--and a waiting list. When we presented at this year's Family Farmed Expo in Chicago, an estimated 150 were in attendance with standing room only. Everyone wants chickens!

 

In addition to hosting Backyard Chickens workshops, AOLC Chicago Program Director Martha Boyd also manages a Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group. The group brings together a flock of folks in and around Chicago to share stories and promote best practices in raising chickens. Many...

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The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County and the Winnebago County Local Foods Working Group present a film screening:

 

Fresh: New thinking about what we're eating. A flim by ana Sofia joanes.

 

"We all know about the problems with the American food system, but what about the solutions? FRESH is a bracing, even exhilarating look at the whole range of efforts underway to renovate the way we grow food and feed ourselves." - Michael Pollan, author of "Botany of Desire," "In Defense of Food- an Eater's Manifesto" and "The Omnivore's Dillemma."

 

The...

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Roald Gunderson with his company, Whole Trees Architecture and Construction,
constructed Angelic Organic Learning Center's passive solar offices and
training center in Caledonia, Illinois. The New York Times recently
featured Gunderson and his work to revolutionize the building industry.
Read the New York Times article.

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 Teachers often ask us about incubating eggs at school to teach students about biology, chickens, farming, and food. We asked Chicago chicken keepers if they would like to get their hens from classroom hatching projects. Reflections: 

  1. BIOLOGICAL REALITY IS: about half of the eggs will hatch out male chicks – and there’s no way to know which before they hatch (except a new method that measures estrogen levels inside the shell.) Right after hatching, sex-linked varieties can be distinguished (boys from girls) by color of certain feathers, for instance. Otherwise,
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