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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...

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....

By guest blogger, Bob Gorman

Today, urban environments comprise limited ground garden space, leading to unimaginable difficulties when it comes to gardening. A rooftop garden is arguably the most suitable option to enjoy all the virtues offered by outdoor spaces and gardening, particularly when the available land is limited....


Routes2Farm.org presented award at Good Food Festival & Conference, Chicago

The 12th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference brought farmers, chefs, educators, legislators, entrepreneurs, and consumers together at UIC Forum, March 24-26, 2016. It also hosted the 4th Annual Beginning Farmer of the Year award presentation on March 25. Originated by the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance, this award is now presented by Routes to Farm, a new project led by Angelic Organics Learning Center that connects both new and established farmers to farmer-vetted resources that help grow their businesses in the local and sustainable...

Join us on Saturday, September 26 from 5:00-6:30 pm for the ribbon cutting, refreshments and tours of the grounds.

It was the winter of 2002 when Sally Sommers opened her first newsletter from Angelic Organics Learning Center at her home in Villa Park. She was intrigued by the on-farm workshops and thought it might be the perfect location for her annual family reunion. She called Tom Spaulding, executive director and co-founder of the Learning Center. Tom obliged, and the Sommers family headed out to the farm!

The Learning Center is located on Angelic Organics Farm, a third generation farm located in Caledonia, Illinois, that is also home to one of the largest CSA...

Make Moving Pictures, Pablo Korona, Yatte Moore, Tia Smith, Roots & Wings, Blackhawk Courts

Yatte Moore discovered two passions and talents in the past two years that he didn't know he possessed: farming and filmmaking. Yatte's brother Desmond Moore was working with Angelic Organics Learning Center at Blackhawk Courts Farm & Gardens and got his older brother involved. Farming wasn't easy work, but Yatte found that he was good at it. "It made me a man," Yatte explains of working on the farm.

He discovered he possessed another talent when he enrolled in Make Moving Pictures Film School, a project sponsored by Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,...

Young Professionals Association, Chicago, organic

We’re excited to announce the Young Professionals Association, or YPA, a new network that will help us build the local food system. The YPA is a group of energetic, young-at-heart professionals in their twenties and thirties who support the mission and programs of the Learning Center. YPA members work together to broaden the Learning Center outreach through the young professional community and raise funds to support Angelic Organics Learning Center.

Garlic drying

Guest blog by Jeff Hake, Farmer Training Program Manager, The Land Connection

Although I’m not currently farming, I love reading industry rags. So when Vegetable Growers News showed up at our office recently, I was excited. Headlines like “Higher potato consumption goal of social...

Who could have guessed? Through a crazy set of coincidences, chance encounters, and beginners luck, a tincture made from the scent of Angelic Organics Learning Center’s amazing goat buck, Addam, will be featured in an upcoming class on animalic basenotes for perfumemaking at the prestigious Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles.

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