Angelic Organics Learning Center Presents First Ever Beginning Farmer of the Year Award at Good Food Fest
We need farmers three times a day, but how often are these farmers recognized for their ingenuity, perseverance, and stewardship? AOLC and the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) are proud to debut farmer recognition awards at this year’s Good Food Fest. AOLC Executive Director Tom Spaulding and CRAFT Steering Committee member and AOLC board member Dominic Green will present the “Beginning Farmer of the Year” and “Farmer Mentor of the Year” awards to two members of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). The winning video from our video nomination process will also be debuted. The ceremony will take place at the Good Food Fest on Friday, March 15th at the opening symposium from 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 am.
To be nominated, farmers submitted a short video featuring their farm and explaining why they farm along with their triumphs and struggles.
And the winners are....
As of Feb 14, over 600 donors have pledged more than $39,000 in support of our Kickstarter campaign, "Barns Are For People, Too."
But since we did not reach our target of $150,000, the farm will not receive any of the money pledged. Although we are disappointed that we did not reach our goal, we are encouraged that over 600 people came together to support us. We plan to re-group soon, and devise a future strategy for getting our barns in share. In the meantime, you can still contribute to our barn fund by making a donation today.
Thank you so much to all who supported "Barns Are For People, Too!"
We’re pleased to announce a new video, created by the Youth Leaders of Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Roots & Wings program in Rockford. This summer, the youth leaders applied for and received a grant of $2,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, which allowed them to develop and launch a new free CSA program for low-income seniors in their neighborhood.
We are thrilled to announce that the 8th year of Stateline Farm Beginnings® has recently commenced! I wonder if anyone could have predicted, back in 2005 when Angelic Organics Learning Center offered its first Farm Beginnings class, that the demand for farmer training and the need for new farmers would persist and even grow? Maybe our founders knew. Clearly the interest in locally produced food, raised with care for the planet and for its inhabitants has soared since then.
The Learning Center is excited to announce we have completed the Save the 70 campaign, and have raised the funds needed to purchase the 70 acres of beautiful wild space and farmland known as Kinnikinnick Fields. We are both jubilant and sincerely grateful to the hundreds of supporters who contributed to Save the 70. Thank you!
Congratulations to our Rockford partners! On January 27, the Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded the Chairman’s Special award to AOLC partner Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, for its Kent Creek restoration project and urban farming projects located on the Tinker Swiss grounds.
Angelic Organics Learning Center is one of twenty small farms across America featured in a new book, Farm Together Now: A Portrait of People, Places and Ideas for a New Food Movement by Amy Franceschini and Daniel Tucker. Farm Together Now explores the current state of grassroots farming in the U.S. The authors visited small farms across America, talking to farmers about their engagement in producing sustainable food, challenging public policy, and developing community organizing efforts.
Last year, Angelic Organics Learning Center partnered with the Rogers Park Green Space and Food Systems Coalition to develop a new multi-plot community garden, the Schreiber Park Ruby Garden in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The garden is now home to 64 community garden plots (and growing!) tended by area residents and community groups, including a number of refugee groups based in the neighborhood.