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					                                                          Father’s Day Overnight at Angelic Organics Farm       basic needs and year-round care to relevant
                                                          Saturday-Sunday, June 19 & 20, 11 am - 12 pm          city regulations. $45
                                                          Hey kids! Surprise dad with a camping trip at the
                                                          farm for Father’s Day! You bring a tent, farming      Beekeeping I: Bee Basics
                                                          clothes, and your father, and we’ll have a fun time   Saturday, April 10, 10 am - 1 pm
                                                          planned, with games, farm work, a campfire, and        Learn about the fascinating life of bees, see our
                                                          exploring the land. Delicious farm dinner (cooked     urban beehives, and prepare to start a hive of
                                                          in our earth oven) and breakfast provided! $45        your own. We’ll taste a variety of honeys and
                                                                                                                other products from the hive. This is the first                                                                                                              CALENDAR
                                                             Chicago Area Workshops & Events                    of two workshops designed to prepare you to
                                                                                                                keep bees in the city. $45                                                                                                                         WINTER/SPRING 2010
                                                          Unless otherwise noted, all Chicago events
                                                                                                                City Growing - Healthy soil, compost, and
                                                          are held at our urban farmstead at the First
                                                                                                                early planting
                                                          Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark,
                                                                                                                Saturday, April 17, 10 am - 2 pm
                                                          Chicago, IL 60637
                                                                                                                Join us at the Learning Center’s Chicago urban        Support the                                 Creating opportunity in Rockford
The Buzz on Bees: A Family Program
Saturday, June 5, 10 am - 12 pm
                                                          City Growing- Soil Preparation and Planting           farmstead at First Presbyterian Church. Learn
                                                                                                                basic seasonal concepts of city growing while
                                                                                                                                                                      Learning Center                             Angelic Organics Learning Center partners with a group of community-based
                                                          in the Greenhouse                                                                                                                                       organizations in the Rockford area that make up the Roots & Wings network.
Come to the farm to learn all about amazing               Sat, Feb. 20, 10 am - 2 pm                            practicing hands-on in the greenhouse and             Show your passion for good food and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roots & Wings aims to increase the leadership and life skills of low-income
honeybees! We’ll play games to learn about bee            Join us at the Learning Center’s Chicago urban        garden. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the          healthy lands with a gift to Angelic
                                                                                                                weather and dirt. $10                                                                             youth and adults through participatory development projects, hands-on
biology, and taste honey straight from the hive.          farmstead at First Presbyterian Church. Learn                                                               Organics Learning Center! Your tax-
If weather conditions permit, we’ll be able to                                                                                                                                                                    garden-based education, and community service.
                                                          basic seasonal concepts of city growing while                                                               deductible gift will support our work
open a hive and see the bees at work in their                                                                   Healthy Local Food: grains, legumes, and sprouts
                                                          practicing hands-on in the greenhouse and                                                                   to train our region’s next generation
home. Parents register with children. $10                                                                       Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 - 8 pm                                                                  Shiquita Shumaker, 28, has
                                                          garden. Bring a sack lunch and dress for the                                                                of sustainable farmers, connect
                                                          weather and dirt. $10
                                                                                                                You’ve heard about the health benefits of eating                                                   made positive changes in her life
Kids with Cob                                                                                                   whole grains, legumes and sprouts. We’ll demon-       low-income urban families with their        through her work as coordinator of
Saturday, June 5, 1 - 4 pm                                It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over- Grow Year                strate simple, easy ways to prepare a wide variety    food and each other, and provide            the Roots & Wings youth leadership
Come cooperate with others to construct a                 Round in Chicago                                      these beneficial foods and taste delicious             scholarships for on-farm learning           and gardening program at her
mini eco-village while learning natural building          Saturday, March 6, 10 am - 1 pm                       recipes you can share with your family. $20
                                                                                                                                                                      and educational opportunities for           apartment complex, Concord
techniques. Use your hands to build model                 Want to enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden                                                             children and families.
homes using a mixture of clay, sand and straw,                                                                  Cheesemaking                                                                                      Commons. Shiquita admits that
                                                          ALL YEAR LONG? We will present low-cost
called “cob”, then use your imagination to                                                                      Saturday, June 19, 10 am - 1 pm                                                                   she’s never been good about eating
                                                          methods to extend your growing season,                                                                      To make a donation, please mail a
create stories. While we build, we’ll also bake                                                                 This hands-on workshop in our urban setting                                                       her vegetables. Now, she’s not
                                                          including cold frames and hoop houses,                                                                      check payable to Angelic Organics
bread in our cob oven. Adults register with                                                                     will introduce the process of cheese making                                                       only eating the vegetables she
                                                          succession planting, variety selection and
children. Plan to save room in your car to                                                                      from start to finish. We’ll learn how to make at       Learning Center to 1547 Rockton
                                                          more. The class will include a tour of our                                                                                                              grows, but she’s developing
take your creation home. $12                                                                                    least five cheeses, including mozzarella, ricotta      Road, Caledonia, IL 61011, give online
                                                          season extension systems in action. $45                                                                                                                 leadership and sales skills, and
                                                                                                                and more! $65                                         at www.learngrowconnect.org/give or
Home-milked Ice Cream                                                                                                                                                                                             teaching youth and other adults
                                                          Basic Backyard Chicken Care
                                                                                                                Summer Solstice Gathering & Potluck
                                                                                                                                                                      call 815.389.8455.
Wednesday, June 9, 3 - 5 pm                               Saturday, March 20, 10 am - 1 pm                                                                                                                        how to garden organically and eat
Wednesday, July 7, 3 - 5 pm                                                                                     Saturday, June 19- 1 - 8 pm                                                                       healthfully as lead community
                                                          Location TBA
Can you guess which ingredients in ice cream                                                                    Celebrate summer with Angelic Organics                                                            organizer of the program.
                                                          Please join us for a workshop on best practices
come from the farm? Together, we’ll milk the                                                                    Learning Center at this volunteer work and
                                                          for Basic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago.
goats, visit the beehive, and look for wild fruit                                                               learn day in the garden. Learn about Basic                                                        “When I started here, I had no clue about gardening,” Shiquita said. “Now
                                                          Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is legal
                                                                                                                Biodynamic agriculture, walk an ephemeral
on the land…then make up a batch of truly                 in Chicago, and part of our growing local food                                                                                                          I’ve got some skills under my belt.”
home-grown ice cream! Adults register with                                                                      labyrinth, and reflect on the changing of the
                                                          system. Chicken care experts in Chicago will
                                                                                                                seasons. Share in a potluck meal.
children. $10                                             share their tips on how to keep both your                                                                                                               This year’s growing season culminated when Shiquita and 6 other youth and
                                                                                                                Free - RSVP required
                                                          chickens and your neighbors happy - from                                                                                                                adult leaders in the program sold their vegetables at the 5th Annual Black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Farmer’s Market at Navy Pier in Chicago in September. “It was beautiful,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shiquita says. “We sold out of everything except the gourds, and it was great
   About Angelic Organics Learning Center...
   Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food systems.
   We offer opportunities to grow healthy food and a better quality of life, connect with
                                                                                                                    Pitch In!                                         Group Visits to the Farm
                                                                                                                                                                      Experience life on our farm with your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to meet all of the people. Now we’re looking at other sales opportunities in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Rockford area.”

                                                                                                                    Looking for a practical and                       school youth or adult group. We can         During the summer months, 15-20 youth take part in the gardening program
   farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills. The Learning
                                                                                                                    meaningful way to make a                          create a custom learning experience         at Concord each day. “This program is so important because it keeps the kids
   Center, a nonprofit organization, reaches more than 4,000 people each year through
   our programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illinois and                                   difference in your community?                     that combines hands-on activities with      doing something positive,” Shiquita says. “There’s so many negative influences
   southern Wisconsin.                                                                                              Learn how you can give your                       opportunities for group reflection.          here, and the garden helps them get away from that.”

   main: 1547 Rockton Rd               6400 S Kimbark Ave                fax: 425.969.0317                          time or treasure to help build                    To learn more call 815.389.8455, or visit   For more information on The Learning Center’s Urban Initiatives, visit
   Caledonia IL 61011                  Chicago IL 60637                  learn@learngrowconnect.org                 a healthy local food system at                    www.learngrowconnect.org/on-farm.           www.learngrowconnect.org/urban.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Program includes lunch, a full day of instruction, and
                                                  Explore Food & Farming                                                                                  Learn to Garden Organically                           From the Fields to the Kitchen                       samples of bread and cheese to take home. $95

                                               Build a Top-Bar Hive                               this a Biodynamic and community supported             Planning Your Organic Garden                          Soap Making Workshop                                   Winemaking
                                               Saturday, March 13, 1 - 6 pm                       agriculture (CSA) farm. Learn basic strategies for    Saturday, March 6, 9 am - 3 pm                        Saturday, February 20, 9 am - 12 pm OR                 Wednesday, July 21, 6 - 9 pm
                                               Learn about the beauty of working with bees        growing food without chemical inputs and see          Lift the winter blues in this workshop on             Saturday, February 20, 1 - 4 pm                        After introducing the science of winemaking,
                                               using a top bar hive. After discussing the         the seasonal work underway at the farm. Wear          designing an organically-managed home                 Learn to make a wonderful and gentle soap              we’ll jump right into making a small batch of
ANGELIC ORGANICS                               design and management of top bar hives,            sturdy shoes, as conditions may be muddy! $18         vegetable garden. We’ll talk about various            using goat’s milk. Our lovely goats provide the        wine. Each participant will use wild fruits to
LEARNING CENTER                                the class will construct several hive bodies                                                             methods for building soil, plus planning for          milk, and our veteran soapmaker explains the           make at least one gallon of wine starter (or
                                               for some participants to purchase and bring        Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture                space needs and crop rotation. Especially for         process and facilitates the hands-on soapmaking.       “must”) for fermenting at home. Participants
W O RKSH O P S & E V E N T S                   home. See our website for details about pur-       Saturday, May 22, 9 am - 5 pm                         beginning gardeners, or those ready to convert        Everyone will make several bars of soap to             with wild fruits at home (such as mulberries or
                                               chasing a hive. Class members will receive a       Join us for an introduction to the comprehensive      to non-chemical techniques. Participants will         bring home. Bring an apron. $60                        grapes) are encouraged to bring them; otherwise,
                                               list of tools to bring. $60                        ecological methods behind the Biodynamic              leave with a garden map and planting calendar.                                                               we’ll gather them from the farm. $65
 To register, visit                                                                               farming movement inspired by Rudolf Steiner.          We’ll share a potluck lunch. $65                      Cheesemaking
 www.learngrowconnect.org                      Get Your Goat                                      We’ll explore the farm, learning how soils, plants,                                                         Five dates to choose from!
 or call 815.389.8455.                                                                                                                                  The Care and Pruning of Fruit Trees                   Saturday, May 15, 9 am - 12 pm OR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fun for Families
                                               Saturday, March 20, 9 - 12 pm                      animals, and people together form a dynamic
                                               Thinking about getting a goat? Come learn about    living organism. Hands-on activities will include     Saturday, March 13, 9 am - 12 pm                      1:30 - 4:30 pm                                         Fun with Farm Animals
 Unless otherwise noted, events                the basics of different breeds, housing, feed      preparation-making, applications to compost           Interested in growing your own fruit without          Sunday, June 13, 9 am - 12 pm OR                       Thursday, March 4, 11, and 18, 10 - 11 am
 are held at our farm location:                requirements, breeding, pregnancy and birth.       and fields, plant observations,and learning how        chemicals? Learn about variety selection, planting    1:30 - 4:30 pm                                         Meet our baby chicks, care for pregnant goats,
 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia IL                 We’ll learn how to trim hooves, what to look for   to use planetary calendars. Angelic Organics’         methods, sustainable care, accommodating              Saturday, July 17, 4 - 7 pm                            and gather eggs from the chickens in this
                                               when purchasing your first goat, and the basics     own Farmer John will discuss the inspiration,         “pests” and disease, and proper pruning               This hands-on workshop in our farm setting will        program series for preschool children and their
 Advance registration and payment,             of milking, and making ricotta and yogurt. $50     evolution, and vision of this farm, as well as his    techniques to maximize longevity and yields.          introduce the process of cheese making from            parents all about farm animals. Wear clothes
 unless otherwise noted, is required                                                              experiences visiting Biodynamic farms around          Get hands-on experience as we prune the               start to finish (from milking the goats to tasting      suitable for outside farm work. $35
                                               Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources           the world. Co-hosted with Angelic Organics            fruit trees in our orchard. $50
 to guarantee space in any sched-                                                                                                                                                                             fresh goat’s cheese). We’ll learn how to make
                                               to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden             Learning Center and Michael Fields Agricultural                                                                                                                    Adventures with Farm Animals
 uled event. Classes are filled on a                                                                                                                                                                           ricotta, chevre, mozzarella, feta and more! $65
                                               Saturday, March 20, 1 - 5 pm                       Institute. Please bring your own lunch. $80           Starting Your Organic Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thursday, March 4, 11, and 18, 4 - 5 pm
 first-come first-served basis, and              Have you ever dreamed of starting your own                                                               Saturday, April 24, 9 am - 3 pm OR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New! Elementary-age youth are invited to help
 registration for most classes closes          farm? In this interactive workshop, we’ll learn    Women’s Overnight at Angelic Organics                 Sunday, May 2, 9 am - 3 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     our farm crew care for the livestock, learning
 one week before the class date.               about types of sustainable farming careers         Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30, 11 am - 12 pm             Celebrate spring by learning techniques for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     about a different animal every day. Feed hay
                                               in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin,       Come enjoy the farm while camping with other          organic soil preparation and planting. We’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the cows, gather eggs from the chickens,
                                               and be better prepared to decide whether to        women! We’ll complete a work project, do chores       cover the basics of double digging, prepare
 Registration fees are 75% refundable                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and care for our pregnant goats. Wear clothes
                                               pursue a farming business. We’ll hear about        together, enjoy a leisurely walk around the farm,     a garden bed, and learn about seeding and
 for cancellations received one week                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 suitable for outside farm work. $35
                                               regional training opportunities through the        and share an evening around the campfire. For          transplanting through hands-on projects.
 in advance. No refunds are available          Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer         meals, we’ll pick, prepare, and share delicious       Dress to work in the garden, and bring a                                                                     Kidwatch
 in the final week.                             Training (CRAFT), university extension, and        food from the farm. Bring your tent and               dish to share for a potluck lunch. $65                                                                       Saturday, March 27, 10 am - 3 pm
                                               others. Includes a presentation of farming         friends! $75                                                                                                                                                       Come to the farm to learn about goats, play
 Please visit www.learngrowconnect.org         enterprises and a tour of a growing site. $60                                                            The “Ins” and “Outs” of Composting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with the babies already born, and — if the
                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, May 1, 9:30 am - 12 pm
 for further information, including                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  timing is right — witness a live birth. You’ll join
                                               Walking Tour of Angelic Organics                                                                         Learn what makes a successful compost pile,
 a complete list of events and                                                                                                                                                                                Convert Your Car to Veggie Oil!                        us to feed the animals, learn about goat preg-
                                               Sunday, May 16, 2 - 4 pm OR                                                                              and decide which methods will work best for
 select discounts.                                                                                                                                                                                            Sunday, June 6, 1 - 4 pm                               nancy and birth, and share a potluck lunch.
                                               Sunday, June 6, 10 am - 12 pm OR                                                                         your household. Overview various types of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join Pete Probst from Indigenous Energy to learn       Parents register with children. $18
                                               Saturday, July 24, 10 am - 12 pm                                                                         compost bins, build a pile together, and tour
                                               Join us for a tour and introduction to Angelic                                                           our farm-scale compost operation. Dress to            how to run your diesel engine on vegetable oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Eggcellent Adventures at the Farm
                                               Organics, the Biodynamic vegetable farm                                                                  work outside! $45                                     After discussing environmental benefits of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Saturday, April 3, 9 - 11 am OR 12 - 2:00 pm
                                               in northern Illinois featured in the award-                                                                                                                    converting your car, we’ll learn all about obtaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In this program all about eggs, come meet the
                                               winning documentary film The Real Dirt on                                                                 Build a Raised Garden Bed                             and processing used vegetable oil, plus modifying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     chickens and ducks, find out how baby birds
                                               Farmer John. We will explore what makes                                                                  Saturday, May 1, 1 - 3:30 pm                          your engine. Cook up a small batch of biodiesel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     develop, and collect colorful eggs from our
                                                                                                                                                        Together we’ll build, fill and plant a raised garden   and see a demonstration car in action. $50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rare-breed chickens. Using natural dyes, each
                                                                                                                                                        bed with wooden sides. Learn about selecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Food Preserving 101                                    family will color eggs to bring home. Dress
                                                                                                                                                        materials, building the soil and more. $45
                                                Amazing Farm Animals Summer                                                                                                                                   Sunday, June 27, 1:30 - 5 pm                           to be outside on the farm! Children must be
   Day Camps                                    Day Camps!                                         Monday-Thursday, June 21 - 24                                                                              The novice food preserver is invited to this basic     accompanied by adults; please register for
                                                                                                                                                        What’s Up in the Garden
                                                The farm animals at our Learning Center                                                                 Wednesdays, June 23, July 28, August 25,              introduction and practical skills course. After an     each family member separately. $10
 Kids with Kids Day Camp
                                                welcome your children to an exciting week          Tuesday-Thursday, July 6 - 8, 9 am - 12 pm           September 22, 6 - 7pm                                 overview of food safety and reasons to preserve,
 Our 3-day spring break mini-camp will                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Animal Day for Families
                                                of working, learning and exploring our             ($70 per child)                                      Monthly sessions at the Learning Center’s             we jump right into hands-on demonstrations of
 introduce (people) kids to the goats, right                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Saturday, May 8, 10 am - 3 pm OR
                                                educational farm. All children will help milk                                                           demonstration garden will lead you through the        freezing, dehydrating, and canning, using fresh
 in the middle of birthing season. Come                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saturday, June 26, 10 am - 3 pm
                                                the goats, gather eggs from the chickens,                                                               steps of seasonal care for your organic vegetable     strawberries as an example. Take a delicious
 explore the farm, work and play with the                                                          Monday-Thursday, July 12 - 15                                                                                                                                     Bring your kids to the farm for a day of hands-on
                                                and participate in a different theme each                                                               plants. Hands-on topics will vary monthly and         jar of strawberry jam home with you! $50
 animals, and help care for baby goats                                                                                                                                                                                                                               experiences with the animals. Help the crew
                                                week. 9 am-3 pm daily for most camps.                                                                   include: trellising, weed prevention, dealing
 and their mothers. Ages 6-12. $120                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  milk the goats, feed the horses, and gather eggs
                                                $160/week if registered by June 1.                 Monday-Thursday, July 19 - 22                        with insect pests, harvesting and storing             Cheese AND Bread!
 Wednesday-Friday, March 24 - 26,               Details at www.learngrowconnect.org.                                                                                                                          Saturday, July 10, 9 am - 4:30 pm                      from the ducks and chickens. See how you can
                                                                                                                                                        vegetables, planting a fall garden, using cover
 9 am - 3 pm OR                                                                                                                                                                                               Combine our cheesemaking class with a tour of          produce soil from kitchen scraps with worm boxes.
                                                                                                   Monday-Thursday, August 9 - 12                       crops, preparing for winter and more! Perfect
 Monday-Wednesday, March 29 - 31,                                                                                                                                                                             the farm, a breadbaking class using our earth          Make goat’s milk ice cream and enjoy a potluck
                                                                                                                                                        for a beginner gardener looking for seasonal
 9 am - 3 pm                                      Monday-Thursday, June 14 - 17                                                                                                                               oven, and a light lunch of cheese, bread and           meal under the trees near our timber frame
                                                                                                                                                        guidance. $55
                                                                                                                                                                                                              salad that you’ve made straight from the farm.         barn. Parents register with children. $18

  Visit www.learngrowconnect.org to register online and view a complete list of upcoming events.

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