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 firstname.lastname@example.org a healthy local food system at www.learngrowconnect.org/on-farm. www.learngrowconnect.org/urban. 815.389.8455 773.288.5462 www.learngrowconnect.org www.learngrowconnect.org/give Email email@example.com if you’d prefer to receive this publication via email. or by calling 815.389.8455. Email distribution helps save resources and is our preferred way to keep in touch with you. Graphic design generously donated by Allison DeYoung. Identity design generously donated by Megan Fath. All content ©2009 Angelic Organics Learning Center. www.learngrowconnect.org 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.