Angelic Organics Learning Center welcomes fall with on-farm programs

September 21, 2011

Staff Report

CALEDONIA, Ill. — Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) invites northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin residents to experience life on the farm and learn new skills this fall.

AOLC offers on-farm programs nearly every weekend from September through November that celebrate local food sustainable agriculture and green living. More information about these programs can be found at learngrowconnect.org.

“AOLC has something to offer everyone, from cooking programs for aspiring foodies to small-scale farming workshops geared toward urban farming practitioners. We welcome all who have a heart for local food, an interest in green activities, and those who simply want to experience a beautiful fall day on a fully-functioning farm before winter sweeps into the Midwest.”

Some of the more unique workshops are the “From Fields to Kitchen” programs. More than just simple cooking classes, these courses offer participants the opportunity to gather items directly from the farm and create their own food and beverages. Upcoming courses include the following:

• Apples from Cider to Sauce — Sept. 24

• Cheesemaking — Sept. 25

• Cheesemaking — Oct. 8 (morning and afternoons)

• Soap Making Workshop — Nov. 5 (morning and afternoons)

AOLC also provides unique hands-on family activities that many children rarely experience in this modern era. Events planned for the fall include:

• Cornbread from the Ground Up: A Family Workshop — Oct. 22

• Food Day Celebration for Homeschoolers — Oct. 24

• Preschoolers! Fun with Farm Animals — Nov. 4

• Thanksgiving Food from the Farm: A Program for Kids! — Nov. 23

Other unique events offered this fall cater to those with very particular interests in sustainable agriculture and livestock. Events include:

• Walking Tour of Angelic Organics — Sept. 24

• Biodynamics for the Backyard — Oct. 1

• Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden — Oct. 16

• Build a Top-Bar Hive — Nov. 12

Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, Ill., helps urban and rural people build local food systems. The Learning Center offers opportunities to grow healthy food and a better quality of life, connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills. A nonprofit organization, AOLC reaches more than 7,000 people each year through its programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.learngrowconnect.org.

From the Sept. 21-27, 2011, issue

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