Congratulations to our 2009-2010 Stateline Farm Beginnings® graduates
~ The Future of our Local Food System
 September 2010  
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Welcome to Angelic Organics Learning Center’s monthly E-Newsletter, where we update you on the latest happenings at the Learning Center, and connect you with opportunities to get involved.

We were pleased to hear the news this week that the city of Evanston has approved an ordinance that allows city residents to keep backyard hens. Congratulations to Evanston organizers! Read a Chicago Tribune article about the ordinance. Visit the Learning Center’s Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts group.

Corinne Reynolds
Angelic Organics Learning Center

Upcoming Events to Learn, Grow, and Connect

Cheesemaking, Sunday, October 17
There are still spots available for our last two cheesemaking classes of the year- on Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Join us and learn how to make six kinds of cheese in three hours! Ricotta, feta, chevre, fromagina, mozzarella, and queso blanco.

Cornbread from the Ground Up: A Family Workshop, Saturday, October 23
Starting with ears of dried corn and eggs from our chickens, we’ll cook up a feast of tasty cornbread. All ages welcome.

Preschoolers- Fun with Farm Animals, Thursdays in November - 4, 11, and 18
In this special series for preschoolers and their caregivers, we’ll interact with and learn about the important animals on the farm including goats, chickens and horses.

Soapmaking, Saturday, November 6
Learn to make a wonderful and gentle soap using goat’s milk, and make several bars of soap to bring home.
Fresh from the Field

18 New Learning Center Graduates Prepare to Launch Sustainable Farm Businesses!
September each year marks the graduation of a new crop of farm families from our year-long Stateline Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training program. Designed to help new farmers launch a sustainable farm enterprise, the year-long program includes classes, field days, and one-on-one mentoring for beginning and transitioning farmers.
A carrot plant flowering at the Learning Center’s Chicago office during the June 19 Solstice celebration
This month, 18 new farm families graduated, many of whom are already hitting the ground running
with their new farm enterprises.
(Image: The 2009-2010 Graduated class of Stateline Farm Beginnings®)

Seasonal Spotlight

Chicagoland Chicken Coop Tour
Come visit the homes of some of the finest chickens in the Chicago area and learn more about these fascinating friends fowls, some of whom may be your neighbors!

Hen-apalooza is a free, self-guided tour organized by the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts and Angelic Organics Learning Center. For more information and a Hen-apalooza passport to track your our progress, view our event invitation.

Basic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago
If you like what you see during Hen-apalooza, sign up for our next Backyard Chicken Care Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. in Chicago. Participants will learn best practices for keeping and caring for backyard chickens in Chicago and surrounding communities—from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations.
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