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Farmers Rising

Farmers Rising


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For the past 25 years, Angelic Organics Learning Center has lifted up farmers—young and old, new and experienced, urban and rural—for their central role in building a sustainable food future. Through it all, we have supported sustainable farms and helped families, communities, and neighbors access and enjoy fresh, local food. 

But today, between the rising average age of farmers, generational turnover in land ownership, the accelerating impacts of climate change, our continued dependence on industrial food production, and the skyrocketing costs of farmland, that future has never been more uncertain.

We must do more to help farmers who are building our local food system. As we look ahead to our next 25 years, we want to center that commitment. 

Therefore, we have decided to rename our organization Farmers Rising.

Farmers Rising is a name and a call to action. It’s a chance for all of us who care about climate change, food sovereignty, and fresh food grown by local farmers to bolster our food system for the benefit of our future and our communities.

To our farmers, no matter where you are on your farming journey: we are here for you.

At Farmers Rising, we create space for farmers to learn from one another, grow their businesses and their practice, and to connect with eaters, partners, and advocates for local food of all ages and walks of life.

Farmers Rising will continue our beginning farmer and public education programs online and at our two learning facilities in Caledonia and Rockford, and we will remain an integral part of the Angelic Organics Association community land trust, along with Angelic Organics Farm (whose name is not changing). 

Our Roots & Wings urban farm and CSA program will continue offering a CSA to Rockford residents and supporting the community at Blackhawk Courts as Farmers Rising Rockford.

And we are deepening our commitment to training the next generation of sustainable farmers by launching an incubator farm in Caledonia with a special emphasis on regenerative livestock production—unique for an incubator in the greater Chicago/Rockford region. We’re looking forward to sharing more details about the incubator in early 2024.

Building a food system takes a village, and we all need each other to remain engaged. No matter how you fit into our food system, you can join us at Farmers Rising to help:
  • You can become a farmer yourself. Apply for our beginner farmers education programs and begin your own journey as a farmer. 
  • You can attend our public programs to deepen your relationship with food. Join one of our programs to learn how to cook the food you receive in your CSA or at the farmers market and to meet some of the small farmers in your community.  
  • You can build your family’s appreciation of local food. Sign up for our camps and educational programs or recommend a field trip to Farmers Rising at your school community.

We are lifting up the people doing local and regenerative farming. We are connecting communities, families, and neighbors to sustainable and secure food systems. And we are helping everyone grow in their relationship with fresh, local, and sustainable food. 

We are Farmers Rising.  Join us. 



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