Farmers Rising helps urban and rural people build local food systems.
Originally known as Angelic Organics Learning Center, Farmers Rising was established as the 501(c)(3) non-profit educational partner to Angelic Organics CSA farm in 1999. Executive Director, Tom Spaulding, and his wife, Neddy Astudillo, joined forces with biodynamic farmer, John Peterson, and a team of farmers and volunteers to establish a learning center that would foster a vibrant local food economy. Operating out of a renovated chicken coop, they offered workshops, coordinated farmer training programs, and launched educational programs in Chicago and Rockford.
Farmers Rising now reaches more than 5,000 people annually. We have three focus areas in our effort to help urban and rural people build local food systems.