April News

New Seasonal Eating Video Series

TOMORROW! Catch the Seasonal Eating Video Series premiere with the first of five new videos focusing on specialty crop ingredients. Debuts at noon CST!

Like and subscribe to our channel now, and tune in Friday to watch what our On Farm Educators have been cooking up this winter with recipes and techniques to preserve and prepare late-season produce and extend your fresh food into spring.

Can't tune in on Friday? Subscribe to our channel to be notified of the next episode in the series, launching April 28!

Watch the Premiere Friday, April 21 at noon!


Straw Bale Gardening

April 30, 2pm-4pm

Short on gardening space? Not sure of your soil quality? Straw bale gardening might be the solution! Discover all about using bales of straw to grow your vegetable plants.

Cultivating your Relationship with your Garden

May 7, 2pm-4pm

Explore practical tips for garden maintenance as well as how to be in relationship with your garden by noticing what it's telling you and responding thoughtfully.

Instagram & E-Mail Marketing For Small Businesses

May 13, 12pm-3pm

UM CRAFT Event: Join host Patty Ross from Golden State Marketing for a special webinar that gives you both some social media and e-mail marketing essentials to help grow your business. This event is virtual and FREE for UM CRAFT members.

Kids for Kids!

May 6, 10am-2pm

Spend a fun-filled day on the farm cuddling, playing with and learning about our animals. Bring your camera! There is an excellent chance guests might witness a baby goat birth.

Fungi Foray: Inoculation, Foraging, and Pho

May 13, 12pm-3pm

Practice how to inoculate logs with shiitake mushrooms from spore, enjoy a foraging hike along Kinnikinnick Creek, experiment with mushrooms, vegetables, and herbs to make a Vegan Mushroom Pho.

From the Ground Up: Building Earth Ovens & More

May 20, 9am-12pm

You can get really creative with cob! Explore and the history, uses, and techniques of this ancient, natural-building medium made from sand, clay and straw.

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What's Growing at Roots & Wings

This is the time of the year at the Roots & Wings farm when our anticipation and eagerness for the upcoming season becomes heightened. Our garden beds have been prepped, compost added, and the drip lines have been pulled out of storage, repaired, and placed on the farm.


Our seeds have arrived, and we have already started to grow new seedlings. Some have been transplanted already in our High Tunnels, and others will be transplanted in the coming weeks. Some of the recent vegetables transplanted were cabbage and peas. As the weather changes and we reach our last frost date on April 30, we will begin transplanting and directing seeding outside.

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Only FOUR Summer Shares Still Available!

Choose a half or full share.

Don't miss out on fresh, organically grown, local produce. Each share is a generous bounty of seasonal varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Honey shares are also available.

Reserve your Roots & Wings CSA share today!

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Summer Farm Camp is filling up fast!


(AGES 6-12)

Week 1: June 5-8

Week 2: June 12-15


Week 1 (ages 8-12): June 18-22

Week 2 ​(ages 8-12): June 25-29

Teen Week (ages 13-15): July 9-13


Experience a real working farm while caring for animals, tending gardens, harvesting and cooking food, exploring the land, learning where our food comes from. Farm camp is life-changing for our campers, and we are so proud that many former campers return as camp counselors when they are older!

We want all kids to have the opportunity to come to camp. Contact us for more information about custom payment plans or financial assistance.

Farmer Training Presents at ERME

Farmer Training Director Kate Larson presented on Stateline Farm Beginnings® to conference goers at the ERME conference in Chicago this week, and did a fantastic job in spite of their technical difficulties which caused a stressful start.

The majority of attendees were Extension agents, and her session was attended by approximately 50-60 people who were very engaged and interested in the content.

Thank you, Kate, for doing such a great job representing Learning Center staff and programs!

Cute Corner

Springtime means new baby animals have been arriving at the Learning Center every week. We can't get enough of our adorable new chicks, piglets and on their way soon - goat kids! Stop by the farm and cuddle these cuties during our Kids for Kids event May 6. Check our event calendar below for details.

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Whether you’ve never farmed before, you're seeking advanced training, looking to build community, or you’re transitioning to sustainable agriculture, join the UM CRAFT network!

Get the resources you need at the cost that is right for you! Choose from Full or Basic levels, with the option to Add-On an additional member.

VETERANS: contact us about free US Military Veteran memberships!

Benefits include:

  • The Bi-Weekly Broadcast (click to preview) newsletter chock-full of resources
  • access to the UM CRAFT Forum (Google Group & Listserv) and Directory of local member farms and farmers
  • discounts on registration fees for UM CRAFT workshops, field days, and virtual events
  • discounts on programs at the Learning Center and Center for Agrarian Learning
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Purchase in the Farm Store

Now offering a limited quantity of cage-free, free-range, pasture-grazed, raised by Learning Center staff and fed certified organic feed. Locally processed by Eickman's Meat Processing in Seward, IL.

Choose from 25 lb bone-in ham and/or 25 lbs of mixed cuts of pork.

PLEASE NOTE: This product is not available for shipping. Buyers will be contacted to set up a pick-up date/time after purchase.

Join the Learning Center

Apply Now!

The Learning Center is hiring candidates who care about reshaping our food systems and educating their communities about sustainable agriculture and want to work with a team of passionate, friendly, and fun people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Why would you want to join the Learning Center's team?

  • Flexible work schedule, some positions hybrid remote
  • Love your office, located on 70+ acres of wooded land
  • Goats!
  • Staff meetings that include kayaking, game nights, and museum visits
  • Doing meaningful work that has a direct impact on the community
  • Did we mention the goats?

Visit our Employment page for position details, requirements, benefits, and salary information.

Roots & Wings Lead Educator 

Develop and lead culturally-responsive educational programming at Roots & Wings, act as a liaison for the Community Advisory Council and provide educational opportunities to youth on the farm and beyond.

On Farm Educator

Facilitate educational programs at the Learning Center. Ideal candidates will have experience with organic farming, environmental education, and working with diverse audiences. Part-time, seasonal.

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