Organic Farm & Education, Retreat Center


About Wellspring
Wellspring is a nonprofit education and retreat center, as well as, a certified organic farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) whose mission is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community.

Education
Many educational opportunities are available at Wellspring throughout the year including farm tours, field trips, workshops and learning opportunities for individuals, families, school, home-school, and community groups. Classes and programs range from home gardening to food preservation to summer camps for youth and teens. Visit our Education Page to learn more.

Organic Farm
Wellspring has been a CSA since 1988, making us pioneers of this movement in Wisconsin. While we have always grown food sustainably, 2013 marked our 12th year as a certified organic farm. Wellspring produce can also be found at the West Bend and TOSA farmers markets, Port Washington Winter Farmers Market and at various schools and restaurants in the area. Wellspring is a member of CRAFT, Fair Share and the Wisconsin Local Food Network. Wellsprings works towards training the next generation of organic farmers and hosts interns each growing season. Visit our CSA Page to learn more about the farm and register to become a CSA shareholder. Registration for the Wellspring 2014 CSA is now open!!

Conference and Retreat Center; Bed and Breakfast and International Hostel
Wellspring hosts retreat and conference groups throughout the year. Individuals may also enjoy Wellspring and the surrounding “green belt and outdoor recreation area” as a B&B or hostel guest. Wellspring offers state-of-the-art technology in a newly remodeled meeting space that invites conversation and comfort in a wonderful rural setting. Wellspring’s Bed & Breakfast is open year-round, welcoming those who are looking for a relaxing retreat in nature and a farm fresh breakfast! It’s the perfect setting for weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, birthdays and more! Visit our Retreat and Conference Center Page and Bed and Breakfast Page to learn more.

Upcoming Classes, Workshops and Events at Wellspring!

For the full schedule of Wellspring classes, workshops and events, please visit our Events Page or print your own copy of our fall events calendar 2014 Fall Events

Save the Date for Wellspring’s Free Farm Festival

Agri-CULTURE Fest
Sunday, October 12th - 10 am to 6 pm

Save the date for Wellspring’s annual Free Farm Festival, Agri-CULTURE Fest - a celebration of the culture in agriculture and all things local, organic and sustainable!

Enjoy:

  • Live music
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Food options including local, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian… you name it!
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin Painting and Activities for kids
  • “Farmer Olympics” for all ages
  • Free educational workshops including a wild edibles walk, backyard bee keeping basics, cooking demonstrations, and more!

Volunteers Needed!
Interested in helping at Agriculture Fest? Volunteers are needed to greet guests, help with children’s activities, aid in set up & clean up, serve food, and help the event run smoothly.You can help all day, or choose your shift and stay for the fun!

The festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm, we will additionally need folks to help with set up and clean before and after those times. Can’t help on Sunday, we will need volunteers to help with setup on Saturday too!

Please contact Francie at wellspringeducation@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out!

Saturday, October 4th – 9 to 11 am
Composting and Fall Soil Fertility Workshop
Learn backyard composting basics and how to improve soil quality over the winter. We will cover composting basics including: what can be added to compost, pile maintenance, how to harvest finished compost, and compost application to garden beds.
Cost: $25 until 10/1, $30 after



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Thursday, October 9th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Produce Cooking Class featuring Root Veggies - with Chef Greg Leon of Amilinda
Wellspring offers a series of monthly cooking classes, inspiring students based on veggies during their peak season! In each class, a chef leads demos and tastings, and provides healthy cooking tips. Wine served to accompany each tasting and recipe handouts to take home. Assorted root vegetables will be the highlighted produce items for October! This category includes carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, celeriac, and more!
Cost: $30 for those pre-registered the Monday before, $35 at the door (if openings)



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Tuesday, October 14th - 9:30 to 10:30 am
Preschoolers and Parents Farm Day
Ages 2 to 5 welcome
Preschoolers will meet the Wellspring chickens, try new veggies, dig for worms, sing songs and participate in garden-based games and activities, all while learning about where our food comes from!

“We loved the preschool farm day at Wellspring! You keep the young ones occupied and entertained while including all of their senses - never a lull in the activity, which suits the active bodies and minds of the 2–5 year olds! It is a great, hands-on experience!” - Debbie W.
Cost: $6 per child (adult must accompany)



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For the full list of Classes and Workshops, visit out Education Page

  • Credit for one year will be provided should you need to cancel from a registered program.

Allergy Disclaimer: House cats are kept in one of our indoor learning facilities. They are not allowed to roam the building, but dander may be an issue for those with severe allergies.




Home Garden Consultation Service

Want help with your home garden?
Mary Ann Ihm, an organic gardener for 35 years, can help you design your garden
and provide helpful tips for maintaining and reaping the most benefit from your garden.

Mary Ann is the founder of Wellspring and has provided garden education for three decades.

Investment: $100 for 1 ½ hours of professional help, payable to Wellspring.

Call (262) 675–6755 or email wellspring@hnet.net to schedule a consultation.

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