Wellspring’s mission is to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, we transform food systems and build community. Many educational opportunities are available throughout the year for youth and adults alike. Please see below for information on Farm Visits for Groups, Youth Summer Programs, Preschoolers and Parents Farm Mornings, Home Garden Classes, Cooking Classes.
For the full scheduled of Wellspring classes, workshops and events, please visit our Events Page
For any additional questions or inquires, please contact:
Francie Szostak - Education Coordinator
Phone: (847)946–5565, Email: email@example.com
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Tours of Wellspring
Educational tours of Wellspring Organic Farm are available for all ages throughout the growing season (April though Early November – weather dependent). On tours, a Wellspring educator leads visitors on an exploration of our orchard, growing fields, greenhouses and gardens, while chatting about organic growing principles and Wellspring’s rich history.
Tours last approximately 1 hour long. Extended tours are available upon request for an additional cost. Tours are typically available Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5 pm. Evening and Weekend tours are available upon request as well.
Tour Fees: $5 per school age children and $7 per adults. $35 minimum for all groups.
Wellspring is a working farm! For the safety of our visitors and to maximize farm production, all visiting groups must call ahead to schedule tours!
To schedule a tour for your group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 946–5565
Farm Field Trips
Throughout the year, Wellspring hosts on learning opportunities for schools (K - 12), scouts, homeschoolers, youth and community groups on the farm. Field trips include a tour of the farm, and hands on farming/gardening related activities to learn and connect with where our food comes from. All field trips and visits are tailored to fit groups’ educational needs and goals.
Click to view the 2012/2013 Farm Visit Program guide
2012/2013 program guide
For questions and to schedule an educational farm field trip for your group, please contact us at email@example.com or call (847) 946 −5565
Farm to School Program Partnerships
In pursuit of educating youth on the importance of eating healthy, local food, Wellspring has partnered both Kewaskum and Grafton Elementary schools, piloting initiatives to engage and connect students with where their food comes from. These “farm to school” programs involve fresh produce tastings in the school cafeterias, educational classroom visits from farmers, construction of school gardens and class field trips to the organic farm.
“Farmer in the Classroom” School Visits
This school year, Wellspring is offering Farmer-classroom visits to additional schools within the region. During an hour-long visit, students will participate in sensory based learning activities, learn about healthy eating and how plants grow, get to ask questions to the visiting farmer and of course, enjoy a fresh produce snack!
Visits cost $30 per class and $15/ each additional class in the same grade level. This fee is for minimally covering time and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available as well.
If you are interested in setting up a visit for your classroom or homeschool group, or would like more information on the program, please contact Wellspring’s Education Coordinator.
Garden Education Leaders - Volunteer Program
Do you have a passion for local food, gardening or working with youth? Wellspring is recruiting talented and motivated individuals to be Garden Education Leaders! After training, these volunteers will be given the opportunity to lead or co-lead education classes, and farm to school activities.
Opportunities are available on the farm in Newburg as well as at several locations in Washington and Ozaukee counties, and the greater Milwaukee area. Opportunities are available year round and at varying days and times.
Garden Education Leaders will be able to help with:
Monthly Produce Taste Tests - Once a month, students are introduced to new veggies and get the chance to sample during their lunch periods. Serve new veggies and talk to students about the “veggie of the month”.
Farm Field Trips - Students connect with where our food comes from, while getting their hands dirty at Wellspring. Help with garden based games and activities such planting, weeding and harvesting a snack!
Classroom Visits - Assist and lead hour-long classroom visits in which youth participate in sensory based learning activities, while learning about healthy eating and how plants grow!
School Garden Volunteer - Help lead children in planting, harvesting and watering school gardens.
For more information on becoming a Garden Education Leader, please contact Francie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschoolers and Parents Farm Mornings
Ages 2 - 5 welcome.
Preschoolers and their caregivers experience a morning on the farm. Get your hands dirty and learn where our food comes from! Preschoolers will meet the chickens, try new veggies and participate in garden based games and activities!
Cost: $5 per Child. Parents are free
“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.
Wednesday, May 29th: 9:30 to 10:45 am SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, May 29th: 12:30 to 1:45 pm SOLD OUT!
Tuesday, September 10th: 9:30 to 10:45 am
Tuesday, October 15th: 9:30 to 10:45 am SOLD OUT!
Tuesday, October 15th: 1:30 to 2:45 pm SOLD OUT!
Click for a printable version of the 2013 Agricorp flyer 2013 Agricorp Flyer
Ages 12 - 16
Agricorp is a weeklong summer program for youth to learn business planning skills through organic gardening. For the first five days, Agricorp members will work in the garden, and receive educational lessons, learning both how to grow veggies and various business skills that can be applied to any future endeavors. At the end of the week, the group harvests, creates a marketing and advertising plan, and gets the chance to sell with Wellspring at the Saturday, West Bend Farmers Market!
Over the course of the week, Agricorp members will:
- Learn how to grow produce through meaningful garden work and activities
- Attend guest lectures talks from local farmers and business people on beekeeping, soil nutrition and sustainable business practices
- Create a business plan and budget
- Develop marketing strategies for to generate market sales
- Experience selling at a local farmers market!
HOME GARDENING WORKSHOPS
Wellspring offers a variety of hands on gardening courses with a focus on organic growing practices.
Seed Savers Workshop and Seed Swap
April 20th, 1 to 4 pm
April 27th, 9 to 11am
Container Gardening Workshop
May 18th, 9 to 11 am
Worm Bin Workshop
June 8th, 9 to 11 am
All Spots Full
Composting and Fall Garden Prep Workshop
October 5th, 9 to 11 am
FOOD PRESERVATION CLASSES
Learn to preserve you garden or farmers market bounty and eat local all year long. Mary Ann, the founder of Wellspring has over 35 years of food preservation experience. Join her as she shares not only her tasty recipes, but knowledge on food preservation safety.
Two classes will be hosted throughout the season so students can learn with seasonal produce.
SEASONAL PRODUCE COOKING CLASS
One of the best parts of the growing season is the diverse variety of produce that varies month to month! Wellspring offers a series of monthly cooking classes, inspiring students based on veggies during their peak season. In each class, organic cooking coach KC Thorson demonstrates four healthy recipes which students taste and receive recipes to try at home. Wine is provided to accompany the tastings.
Classes are held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6–8 pm at Wellspring
Cost: $25 for those preregistered the Monday before class, $30 at the door
$150 for the entire series
2013 Season Class Schedule
- Classes may be taken as a complete series or individually.
May 9 - Asparagus
June 13 - Rhubarb - ALL FULL
July 11 - Herbs - ALL FULL
August 8 - Eggplant
September 12 - Peppers (Sweet and Hot)
October 10 - Squash varieties - ALL SPOTS FULL
November 14 - Thanksgiving dishes
Please include a check for the total or call (847) 946–5565 to pay and register over the phone.
WOODLAND HARVEST PERMACULTURE PROJECT in Partnership with Riveredge Nature Center
A community based permaculture and local foods project between Riveredge Nature Center and Wellspring Organic Farm and Education Center. Woodland Harvest is an exciting collaboration between Wellspring and Riveredge. The project is expected to be a regional model for sensible and sustainable land use at any scale. Permaculture is a holistic approach to landscape design that integrates several disciplines, including farming, biology, ecology, agriculture, architecture, gardening and community building. On the Woodland Harvest site, a diversity of woody and herbaceous perennial plants are interwoven in a way that mimics the structure, energy flow and nutrient cycling of our regional woodlands. The result is an agriculturally productive, stable and resilient ecosystem requiring minimal human intervention.
Click here to see a map of the project that details the different design elements within the overall plan. We have already planted Hybrid Hazelnuts, Persian Walnuts, Korean Stone Pine and Service berries and future plans include a variety of nut, shrub and fruit trees.
“What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what the details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options. We need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that.”
-Dr. David Suzuki
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.