Education

Registration for 2014 Farm Camps at Wellspring will begin on Tuesday, February 4th. Learn more about these summer programs below!

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. Take a look below to see what is happening at Wellspring this season!

The Wellspring 2014 Class and Event Calendar is now available! For the full schedule of Wellspring classes, workshops and events, please visit our Events Page or Click Here to download your own printable version!

For any questions or general inquires about various Wellspring education programs, please contact:
Francie Szostak - Education Director
Phone: (847)946–5565, Email: wellspringeducation@gmail.com

WELLSPRING FARM FIELD TRIPS AND TOURS

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 wellspringeducation@gmail.com or (847) 946–5565

Farm Field Trips

Throughout the year, Wellspring hosts on-farm 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 2014 Farm Visit Program Guide
2014 Farm Visit Guide

For questions and to schedule an educational farm field trip for your group, please contact us at wellspringeducation@gmail.com or call (847) 946 −5565

Tasting Tours

New in 2014, Wellspring will be holding “Tasting Tours”! Tour participants will learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm, while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season!

Tasting tours will be held on select dates throughout the season and will be open to the public. Tours will be capped at 20 people to keep groups interactive and personal. Like all Wellspring classes, we recommend reserving spots ahead of time, as we cannot guarantee opening for those who show up the day of.

Tasting Tours are $9 per adults and $6 per children 12 and under. * While all ages are welcome on tasting tours, please keep in mind that the tour is an hour long.

2014 Season Dates:
June 19th, 6–7 pm
June 28th, 10 to 11 am
July 23rd – 6 to 7 pm
August 9th, 10 – 11 am
August 21st, 6–8 pm
September 6th, 10 – 11am
Sept - 25th – 6–7 pm

Example of what will be in season month by month:
June: Asian greens, arugula, cucumbers, peas, kale, collards, spinach, radishes, sorrel
July: Cherries, beets, beans, rainbow chard, zucchini, lettuce, fennel
August: Tomatoes, peppers, Eggplant, herbs, rainbow chard, summer squash
September: Kale, carrots, collards, fennel, herbs, apples, spinach

To register, please email wellspringeducation@gmail.com or by phone at (847) 946–5565.

2014 FARM CAMPS

At Wellspring Farm Camps, youth learn practical gardening skills while experiencing and connecting with where our food comes from!

Camp activities are planned based on the season and what is happening on the farm each day. In July, campers will help harvest cherries; and come August, we will have more cherry tomatoes than we can pick! Youth will try new vegetables & fruits, help with chicken chores, and explore soil, flowers, insects and worms while playing games, creating garden-inspired art projects, reading stories, and going on nature walks!

Wellspring Farm Camp offers one to five-day sessions to accommodate busy summer schedules. Programs are available for youth ages 6 to 16 and draw families from Milwaukee and the southeastern WI region, including the surrounding areas of West Bend, Grafton, Cedarburg, Kewaskum and Port Washington. Take a look below at all the fun happening on the farm this summer!
Please click to view and/or print the 2014 program registration packet

One-Day Theme Camps - Ages 6–9

One-day camps have morning and afternoon sessions featuring different activities. Campers can choose to attend both, making it a full day camp. Campers attending both sessions will have a 30 min break to enjoy their sack lunches brought from home.

In addition to activities focused on a specific theme, every camp session includes garden work, chicken chores, harvesting, tasting new produce, and farm based activities, crafts, games and more!
Pricing: $35 for one whole day, $20 for one half day.
Click to view and/or print the 2014 program registration packet

June 27th
9:30 am to Noon - Compost Kings!
Discover the magic of composting and Wellspring’s worm bins.
12:30 to 3 pm - Ready, Set, Grow!
Young horticulturists will explore the fascinating life cycle of plants.

July 29th
9:30 am to Noon - Organic Farmer for the Day
Be a farmer for the day and learn the role farms play in our lives!
12:30 to 3 pm - Nature Explorers
Learn about wildlife as we explore the garden, meadow and trails.

August 13th
9:30 am to Noon - Organic Farmer for the Day
Be a farmer for the day and learn the role farms play in our lives!
12:30 to 3 pm - Garden Art
Use plants, flowers and veggies to create projects to bring home!

Five-Day Farm Camps - Ages 6–9

August 4th - 8th
9:30 am to 3:00 pm daily
Pricing: $170 per camper
Click to view and/or print the 2014 program registration packet

Dig into summer farming fun! Campers spend five full days learning practical gardening skills, exploring plants and discovering what life is like on a farm! Youth will try new vegetables & fruits, help with chicken chores, and explore soil, flowers, insects and worms while playing games, creating garden-inspired art projects, reading stories, and going on nature walks.
Campers are to bring their own sack lunch and water bottle. Unlimited snacks from the garden provided!

Three and Five-Day Farm Camps - Ages 10 to 12

June 16th - 18th (Three-Day)
July 21st - 25th (Five-Day)
9:30 am to 3:00 pm daily
Pricing: 3-day, $105/camper
5-day, $170/camper
Click to view and/or print the 2014 program registration packet

Older campers have the opportunity to dig in deeper, learning about gardening and the role farms play in their lives. Campers will start each morning with farm chores such as feeding the Wellspring chickens, tending to plants and helping with harvests. Farm based games, hands-on activities and projects help campers build connections to the natural world and the source of their food! Campers are to bring their own sack lunch and water bottle. Unlimited snacks from the garden provided!

Agricorps

Summer Learning Program for Teens
Agricorps is a weeklong resident program for teens, ages 14 - 16, to learn business planning skills through organic farming. Agricorps members will receive educational lessons, lectures from local farmers and participate in hands on farming/gardening activities. Youth will learn how to grow veggies as well as various business skills that can be applied to a career in sustainable agriculture or any future endeavors.

At the end of the week, the group will help with a veggie harvest, put into place their marketing/advertising plan, and sell their produce with Wellspring at a Saturday farmers market!

Dates: July 7th through 12th

Lodging: Wellspring is a retreat and conference center with two dorm style guesthouses where Agricorps members will stay during the week. Boys will reside in one of the two guesthouses and girls in the other. A same-sex counselor will be on staff each night in the two respective houses.

Food: Throughout the week, campers will work together to prepare their evening meals, using fresh organic produce harvested from the Wellspring gardens! Healthy, organic breakfasts, lunches and unlimited snacks from the garden will be provided daily. We will work to accommodate any dietary restrictions: please indicate on registration form!

Pricing: $365/ Agricorps member. Includes overnight lodging, all meals, snacks and transportation to the farmers market.

Please click to view further program details and print the 2014 Agricorps program registration packet

PRESCHOOLERS AND PARENTS FARM DAYS

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! Please preregister as this program does sell out.
Cost: $6 per child. To register, please use the PayPal button below.

“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.

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- Tuesday, June 24th
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- Wednesday, September 10th
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- Tuesday, October 14th
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FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Farm to school is a movement to improve the health of all school aged children and communities, while supporting local and regional farmers. Through access to nutritious food, and sensory-based garden education, youth learn to appreciate and connect with where their food comes from.

In pursuit of this goal Wellspring has partnered both Kewaskum and Grafton Elementary schools, piloting initiatives to engage and teach youth about gardening and the source of their food. 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 Wellspring organic farm.

We are currently taking farm to school request from schools in Washington, Ozaukee and Milwaukee counties.

“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!

Cost: For schools within Ozaukee and Washington Counties - $30 per class and $15/ each additional class in the same grade level. A small fee will be added to this rate for classrooms outside of the two counties to cover mileage and driving time. 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, everything from monthly produce taste tests to field trips on the farm.

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. For more information on becoming a Garden Education Leader, please contact Francie at wellspringeducation@gmail.com.

School Gardens and Garden Based Education Trainings

This spring, in partnership with Community Groundworks, we will be hosting free school gardens and garden based education trainings for teachers as well as interested community members. Continuing Education Units available for early childhood educators. While free, spots are limited. Please RSVP to wellspring education@gmail.com or by calling (847) 946–5565

Tuesday, May 6th – 6 to 8 pm
School Garden and Garden Based Education Training
In this free follow-up workshop, participants will build on their knowledge of best practice youth garden and garden-based education planning and design with regard to program sustainability. Topics will include developing a mission and goals for your garden program, engaging your garden community, and planning for the future. Participants will share lessons learned and successes from their garden program and will hear about other youth garden programs across the state. Lessons and activities ideas will also be demonstrated in the Wellspring Education Garden!

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES

Home Gardening Classes

Wellspring offers a variety of hands on gardening courses with a focus on organic growing practices. Please visit our Events Page for the complete list of gardening classes in 2014!

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SEASONAL PRODUCE COOKING CLASSES

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 that are at their peak during the season. In each class, a chef leads demos and tastings, while providing healthy cooking tips. Wine served to accompany each tasting and recipe handouts for students to take home. Classes are held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 pm at Wellspring

Cost: $30 for those pre-registered the Monday before, $35 at the door (if openings) - $160 for the entire 6 class series. Please use the PayPal Buttons below to register.

2014 Season Class Schedule - Classes may be taken individually or as the complete series.
June 12 – Asparagus, Chef Greg Leon
July 10 – Herbs, Chef Karen Gill
August 14 – Tomatoes, Chef Greg Leon
September 11 – Kale, Chef Karen Gill
October 9 – Root Veggies, Chef Greg Leon
Nov. 13 - Thanksgiving Sides, Chef Karen Gill

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2014 Chefs

Chef Greg Leon, Head Chef – Amilinda, Milwaukee, WI
http://www.amilinda.com/chef_greg.php
A recent transplant to Milwaukee, Chef Gregory León was originally born in Oklahoma but grew up around the kitchen table in Venezuela. For the past eighteen years he has been cooking his way up the line in some of the hottest kitchens in San Francisco, including Hibiscus, Poesia, and Tapeo. Gregory describes his style of cooking as uncomplicated but with depth, always seasonal ingredients and with a soul. He is fond of the flavors of Spain, Portugal, Venezuela and The Deep South. To sharpen his culinary skills, in several occasions he worked and traveled extensively through out Spain and France. Not only is Chef León’s experience in the preparation of food and day-to-day operations of the kitchen but also in the opening and rebranding of restaurants.

Chef Karen Gill, The Down to Earth Chef - Personal Chef
http://www.downtoearthchef.com
Chef Karen Gill comes to us personally recommended from KC!
Planning, reading, blogging, teaching, cooking, growing, eating. If the subject is about food, count her in! Karen Gill has been passionate about food for over 20 years. Working as a personal chef since 2004, she has cooked for thousands of people, preparing meals to their specifications, including gluten-free, grain free, vegan and raw foods. Thanks to travel to 20 different countries and people’s ever changing eating habits, Karen is always expanding her cooking repertoire. Favorites include soups, stuffed meats, raw treats, anything coffee and Bibimbap, a Korean, rice bowl. Her passion lies in sharing the message that food matters and it is her belief that obtaining, preparing and eating healthy food makes everything better!

Wellspring Cooking Class Manifesto
Through cooking workshops and classes, Wellspring strives to fulfill our mission of inspiring and teaching people to prepare and eat healthy food. In keeping with our commitment to support local producers and sustainable growing practices, all food used by chefs and instructors in our cooking will meet the following standards:
- All produce is fresh from Wellspring’s Gardens; Certified Organic and GMO Free
- Organic meet and dairy will be used. Local and pasture finished products will be used whenever possible.

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.

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