2014 Class and Event Calendar - Early Season!

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Questions about classes or registration? Please contact our Education Department at (847) 946–5565

Reminder: There will be no Dog Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, April 27th!
Due to the long winter, heavy snows, and a wet spring, our grounds at Wellspring will not be able to support the egg hunt due to overly wet conditions. Since our growing and busy season starts immediately following, there is not a time to reschedule it either.
Hopefully we will be able to re-host the event next season!

Thursday, April 24th – 6 to 9 pm
Herbal Soap Making
Learn to make soap in your own kitchen. This hands on class will introduce participants to the process of making old fashioned soap, it will take the mystery out of soap making, and also provide information about herbs from the garden that can be added to soap. Participants will take home soap that we make in class as well as recipes for future use.
Cost: $60 per person until April 21st, $65 after



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Saturday, April 26th – 9 to 11 am
Composting 101
Improve the fertility of your garden soil! Learn home composting basics including: what can be composted, pile maintenance, how to harvest finished compost and garden bed application. Different styles of piles will be introduced, decide which is best for your home! 

Cost: $25 till 4/23, $30 after



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Sunday, April 27th – 2 to 4 pm
Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Due to the long winter and heavy snows, Wellspring grounds will not be able to support this activity in April due to overly wet conditions. Due to our growing season starting immediately following this time, we regretfully cancel this year’s event. Refunds will be issued.

Saturday, May 3rd – 10 am to 3:30 pm
Women’s Day of Wellness with Herbalist Linda Conroy
Focusing on wellness and nourishment this mini retreat will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated. Participants will spend the day in community, exploring approaches to nourishment and health. Learning about the herbs that grow around us and our relationship to the natural world, we will take an herb walk, create an herbal lotion, herbal sachets, tea blends and an herbal elixir. Participants will leave inspired and rejuvenated with recipes and the items that we make in class. A wonderful Mother/Daughter activity for Mother’s Day! Organic lunch and snack are included.
Cost: $75 till 4/30, $80 after.



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Saturday, May 3rd – 9:30 to 11 am
Container Gardening Workshop
Who says you need a large yard to grow your own food! Learn principles for growing a successful container garden. Bring your own container, and go home with a garden!
Cost: $35 till 4/30, $45 after. Includes soil and seedlings. -$20 per additional household members. (For those sharing a container)
Please bring a container that is between 5 to 10 gallons, with a minimum of 10″ wide. The type of container is up to you! Ideas: ceramic or terracotta pots, plastic bucket with whole drilled, plastic pot container.



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Tuesday, May 6th – 6 to 8 pm
School Garden and Garden Based Education Training
In this free workshop, participants learn about planning and designing youth gardens and education programs, 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 activity ideas will also be demonstrated in the Wellspring Education Garden! Open to educators and interested community members! Continuing Education Units available for early childhood educators.
Cost: Free to attend! Please RSVP to wellspringeducation@gmail.com

Thursday, May 8th – 6 to 9 pm
Fermentation: Making Sauerkraut, Pickles and Beyond. With Linda Conroy
Preserving vegetables with live-cultures — this is Lacto-Fermentation, an ancient practice experiencing contemporary revival. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn about the science, method and magic of “wild fermentation”. We will transform local, seasonal vegetables into delicious treats. Participants will take some of our preparations to bring home. Samples, instruction and recipes will be provided. Please bring 2 pint canning jars so that you can take home some of our preparations. $60 per person until May 5th, $65 after.



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Saturday, May 10th – 10 to 11:30 am
Family Farm Day
Bring the whole family out to experience a morning on an organic farm! Tours, hands on activities, garden based games, veggie tastings and more!
Cost:$5 per family member. Ages 3 and under are free. Spots are limited!



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Saturday, May 10th – 9 am to Noon
Introduction to Permaculture
Join Wellspring’s Permaculturist, Adrian Lee, for this three-hour introduction course on permaculture principles and fundamentals! From its’ roots in 1970′s Australia, permaculture has been an “integrative design science” that blends the use of regenerative technologies of native cultures/ plants and modern society to live a low-impact and highly abundant lifestyle. Permaculturalists use distinct ethics and principles to guide their design process and daily actions. With this class you will gain a better understanding of these ethics and how they can be integrated into your lifestyle. We will focus on how permaculture applies not only to producing abundant gardens, but to our buildings, energy systems, water usage, businesses, and much more.
Cost: $30/ person till 5/7. $35 after



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Saturday, May 10th – 1 to 5 pm
Introduction to Herbalism
Join Herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun and informative afternoon. Herbs are the most commonly used remedies around the world. By understanding a few concepts, you can address common issues with basic home remedies. During this workshop participants will be introduced to the foundations of herbal medicine as well as common plants that grow in this region. The last part of this class will be spent preparing an herbal extract (tincture) as well as infused oil, which participants will take home. A handout will be provided. $60/ person until 5/7, $65 after



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Wednesday, May 14th – 6 to 7:00 pm
“Salad” and Herb Container Gardening Workshop
Who says you need a large yard to grow your own food! Learn principles for growing a successful “salad” and herb container garden. Bring your own container, and go home with a garden!
Cost: $35 till 5/11, $45 after. Includes soil and seedlings. – Cost for additional household member wanting to attend and share a container - $20 per additional household members.



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Saturday, May 17th – 10 am to 2 pm
Garden Prep Event - Organic Seedling & Plant Sale and Free Workshops
A wide variety of certified organic veggie and herb seedlings and plants! Free organic gardening workshops on soil nutrition, composting and transplanting! Local gardening supply vendors!
Cost: Free to Attend!

Wednesday, May 28th – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost: $75 for the six-week series (equals $12.50/class), $18 for one time, drop in class rate.
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Wednesday, May 28th – 9:30 to 10:30 am or 1 to 2 pm
Preschoolers and Parents Farm Day
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: $6 per child. Adult must accompany. Please preregister as this program does sell out.



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Wednesday, June 4th – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost:$18 for one time, drop in class rate.
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Saturday, June 7th – 9am to 10:30 am
Worm Bin Workshop
Learn about vermiculture and how to start a home worm composting system. Hands on demonstrations, create your own worm bin to take home! 

Cost: $40 till 6/4, $50 after - Includes portable worm bin and worms
 Cost for additional household member wanting to attend and share a worm bin - $20 per additional household members.



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Saturday, June 7th - 10 am to Noon
Wellspring Permaculture Tour
Join Wellspring’s permaculturist, Adrian Lee, for a two-hour tour of our grounds to view how we have integrated renewable technologies and regenerative agricultural systems to live more holistically. From the simple, to the complex, we will walk and discuss sustainable practices that can easily be integrated into your life. Whether you live on 120 acres or in the inner city, there is always something more within your reach. Come and be inspired!
Cost: $12/ person



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Sunday, June 8th – 2 to 6 pm
Dr. Bronner Birthday Party
Join us as we celebrate the birthday of a long time friend of Wellspring, Ralph Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap! Bring your bathing suit as the soap foam hose will be back! Free food, music, games and fun for the public!

Wednesday, June 10th – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost:$18 for one time, drop in class rate.
Drop in Class Registration



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Thursday, June 12th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Produce Cooking – Asparagus - Chef Greg Leon
Wellspring offers a 6 class 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. Highlighted seasonal produce for the June class is asparagus!

Cost: One class: $30 till 6/9, $35 after. $160 for the entire 6 class series.

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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Saturday, June 14th – 10 am to 3:30 pm
Beyond the Basics Cheese Making: Gouda and Cheddar
Join cheese maker Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs as we focus on two styles of cheese that you can easily make at home. Participants will be guided through the process of making each cheese, with a focus on details. From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself. Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed and participants will leave with recipes, a culture and a bottle of rennet to get them started. Samples and lunch will be provided.
Cost: $70 per person until June 11th, $80 after. Includes lunch, cheese samples and cultures to take home.



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Wednesday, June 17th – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost:$18 for one time, drop in class rate.
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Thursday, June 19th – 6 to 7 pm
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date.
Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Saturday, June 21th – 9am to 12 pm
Food Preservation Workshop - Strawberries
Learn food preservation techniques such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating in this hands on class. Bring home a jar of canned garden goodies - Think strawberry rhubarb jam!
Cost: $35 until 6/18, $40 after



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Saturday, June 21th – 10 to 11:30 am
Family Farm Day
Bring the whole family out to experience a morning on an organic farm! Tours, hands-on activities, garden based games, veggie tastings and more!
Cost: $5 per family member. Ages 3 and under are free. Please preregister as this program does sell out.



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Wednesday, June 24th – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost:$18 for one time, drop in class rate.
Drop in Class Registration



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Tuesday, June 24th – 9:30 to 10:30 am or 1 to 2 pm
Preschoolers and Parents Farm Day
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: $6 per child. Please preregister as this program does sell out. (Adult must accompany)



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Thursday, June 28th – 10 to 11 am
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date. Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Saturday, June 28th – 10 am to 3:30 pm
Home Cheese Making Basics
Learn the art of cheese making in this hands on class. Sample and learn to create several styles of cheese that can be cultivated at home including cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, kefir and others. Participants will be able to build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese at home.
Cost: $70 until 6/25, $80 after - includes lunch, cheese samples and cultures to take home.



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Wednesday, July 2nd – 8 to 9 am
Yoga for Gardeners with Sandy Byrne
Any gardener will tell you that gardening is good for the soul and the spirit, yet can wreak havoc on the body!!! In this six-week series, (May 28th through July 2nd) you will learn how to tend to your body, while you are tending to the earth! We will practice sequences to address individual needs including pre-gardening and post-gardening routines to maintain strength and flexibility, and relieve common gardening aches and pains.
Classes will be held outside so that we may enjoy nature while we enjoy our practice. An indoor location at Wellspring will be available at in the case of inclement weather. Please bring your own yoga mat - no previous yoga experience required!
Cost:$18 for one time, drop in class rate.
Drop in Class Registration



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Thursday, July 10th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Produce Cooking – Culinary Herbs- Chef Karen Gill
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. Highlighted seasonal produce for July is Culinary herbs!
Cost: $30 till 7/7, $35 after.



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Wednesday, July 23th – 6 to 7 pm
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date. Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under.
Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Sunday, July 27th – 4 to 8 pm
Taste of Wellspring – Annual Farm to Table Fundraiser
at Mequon Nature Preserve
Wellspring Organic Farm’s annual fundraiser benefits the organization’s educational programs. 
For the event, chefs from the three county area get creative and serve up gourmet dishes featuring Wellspring’s certified organic produce. An evening full of local food, live music, silent auction and raffles/games are all part of the fun! Registration to come!

Thursday, August 7th – 6 to 9 pm
Organic Baby Food Making With Master Preserver Christina Ward
Many baby foods can be overly processed and contain synthetic ingredients. Join Master Preserver, Christina Ward, in this hands on class to learn how easy it can be to make your own baby food with fresh, organic produce! Preparation, storage and recipes tips will be covered. Students will work together to make their own baby food to bring home. All supplies will be provided.
Cost: $50 until 8/4, $55 after.



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Saturday, August 9th – 10 am to Noon
Brunch Using Seasonal Produce - Chef Greg Leon
Impress your family and friends with brunch using seasonal ingredients! Chef Greg Leon will lead demos, tastings and give cooking tips. Recipes to take home! Cost: $30 till 11/3, $35 after.



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Saturday, August 9th – 10 to 11 am
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date. Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under.
Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Thursday, August 14th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Produce Cooking – Tomatoes- Chef Greg Leon
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. Highlighted seasonal produce for August is Tomatoes! Cost: $30 till 8/11, $35 after.



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Thursday, August 21th – 6 to 7 pm
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date. Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under.
Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Saturday, August 23th – 10 to 11:30 am
Family Farm Day
Bring the whole family out to experience a morning on an organic farm! Tours, hands-on activities, garden based games, veggie tastings and more! $5 per family



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Thursday, September 4th – 6 to 8 pm
Wellspring Permaculture Tour
Join Wellspring’s permaculturist, Adrian Lee, for a two-hour tour of our grounds to view how we have integrated renewable technologies and regenerative agricultural systems to live more holistically. From the simple, to the complex, we will walk and discuss sustainable practices that can easily be integrated into your life. Whether you live on 120 acres or in the inner city, there is always something more within your reach. Come and be inspired! Cost: $12/ person



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Saturday, September 6th – 9am to 12 pm
Food Preservation Workshop - Tomatoes
Learn food preservation techniques such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating in this hands on class. Bring home a jar of canned garden goodies featuring tomatoes! $35 until 9/3, $40 after



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Saturday, September 6th – 10 to 11 am
Tasting Tour
Tour participants learn about all the systems working together on an organic veggie farm, while walking the fields and sampling veggies in season! Tasting tours are open to the public, please reserve your spot prior to tour date. Cost: $9/ adults, $6 for children 12 and under.
Don’t see a PayPal option for your group size? Please contact us at (847) 946–5565



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Saturday, September 6th – 2 to 6 pm
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Learn about foraging safety, ethics, and plant families. Collect, harvest, and taste wild edibles currently in season. After the foray, enjoy appetizers featuring plants found on the tour. Bring home what you collect as well as recipes and guides for future foraging!
Cost: $35/ person, $40 after 9/3



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