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YOU Can Make a Difference - Please invest in the many initiatives impacting our food system and our health!

 
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Did you know?  Wellspring's work impacts EVERY level of our local food system.  Our work ensures growers for the future, stewardship of the land and our environment, economic strength and community empowerment.  Want to learn more? Contact Executive Director, Angela Rester at wellspringed@aol.com 
  • Agri-CORPS teens developed and implemented the education program, BEE Knowledge. They and others teach all ages the importance of pollinators for our planet's health.  In 2016 we will have three beehives after only one for the past year.
  • Wellspring has Farm2School programming in 4 School Districts (Kewaskum, Grafton, West Bend and Cedarburg - Mequon will begin in 2016) - most of these programs are monthly education classes AND monthly produce tasting in the cafeteria for all students. Three schools are also growing in raised beds and the veggies are being used in the cafeteria.
    • Students are independently choosing to try new produce and
    • Wellspring initiatives and education are having a direct economic impact in the region.
      • Sales at local grocers show increased purchasing of the featured veggie of the month anywhere from 100% to 400% for the same veggie from the sales in the previous year.
      • The only attributable differences affecting the increased sales is the education in the grade school and the monthly veggie tasting along with signage at the store.
    • Parents receive newsletter with information about the featured veggie nutritional value and recipes for the veggie
    • Home-school groups, preschools, and classrooms visit Wellspring throughout the year for hands-on learning about gardening, the environment, and more.
  • Implemented the Eastern Wisconsin Virtual Food Hub in partnership with the Ozaukee and Washington County Health Departments/IMPACT and served as the catalyst for a Food Summit and several subsequent meetings to bring this Virtual Food Hub (debuted May 2015) to Eastern Wisconsin. Provided thru a partnership with Farmers Web this will facilitate a means of getting local food into institutions such as schools, hospitals, grocery stores, nursing homes, etc.
    • 38 regional farmers gave voice to the project, along with 5 school districts, 3 hospital systems and many more 
  • Wellspring farm interns and former farm managers now own their own farms, work for other farms and/or community garden projects or have remained active in the local organic food movement. Hundreds of others have learned how to grow their own food in community gardens, backyard gardens, and in containers.
  • Nearly 100 educational workshops and classes are now held by Wellspring annually to teach growing, preparing and eating healthy food. 
  • In June of 2015, Wellspring began stewardship of 30 acres (rented) to restore the health of the soil after decades of chemicals and pesticides. After 3 years of dynamic plantings and cover crops, including 20 seed blend "cocktails" and soil amendments, 20 acres will come into use by Wellspring to rest our current fields and to develop an incubator farm with opportunities for young and beginning farmers.
  • Wisconsin Local Food Network approached and contracted with Wellspring to provide management services to run the nonprofit that is committed to local food and now celebrating its 10th year of Local Food Summits. 
  • Much more is happening - contact us for more information - 262-488-4747.


Become a Friend of Wellspring
Friends support the organization and have access to Wellspring’s 36 acres of woods, meadows, prairies, ponds, river trails, labyrinth and gardens. Friends receive a $10 discount for an overnight stay, using Wellspring’s Bed and Breakfast rooms or the Guest House cottage. Friends receive the Wellspring Seasonal Newsletter as a way of keeping in touch and staying informed. Friends help when they can as volunteers. Friends have been the backbone of Wellspring since 1982.
Friends know that they support Wellspring in continuing to provide programming, education, and resources committed to it’s mission of inspiring and teaching people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. In so doing, they support us in transforming food systems and building community AND positively impacting everyone’s food safety, security and sovereignty!
Become a Friend today at one of these levels:
Amount & Recognition Level 
__$10,000 +               "Farm"acy Stakeholder 
__$2,500 - $9,999      Community Advocate 
__$1,000 - $2,499      Earth Steward 
__ $  500 - $   999      Ecology Partner 
__ $  250 - $   499      Trailblazer 
__ $  100 - $   249      Seed Saver 
__ $    50 - $     99      Harvester 
__ $    25 - $     49      Planter
or a donation of any amount $___

No gift is too large OR to small to become a member of the Asparagus Society. Like the asparagus crown that is planted and annually gifts us with its wonderful fruit, your legacy gift from your will/estate supports Wellspring in fulfilling its mission and in making a real positive difference in our local food system.
Please note in the comments if you wish your donation to be applied toward Partner Share (subsidy CSA program), Farm 2 School or other educational programs, farmer training, new greenhouse, new, used pick-up truck, renovated retreat and conference center space, operations to support the overall organization, or to use where there is the greatest need.
Contact Executive Director, Angie Rester if you would like to donate an item for our 2016 Taste of Wellspring event or to be a sponsor for one of several events (Spring Garden Party, Taste of Wellspring/Farm to Table, Agri-CULTURE Fest), or to discuss a planned gift to Wellspring as part of the Asparagus Society. wellspringed@aol.com
Please send a check to Wellspring or use the "Donate" button below to make an online donation
To mail a check make it out to Wellspring, Inc., and then mail it to 4382 Hickory Rd., West Bend, WI 53012.
or donate any amount online - should you wish to do a monthly on-going contribution or discuss naming Wellspring in your estate planning and to become a member of the Asparagus Society, please contact Wellspring at 262-675-6755