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.

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

Thursday, November 6th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Desserts Cooking Class - with Chef Greg Leon of Amilinda
Impress your family and friends this holiday season! Learn to create festive, seasonal desserts, using locally sourced products and seasonal produce! Chef Greg Leon will lead demos, tasting and give cooking tips. Wine served and recipes to take home!
Cost: $30 till 11/3, $35 after.

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Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th - 10 am to 4 pm Each Day
Traditional Food Weekend: Hands-On Learning!

Immerse yourself in a weekend workshop all about learning traditional ways to prepare nourishing, healthy foods! Led by Linda Conroy and John Holzwart of Moonwise Herbs, students will go home with the knowledge to start or expand upon their own traditional food preparation. In these hands-on workshops, students will work together, learning and creating several types of traditional food to make and take home.

Workshop participants can elect to take the whole weekend workshop (Saturday and Sunday) or individual days. The schedule for each day is listed below.

Fermented Beverages: Beer, Wine, Meade, Soda Making and more! 
Learn how easy it is to make beer, wine, meade and soda in your own kitchen. Learning the basics, participants will leave feeling confident in making their own beverages at home. Discussions about influencing your beverages with herbs and fruit for promoting health will be included. Each person will leave with a bottle that we cork together, as well as a soda culture to get them started!

You are What you Eat! The Art of Nourishing Soup Stocks
Learn to promote health through this time honored food preservation practice. This class will share approaches to creating nutrient dense bone, beef, chicken, vegetable or mushroom broths and/or stocks. The addition of herbs will also be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will create several stocks together and will take them home at the end of the day. In addition to making the stocks, recipes for using them in other meals kitchen for optimal nourishment will be shared. Class includes recipes, instruction, inspiration and stock to take home. Bring 2 x quart jars in order to take stock home with you!
Lunch this day will include a hearty soup with a rich stock base

Fermentation: Making Sauerkraut, Pickles and Beyond

  • Full day intensive Class

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 nurture at home. Samples, instruction and recipes will be provided. Please bring 2 x pint canning jars so that you can take home some of our preparations.

The cost of the workshops covers all supplies (except for canning jars) and a gourmet lunch.

Costs: $90 for one day, $160 for both days.
To register, please use the PayPal buttons below or call (847) 946–5565.

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Thursday, November 13th – 6 to 8 pm
Seasonal Produce Cooking – Thanksgiving Sides - With Chef Karen Gill - The Down to Earth Chef
Forget Mushy Green Bean Casserole - the seasonal produce theme for November is Thanksgiving Side Dishes! 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.
Cost: $30 for those pre-registered the Monday before, $35 at the door (if openings)

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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 to schedule a consultation.

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