Heroes of the Week: Wellspring Volunteers
Wellspring is working toward raising the next generation of farmers by offering numerous educational programs and opportunities for any and all ages. A notable program is their Farm to School initiative, which connects youth with the source of their food by bringing fresh produce to cafeterias, teaching classes about growing organic produce and taking students on field trips. Szostak said that some kids had never seen a chicken or didn’t know that a carrot was grown underground. “Coming to Wellspring is a good way for kids to experience what life is like on an organic farm and get their hands dirty, try veggies and learn through fun games,” she says.
Volunteers are vital to the farm and Szostak states that Wellspring “couldn’t get what we do done without the wonderful, wonderful staff and volunteers.” Currently the nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help with educational field trips and summer camps, gardeners for the large flowerbeds, and those interested in fundraising. Most importantly, Wellspring is looking for a donation of a new or used farm truck—a very important piece of equipment for everything they do. For more information about volunteering or donating, visit wellspringinc.org.