Dear Wellspring Farm CSA members, customers, and friends,
I’m writing to tell you of changes on our farm. After 11 years growing food for the central Vermont community at Wellspring Farm, both the land and I are ready for a rest. In 2014 the farm will be closed in order to allow me the chance to take a step back, relax and reassess.
It is a testament to our collective success at establishing a thriving, community-based farm that I am able to take time off. For the immediate future, I will continue to contribute to sustainable agriculture through visiting other farms, teaching and farm business consulting (www.mimiarnstein.com).
It has been a wonderfully rewarding experience developing Wellspring Farm thus far. I have been professionally and personally enriched by the support that I have received from our CSA members and customers.
Whether it be the special thank yous and expressions of appreciation, or donations to our subsidized share program, or volunteering to help with a harvest, or a chef that made the extra effort to include local products on a menu, all has made Wellspring Farm more than just a business. It is an expression of our community. Thank you for being a part of the farm.
I appreciate your support and enthusiasm for the fruits of our labor. It has been an honor to serve the community and provide sustenance, nourishment and a place for neighbors to interact. I hope you will continue to be involved with local farms and farming while Wellspring Farm rests. It takes a village and everyone has a role to play in keeping our land active and in production. I’ll be in touch! With gratitude,
Follow along with Mimi and Parker on the News page as they travel south to Cuba, Peurto Rico, Mexico and points south.
Many thanks to all our members, friends and families who helped make 2013 another wonderful season. And a very special "Thank you" to Kenzie and Alex. We couldn't have done it without you! The farmer is now in hibernation for a much needed rest.
Since 2003, we have been growing five acres of high quality certified organic vegetables and flowers on our beautiful farm on the banks of the Winooski River in Marshfield, Vermont. The majority of our produce is sold via community supported agriculture, or CSA. Our enthusiastic CSA members pick up their produce weekly at the farm or in Montpelier from mid June to early October. Shares include an abundance of fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables and fruit direct from our fields. Enjoy pick-your-own crops like peas, beans, cherry tomatoes and flowers for an on-farm experience. Notice the changes in the season, cut flowers in the garden with a friend, and keep farmland active in your community! Wellspring Farm is the recipient of the 2005 Conservation Farm of the Year Award Awarded by the Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District.
Wellspring Farm is conveniently located on Route 2 in Marshfield, 13 miles from Montpelier, along the beautiful Winooski River.
From the west -- Take Route 2 east past the town of Plainfield. Turn right onto Patty's Crossing immediately after signs for Meadowcrest Campground (approx. 4 miles beyond Plainfield village). Go over bridge. Turn right to Lafirira Place. The farm is at the dead end.
From the east -- Take Route 2 west past Marshfield village. Turn left onto Patty's Crossing (approx. 3 miles from Marshfield village). Go over bridge. Turn right to Lafirira Place. The farm is at the dead end.
Directions to Montpelier CSA Pickup location: Thursdays, 4-6 PM. Located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, next to Alumni Hall at the top of East State Street.
Wellspring Farm: Recipient of the Conservation Farm of the Year Award (2005) Awarded by the Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!
Wellspring Farm CSA is a small scale farm business that produces the highest quality produce for our community. We provide healthy, fresh food, strengthen community, and educate about farm sustainability issues. We teach our apprentices all aspects of small scale farming in order to create farmers of the future. We create a fine quality of farm life that supports our economic, social and emotional well being. To meet these objectives we:
- Practice ecological responsibility for all living things
- Provide a safe workplace that is financially stable
- Pursue a livelihood in which physical and mental demands are challenging yet enjoyable
- Develop a pathway where supporters interact and build upon our sense of community
Wellspring Farm is USDA certified organic.
We want you to know just how much you can trust the food we produce for your table. To that end, we have transparent production on our farm. You can walk our fields, talk to the farmers, volunteer on harvest days, read our food safety practices, check out our equipment and storage facilities.
Wellspring Farm has been farmed organically since the late 1980s. Prior to that, cows roamed our pasture and were milked in our historic barn. Wellspring has been the home to a famous resident: Luvia Lafirira. Luvia was a woman with clairvoyant visions. Folks throughout central Vermont tell us stories of getting their fortune told or finding a lost pet with the help of Luvia. She believed that our land and natural springs were a source of powerful energy; hence our chosen moniker, Wellspring.
One local resident remembers Luvia and offered this remembrance: I lived in the small house on your farm from 1975 through 1978 and knew Luvia and her husband George. Luvia told me that she was aware of her clairvoyant powers since she was a small girl growing up in Plainfield Village where her father was a blacksmith. She repeatedly said that she felt all of us have access to the same powers/insights. It was just a matter of being able to “see”. Luvia felt that the spring on your farm was a source of energy and was perhaps sacred. She used to comment that Lord’s Hill (the hill overlooking the farm) was a power source that was recognized by Native Americans. Luvia was very well known for her ability to locate lost items – and people. There was one incident where she helped the Maine state police to find a lost boy – in Maine without her ever leaving Marshfield !
Luvia and George are buried in the cemetery off US Route 2 near the East Montpelier/Plainfield boundary. A scene from the farm with them in the horse and buggy is engraved on their stone.
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