Wellspring Cooperative


Meet Pioneer Valley's
Worker Co-ops
where workers own their own business

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 
11:45 Registration and food
12-1:00 Panel and discussion

Scibelli Enterprise Center, SEC training room
1 Federal St., Springfield, MA (Map)
7 Co-op Principles

Join us for lunch and meet some of the worker cooperatives in the Pioneer Valley.

Did you know that the Pioneer Valley is one of the most co-op dense regions in the country? Come hear from a few of the local worker cooperatives - where workers own their own business.

  • Energia, energy efficiency services
  • Toolbox for Education and Social Action, creating tools and programs for causes
  • Real Pickles, producers of, well, real pickles
  • Wellspring Cooperative, building a network of co-ops in Springfield

Sponsored by the Worker Cooperative Boot Camp project - a workforce training program offered through Springfield Technical Community College, in partnership with Wellspring Cooperative, Arise for Social Justice, United Food & Commercial Workers 1459, YWCA, and the Association of Black and Business Professionals.

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Wellspring Breaks Ground on Springfield’s First Production Greenhouse:


Celebrate with us at a Press Conference and Reception:

Thursday June 8th, 2017 

11am to 12pm— at the greenhouse site (121 Pinevale St) 

12pm to 1pm—reception at the Greater New Life Christian Center (1326 Worcester St)


Cooperatives & the African American Struggle

for Justice, Survival and Economic Development


Thursday April 27, 2017

4:45-5:00 pm registration & REFRESHMENTS      5:00-7:00 Workshop

Techspring, 5th floor, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103

(Parking validation will be provided)


Copies of Dr. Nembhard’s book will be available for purchase and signing.


Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of the groundbreaking book, Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice, will facilitate an exploration of the rich history of African American economic cooperation and its role in movements for Black Civil Rights and economic equality.


Drawing on this inspiring history, participants will:

  • Understand the compelling case for using cooperatives in inclusive economic development strategies;

  • Understand how cooperatives address poverty and the marginalization of communities of color and immigrants;

  • Understand how cooperatives can bridge divides in the common interest of creating good jobs that are rooted in the community;

  • Understand how cooperatives create opportunities for business ownership, wealth building and democratic management.


About the Speaker: Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY. She is also a member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, and the US Solidarity Economy Network; and a member of the Leadership Team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC. She was inducted into the Co-op Hall of Fame in 2016.

This workshop is one of a series of public events about cooperatives that are being organized as part of the Worker Cooperative Boot Camp Project. This Wellspring Cooperative initiative brings together a range of partners to develop a worker co-op certificate program through the Workforce Training program at Springfield Technical Community College. Participants of this certificate program will learn what it takes to work in a cooperative or to start one of their own.


Worker Cooperative Boot Camp Project partners include Arise for Social Justice, Association of Black Business and Professionals, Springfield Technical Community College, Workforce Training Program, United Food & Commercial Workers 1459, Wellspring Cooperative, and YWCA.


Workshop proudly sponsored by Baystate Health and Wellspring Cooperative



Invest In Your Values

Join us for light refreshments and demonstrations of healthy cooking & hydroponics.

Learn about an exciting opportunity to invest in Wellspring Harvest,

an urban hydroponic greenhouse co-operative, creating jobs, worker ownership and

fresh, local produce all year round in Springfield, MA.


When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM


Where: Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108

(map & directions)

Special guest: Mayor Domenic Sarno


We hope that you will come and learn about an opportunity to invest in Wellspring Harvest, a commercial hydroponic greenhouse and urban agriculture training center in inner city Springfield, MA. This initiative will bring good jobs and healthy food to under-served communities in the city.
Wellspring is conducting a direct public offering. Each share is $1,000 ($5,000 for qualified investors). We are thrilled to report that we just reached our initial goal of $200,000 in four months! Given this success, we are doing a second round to raise an additional $50,000 directly from people who care about the things that this greenhouse and training center will support:

- sustainable urban agriculture
- local fresh food production
- job creation
- worker ownership
- wealth building & economic democracy
- training about sustainable urban agriculture for students and the local community
- a replicable model for community-based urban greenhouse and worker ownership

For more information about Wellspring Harvest and the investment opportunity, please visit our Wellspring Investment Fund page.

Thanks. Hope to see you there!

Host Committee for the Carriage House Event

Patrick Sullivan, Director of Parks and Facilities for City of Springfield
Mark Jeffrey, Sodexo District Manager for Springfield Public Schools
Frank Robinson, Vice President Community Relations, Baystate Health
Glenn Welch, President, Freedom Credit Union
Tom Jenkins, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Fred Rose, Co-director, Wellspring Cooperative,
Emily Kawano, Co-director, Wellspring Cooperative

Please RSVP to Emily emilykawano@gmail.com or Fred frose@pubpol.umass.edu

WellsprinG Harvest - Community Workshops

Wellspring Harvest hosted three Commmunity Workshops on Urban agricultureCont