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Worker co-op greenhouse announces expansion plans

Paul Tuthill
Wellspring Cooperatives co-director Fred Rose discusses plans to double the size of the Wellspring Harvest commercial greenhouse at celebration of the worker co-ops 4th anniversary.

Commercial hydroponic greenhouse has been a success after 4 years

A worker-owned cooperative commercial hydroponic greenhouse today celebrated four years in business in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The greenhouse was constructed on a once notoriously polluted property – the former Chapman Valve factory in the city’s Indian Orchard neighborhood.

Since its inception, the Wellspring Harvest greenhouse has grown more than 340,000 heads of lettuce that have been sold to local supermarkets, hospitals, college cafeterias, and to individuals through online ordering.

At an event marking the anniversary, it was announced a fund raising campaign is beginning to build a second greenhouse to eventually double production.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Fred Rose, co-director of Wellspring Cooperatives, the developers of the greenhouse.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.