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Cooperative businesses seen as path to sustainability

Paul Tuthll
The Wellspring Harvest Greenhouse in Indian Orchard, a worker-owned cooperative that produces hydroponically-grown lettuce.

Tours part of Earth Day celebration in Springfield's Indian Orchard neighborhood

An Earth Day event will highlight sustainability initiatives in one neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The program includes a tour of community-building projects in the Indian Orchard neighborhood with a focus on cooperative businesses, affordable housing and land trusts, locally grown food, and climate action.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Fred Rose, co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, one of a half-dozen organizations co-sponsoring the event.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.