Spring is Time for Breaking Ground

Getting Grounded

At the beginning of this week, Tom Haynes stopped by the farm to oversee his new project: our improved welcome area. Tom Haynes is the founder and owner of the Haynes Group, located in Seymour. The Haynes Group focuses on outdoor living, landscaping and masonry, stone living, aggregate, construction and development. When he heard that we were looking to improve our farm entrance, he offered his support and expertise while also promising to remain cost-effective for a small yet growing non-profit like ours. These improvements will include an additional permeable parking area behind the barn, handicap spaces and safer pedestrian pathways.
After working hard the last two years to fundraise and finding projected costs prohibitive, this was exactly what the farm needed. It goes without saying that when the Haynes crew started work here last week, we were beyond excited. We’re looking forward to safer pedestrian pathways that wills separate foot from vehicle traffic, dedicated handicap spaces and more parking for all our farm visitors.
We are so grateful for Tom Haynes and the Haynes Group for bringing our new welcome area into fruition. THANK YOU!

MelonHead Team Ride!

On April 13th at 10am, the Massaro MelonHeads will be meeting at Amity Bike Shop for a practice ride! One of the owners, Kurt, will give us some brief tips on how to check our bike’s safety and then we’ll go for a brief ride around the area. Feel free to leave your bike for a tune up before the big ride!
The Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride is on April 27 in New Haven. The goal of the ride is to grow a greener, healthier, more just community.
 Any questions? Contact Becca at [email protected].

Getting Your Garden Ready

at Ansonia Nature Center on April 17, 6-8pm

Join Massaro Community Farm and the Ansonia Nature Center onWednesday April 17 from 6-8pm for a workshop,“Getting Your Garden Ready.” Our Education Director, Corey Thomas, and Farmer Becca Toms will share steps for prepping your garden for spring and summer plantings. Learn organic techniques to grow a healthy garden for a bountiful season. Bring your questions and comments as we prepare for the exciting growing season to come.
Register now as space is limited and you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to grow your mind and garden!

Beekeeping Workshops

2019 Classes:
April 13, 2019 – Spring Inspection
9-10:30am & 11:30am-1:00pm
All Remaining Workshops will only offer ONE morning session, from 9-10:30am on the farm:
May 11, 2019 – Inspection and Supering
May 25, 2019 – Nucleus Hives and Summer Hive Management
June 15, 2019 – Honey Flow & Mite Monitoring and Control
July 20, 2019 – Fall Hive Preparation
September 14, 2019 – Winter Hive Preparation
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Team MelonHead Happy Hour at New England Brewing on March 22! View more photos from the evening here.
Massaro Community Farm greatly appreciates the continued support and partnership of Zinc New Haven and its owners, Denise Appel and Donna Curran. Zinc New Haven Restaurant offers globally inspired, locally sourced food for all dining experiences.

We’re Grateful for our Supporters:

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Valley Community Foundation
The MFUNd * William & Jeannie Graustein
The La Tronica Family
(Fair Winds Farm, Lock Stock & Barrel, The UPS Store)
The Crippled Children’s Fund
Paul & Judith DeCoster * Southern CT State University
Katharine Matthies Foundation * NewAlliance Foundation
Buckley, Wynne & Parese * Griffin Hospital
Real Living-Wareck D’Ostillio * Joyce Printers * Perrigo Inc.
The Kayne Family * Union Mutual Insurance Co.
BIC Corporation * Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Early Family Foundation* Hocon Gas, Inc.
 Schaefer Inspection Services
A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * Hagani Foundation
Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC
Svendsen Agency * Marcus Insurance * Stop & Shop