CT NOFA WINTER CONFERENCE: March 12 & 13

We encourage everyone to check out the extensive list of workshops that are available at this year’s CT NOFA Winter Conference! In addition to the usual subjects that help young farmers get started like record keeping, grafting and soil biology, you’ll also find fermenting, food waste and biochar on the schedule. Bottom line is, there’s something for everyone and it’s an incredible deal! Registration is encouraged by Wednesday, March 9. Additionally, CT NOFA has just released its new 2016 Farm & Food Guide. Now available online in addition to print versions, this guide is an expansive list of farms, farmer’s markets, organic land care professionals, suppliers, restaurants and more!

SPRING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM RETURNS:
KIDS DIG FARMS @ MASSARO
P1040928Get a jump on Spring and enroll your 9-12-year-old in our Spring after school program. This year’s Kids Dig Farms will get your child unplugged and outdoors as we explore farming basics, investigate the farm trail & woods, study worm composting, recuscitate our ‘bug hotel,’ get some chicken handling basics, and play nature games (we have indoor activities for cold days too!). Snacks included. This session will run Mondays, March 28-June 6. Offered through partnership with the Woodbridge Recreation Department. Transportation from Beecher Road School to the farm is provided; parents must pick up students at the farm. $110/Woodbridge residents; $120/non-residents. Call Woodbridge Rec Dept at (203) 389-3446 to register, or download a registration form HERE.
SECURE YOUR 2016 CSA SPOT NOW
photoWarmers days are just around the bend, which is typically when we get our last big surge of CSA subscribers. You’re encouraged to subscribe online or download the  2016 Massaro Farm CSA Registration Form before we sell out for the season! Signing up early also frees up our farm manager and staff for all the field work they’ll soon be doing. This season, you can also find our produce at the Woodbridge Farmer’s Market (at the Library) and at the Edgewood Park Farmer’s Market (in the Westville section of New Haven).
THANKS FOR ALL THE FARM-INSPIRED ARTWORK!
BirdhouseWe’ve received a wonderful collection of posters, photos, decorated farm nesting boxes, dioramas and more in response to our request for farm-inspired art. You can view the artwork on display at our Annual Meeting, Sunday March 13, 2016 at 2pm. The meeting will take place at the Parrish House of First Church of Christ, Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge.
Stay tuned for winners of our drawing and further locations where you can view the collection. Special thanks to 12-year-old Marissa Urda who submitted this bird house made of recycled materials.
A LITTLE MASSARO HISTORY…
We recently had an old farm neighbor stop by and share this photo with us, along with a little farm history. Turns out this 1939 International Panel Truck used to be owned by Tony Massaro. The truck, said Al Proctor III, was used for egg delivery and daily transportation by the farm before his grandfather, Alfred Proctor, of Hill Street in Ansonia, purchased it for $100. The truck had a driver’s seat for Tony but only a wooden crate for his brother, John, to use as a passenger seat. Al said in high school, students used to “shake, rattle and roll with Al Proctor’s Green Hornet.” 20160303_082112
Do you or your family have a connection with the Massaro family? Give us a call (203-736-8618) or email us to share your story!
BOOK YOUR SPRING FIELD TRIP!
Massaro Community Farm is accepting bookings for field trips during the coming season. Primary times for booking are mid-April to through mid-November. Workshops featured imageScholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Summer camp groups welcome!
Students, teachers and parents will have the opportunity to engage in curriculum-based field trips led by our environmental educator. Most students also participate in a farm tour, learning about the history and biodiversity of Massaro Farm. View the list of our program focus topics HERE, and call us to book your field trip TODAY!
A FEW ODDS AND SODS…
We have concluded accepting applications for our Education Director and Office Admin positions. Thanks to all who applied! However, we are still accepting applications for seasonal interns and per-diem teachers for our farm-based educational programs. Full descriptions and requirements can be viewed HERE. Interested individuals should contact Executive Director, Caty Poole via email (caty@massarofarm.org) or by calling the office at (203) 736-8618.
The farm is also host to a FoodCorps service member (a division of AmeriCorps) who serves to increase nutrition awareness, build or tend school gardens, and engage the community around healthy food. FoodCorps is accepting applications for service members for the next term, beginning this September. READ HERE to find out more about a year in service or to apply. Application period ends March 31, 2016.
If you missed it, read the recent article on Massaro’s 100th anniversary, featured in the New Haven Register, Sunday, February 21, 2016.
Executive Director, Caty Poole, appeared on WPKN’s lunch time program, the Organic Farmstand again yesterday. Listen here to learn what you can be planting now, pending bills at the state legislature, and more about the farm’s centennial as well as the CT NOFA winter conference!

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