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MASSARO COMMUNITY FARM

Rock to Rock – THANK YOU!

Wow! What an amazing 10th Year of Rock to Rock for the Massaro Melonheads – and for all the participating environmental organizations. We had 25 riders of all ages, raised over $31,800, and had more than 370 pledges of support. It’s amazing how people come together to support the farm and all the great nonprofits working towards a greener, healthier community. .

Through the outstanding efforts of all of you, this puts the farm one big leap closer to achieving our improved welcome and parking area.  Our improved welcome area will include dedicated handicapped spots, pedestrian pathways and more parking behind the barn. These improvements will reduce move farm traffic away from visitor areas and increase pedestrian safety on the farm.

Thanks to the beautiful weather, participants had a great day and we are excited to share our success with you! Check out this article in the New Haven Register with a nice Massaro Farm mention.

The Great Give is happening

TODAY,

May 2 until 8PM!

The Great Give 2018 is taking place until 8 p.m. TODAY!

Why is it such a great time to give? The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is providing a matching pool of $50,000, to which Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is adding a matching pool of $5,000. All donations made during the 36-hour period of The Great Give 2018 will receive a prorated portion of a $55,000 match pool.

Make your tax-deductible online donation here to Massaro Community Farm now through 8 p.m. May 2 and your donation will go even further!

Have you signed up for our CSA yet?

Now is the time for you to secure your spot in Massaro’s 2018 subscription vegetable CSA. We rely on CSA subscriptions to support our farm operation and to bring you high quality organic produce grown right here in your neighborhood. CSA subscription income is critical to the operation of our community farm, and supports our food donation program.

Download the Registration Form or sign up online for the Massaro Farm CSA to get our certified organic produce, June through October, grown right here at Massaro.

Next Beekeeping Workshop: Saturday, May 5

Supering and Inspection

Come enjoy the beautiful spring weather and attend the beekeeping workshop series at Massaro Farm led by CT Beekeeper’s Association.

The next installment takes place this Saturday, May 5 at 9:00am, and will repeat at 11:30am. Workshops will be held unless weather cancellations are posted on our site 24 hours ahead of time. No advance registration required. Suggested donation of $10/pp.

May 5 – Supering and Inspection

May 19 – Nucleus Hives & Summer Management

July 21 – Starting Fall Preparation

September 15 – Winter Preparation

Springtime Fun with JCC @ Massaro this Sunday

Massaro Farm is partnering with the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven to bring you a springtime day of exploration and crafting for adults and their children ages 6-10. We’ll be exploring the farm, looking for signs of spring along the nature trail, and returning to the learning garden for a hands-on craft. Pack a lunch to enjoy out in the learning garden after our activity is finished. Last year’s event was full; advance RSVP is strongly recommended as space is limited!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

10:00am-12:00pm

Member: $12/$24 Family

Community: $15/$30 Family

SIGN UP TODAY!

Food Discussion Circles

Are you interested in learning more about the many cultural, social, and ecological implications of what you eat? Curious about the connection between food and sustainability? If so, consider joining one of several Food Discussion Circles that will be forming soon.

The framework for these discussions is “Menu for the Future,” a self-guided curriculum created by the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) which has constructed discussion materials used by over 185,000 people worldwide. By joining a discussion circle, you will have an opportunity to read a variety of articles about food, and discuss them with others locally in the context of your personal experience.

Food Discussion Circles is just one of a number of opportunities the Woodbridge Sustainability Task Force is extending to area residents who are passionate about making an impact on efforts towards sustainability and climate change, in partnership with Massaro Community Farm and Woodbridge Town Library. Growing food under ‘factory’ conditions is believed to be one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases. Please RSVP by calling the library at (203) 389-3433.

Introductory Session:

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:30-7:30pm

Woodbridge Town Library*

*Attendees are encouraged to bring a calendar if interested in future meetings, and and method of payment if interested in taking advantage of a group discount offer to purchase self-guided course materials. Materials from the NWEI can also be purchased by interested individuals on their own. 

Register for Summer Programs 

Woodbridge Rec Camp @ the Farm

Registration is now open for Summer

Camp at the Farm. Campers ages 6-9 are invited to the farm during the weeks of August 6-20 for this annual half-day program. Attendees participate in all aspects of farm operations including caring for the farm garden, exploring the nature trail, and new this year – care of the farm’s small animals. Discounts available for multiple siblings and multiple weeks. Download a registration form HERE.

Returning Soon – Open Farm Days

Starting in June we’ll begin holding weekly Open Farm Days that allow parents with younger children to drop into our Learning Garden and take part in activities around planting and harvesting in the garden. This year Open Farm Days will also involve farm chores around small animal care of our composting worms, bees, chickens and others.

If you have an idea for a farm program – for youth or adults – please call the farm office at (203) 736-8618. We love to hear your ideas and try new things!

Warmer Weather is Coming!

Mark your calendar today for this year’s annual Celebrate Spring event and seedling sale, Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00-5:00pm (rain or shine!).  We will wrap our maypole, have live music, food for purchase, vendors and and workshops, including –

– Farm to face natural skin care

– Owning backyard chickens

-Starting a worm bin

and more!

Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events.

Volunteer Opportunities!

Looking for ways to volunteer?  Massaro has plenty of places where extra hands help – from special events to weekly chores. We even have tasks for those who don’t want to get your hands too dirty!  If you are interested in having a say in what happens at the farm, and helping us out, fill out the form here and tell us your availability. Or, check out this list of specific opportunitiescoming up in the near future where you can pitch in and be a farm ambassador. We are especially looking for assistants to be with us for a few hours each week at the Woodbridge Farmer’s Markets weekly in July and August where we’ll have kids activities, along with some produce for sale.

We are so appreciative of the help so many of you give and are lucky to have such great hands helping us.  We could not fulfill our mission without you.

The farm thanks its event & program supporters.   

Community Foundation of 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

PepsiCo

Paul & Judith DeCoster * Southern CT State University
Buckley, Wynne & Parese * Laticrete International  * Griffin Hospital
Real Living-Wareck D’Ostillio * The Kayne Family

The Valley Community Foundation * Stihl
BIC Corporation * Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Hocon Gas, Inc. * Schaefer Inspection Services
Wells Fargo
A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * Guido & Anne Calibrese * Nancy Daoud

Encon * Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC * Serv-Pro of Milford-Orange-Sratford
Marcus Insurance * Stop & Shop