Celebrate Spring as a Melonhead, Birdwalk, Wellness Series & Volunteer Opportunities!
We’ve got a little less than two weeks until the 8th annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. There still time to join us as a rider, or help our team reach our fundraising goal and ensure another 100 years of farming in Woodbridge.
I’D LIKE TO MAKE A PLEDGE!
Whether you’d like to join us as a rider, make a pledge or volunteer on ride day, give us a call at (203-736-8618) or email us today with any questions or for help using the Rock to Rock website.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR FINAL CSA PAYMENTS
Farm work is kicking into high gear as we prepare the fields and plant all those yummy vegetables you’ll be enjoying in early June. Since this leaves little time for office work (Wouldn’t YOU rather be outside??) we’d greatly appreciate all CSA subscribers getting their final payments in. This is the whole idea behind Community Supported Agriculture – providing much needed up front capital for our farmer. Please send outstanding payments to the farm office (41 Ford Road, Woodbridge) or complete your payment online.
If a full CSA share is a bit much for your household, you can find our produce at the weekly Woodbridge Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays, next to the town library) and at the Edgewood Park Farmer’s Market (Sunday, in the Westville section of New Haven). Stay tuned for farmer’s market start dates!
FIVE YEARS OF CAMPING ON THE FARM: SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS
We’re so excited to continue our partnership with Woodbridge Rec Department to bring you summer camp at the farm for the fifth year in row! Space is limited for this popular installment so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot. This half-day program for six-to-nine-year-olds gives your young ones the chance to spend some quality time outdoors, exploring every aspect of being on the farm. Whether they’re interviewing Farmer Steve, recording observations in their nature journals or harvesting their snack ingredients from the Learning Garden, campers get the full experience of the farm during these two weeks. Questions can be directed to the farm office at (203-736-8618) or you can download a copy of the Registration Form HERE.
SPRING MIGRATORY BIRD WALK
We’re so pleased to offer a spring migratory bird walk, led by New Haven Bird Club member and expert birder, Chris Loscalzo. Please join us Sunday, May 15th at 2pm as we walk the woods and fields of the farm looking for a variety of birds. The diverse structure at the farm – open fields, low brush and the woods – makes for great viewing of a variety of bird species! Bring your own binoculars or we’ll have a few extra as well. Closed toed shoes and long pants recommended for walking around the farm property. FREE! Please RSVP HERE.
CENTENNIAL FARM ART DRAWING WINNERS!
Earlier this year, to help us celebrate the farm’s 100th anniversary, we invited students from Woodbridge and surrounding school districts to submit artwork that embodied farming.
We were so excited to receive over 125 entries of birdhouses, dioramas, posters, photos, paintings, sketches and decorated nesting boxes (which we provided), all of which were on display at our Annual Meeting in March. We also plan to display the collection again during Celebrate Spring on May 22, from 12-5pm.
The winners of our art drawing are as follows:
Elementary Students: AJ Browning (BRS), Maya Fortune (BRS), Kayla A. (IS), Deion Addison (IS), Emma Espanza (IS), Jazzelle Riley (IS) and Anthony Soto (IS)
Middle School Students: Jenna Ciola (AMS) and Isabella Pfannenbecker (AMS)
High School Students: Marisa DeCruiz (SHS), Kayla Leslie (SHS), Vanessa Maco (SHS), Mackenzie Mazzerolle (SHS), and Nicolle Whalley (SHS)
To further support their artistic endeavors, ALL drawing recipients will receive a $30 gift card to either Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store, Michael’s or Target.
Congratulations and THANK YOU to all students for their wonderful submissions!
CELEBRATE SPRING AND WELLNESS SERIES KICKS OFF
Mark your calendars for this year’s Celebrate Spring, Sunday, May 22 from 12-5pm. Our spring event offers organic vegetable seedlings in peat pots ready for planting, workshops and the annual Maypole Dance at the farm. This year, we are pleased to be partnering with Broken Arrow Nursery, who will also have plenty of potted perennials for your yard, along with all the expert planting tips you’ll need to get off to a good start!
At 12:30pm on May 22, we’ll also be kicking off a five-part Wellness Series, led by Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor, Sharon See. The first workshop of the series will cover Eating Locally Grown Seasonally Available Foods. Suggested donation $10/pp (all registrants accepted). SIGN UP TODAY!
And when you’ve worked up a good appetite, head on over to the Caseus Cheese Truck, to get your fill of yummy goodness.
LOTS OF UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO LEND A HAND!
With the season getting under way in earnest, there are LOTS of opportunities to get involved with the farm this season. An hour or two at any one of these events makes a HUGE difference for us! You can sign up for any of the events below by visiting Eventbrite.com and searching for ‘Massaro.’
Saturday, April 30, 10:30am-3:30pm: Rock to Rock Ride Day and Green Fair. Sign in ride day registrants, hand out breakfast, man a rest stop, be a ride guide, OR man a table for Massaro at the Green Fair as riders conclude their efforts and arrive at East Rock Park in New Haven for food, fun & camaraderie!
Thursday, May 5, 9:00am-12:00pm: Yale Alumni Day of Service: If you’re a Yale Alumni, you are invited to join fellow Alumni for a Day of Service at the Farm. Participants will be installing a new native planting adjacent to the farm’s Learning Garden that will be a feature of farm field trips and farm tours.
Saturday, May 7, 11:00am-4:00pm: Still Diggin’ It! Join us at the annual Westville ArtWalk at Edgewood Park, corner of Whalley & West Rock Avenues in New Haven as we decorate and assemble Centennial nesting boxes. Participants will share farm information and assist children in decorating and assembling our nesting boxes. Lots of fun!
Sunday, May 22, 12:00pm-5:00pm: join us for Celebrate Spring! Greet farm visitors, help with the Maypole Dance, and act as a general farm ambassador.