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Celebrating all things new and spring-y

Celebrate Spring This Sunday!

May 19th, 12pm-5pm (rain or shine)

Workshops:
  • 12:30pm – Learn to Make Farm Cheese
  • 2:15pm – Get Your Garden Ready
  • 4:00pm – Worm Composting
Other scheduled events:
  • 1:30pm – Wrap the Maypole with Bill Fischer & Wry Bred
  • 1:00 and 3:00pm – Cooking Demos with Global Local Gourmet
  • 2:00pm and 3:30pm – Nature Trail Walks
  • 2:30pm – Songs and Stories with PJ Library
  • 3:45pm – Fill the Worm Bin

Spring Seedlings

Starting in late winter, we gather soil in the greenhouse, and prepare seed trays to welcome new life to the chilled world that gradually melts into spring. Little round seeds that, carry the life of a tomato or pepper plant, fill rows of soil, until they are big enough to find their way into peat pots and, eventually, your garden.
Many of these plants are destined for the farm’s fields, but many – like squash, watermelon, and herbs – will be sold at this Sunday’s Celebrate Springfestival. Each of these seedlings goes through an entire process of growth, transplanting, hardening off (transitioning seeds from the warm greenhouse to the harsher outside temps) and, finally, into your hands to start your own garden. Of course, these are all organically grown.
We are so glad to share our vegetables with you, but it also excites us to see you grow your own. Let us know how your seedlings do this year!

We’re the “Charity on Tap Winner!”

at Bad Sons for the Month of May

In partnership with “The Great Give,” we were voted to be the Bad Sons Beer Co. designated charity for the month of May! Each time you order a brew from their Charity Line during the month of May, $1 will be donated to Massaro Community Farm. So grab your friends and go hang out at Bad Sons this month to help raise funds for Massaro Community Farm.
Dew Drop Inn delivers food on Wednesdays, Roseland Pizza delivers on Thursdays, and there are various food trucks on other nights and weekends. Check out live-music on Sundays, and always high-grade BAD SONS swag available for purchase. Support the farm and visit their awesome tap room!

Upcoming Workshops

Beekeeping Workshops
All workshops are from 9:00-10:30am
on the farm. No registration necessary.
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
Home Grown Teas
June 27, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm – Learn about what things you can grow at home to improve your health and make medicinal and herbal teas. Led by Holly Burton of Walnut Beach Wellness Center. $12 suggested donation @ the door.Register online here.
Check our website calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

Yoga on the Farm

Join us this July for Yoga on the Farm. You can sign up for all four sessions, or just one. Natalie Glidden will lead a gentle yoga flow the first four Tuesdays in July from 6pm-7pm. Enjoy the fresh air and a little help to get you through your week. $12/class or $40/series.

Celebrate CT Trails Day

@ the Farm

Saturday June 1, 2:30-4:00pm

Join us for a walk and discussion of Native American history in our area, offered in partnership with Woodbridge Conservation Commission. Or check out a full list of statewide trail hikes in celebration of CT Trails Day.
Free. No reservations required. Family friendly; sturdy shoes recommended.

Thank you For your Support

Thank you to everyone who rode, donated, and shared our fundraising efforts over the last month through Rock to Rock and The Great Give. Not only did we raise over $39,000 to support our educational programming and food donations at the farm, we had fun doing it!

Community Service Days

Thanks to the Yale School of Public Health alumni who spent Thursday, May 9th volunteering at the farm and helping us with planting, mulching and putting up this seasonal tent. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Call the office to schedule a service day for your group: (203) 736-8618.

Seeking Part Time Educators for

Growing List of Programs

The farm seeks several part-time educators to assist in our growing list of educational programs, such as field and camp trips, after school programming and summer programs for children ages 5-16. Experience leading children, specifically in an outdoor setting, extremely helpful. Interest and passion for working on small sustainable farm is highly preferable. Activities generally scheduled Monday-Friday with occasional weekends.
Summer Intern: We’re also still recruiting for a young adult aged 15-19 (with transportation) to serve as a summer intern. This person needs to be very reliable and willing to work outside in varying conditions. Will assist with garden maintenance, programming and event setup/breakdown. Hours flexible. Stipend available.
Send a resume with your interest to Corey Thomas, education@massarofarm.org.
We are so grateful for the support of the Haynes Group who has contributed so much toward our new welcome center, and our much-needed leveling and drainage around the farm!
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