Massaro-Farm-news

Celebrating Spring, Bees, and so much more



Celebrate Spring at Massaro!
Mark your calendar for this year’s annual Celebrate Spring event. This seedling & perennial sale will take place Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00-5:00pm (rain or shine!). We will wrap our maypole, have live music, food for purchase, vendors and workshops. For kids, we’ll be making seed bombs, decoupaging seed packets and nature weaving.  Pre-register for the FREE workshops below to ensure you get a spot!
Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events.

Support our Farm with Your CSA Subscription
Don’t miss out on a full or half share of seasonal organic vegetables from your neighborhood farm.  We rely on CSA subscriptions to support our farm operation and to provide a portion to families who otherwise would not be able to afford such nutritious organic produce. CSA subscription income is critical to the operation of our community farm.
SIGN UP TODAY
to get 10 or 20 weeks of fresh-picked organic vegetables
Download the Registration Form or sign up online for the Massaro Farm CSA to get our certified organic produce, June through October. Several drop off sites available, but you may not want to forego u-pick crops available on the farm!

Beekeeping Rescheduled: Now May 26
Nucleus Hives and Summer Management
Get first rate tips on backyard beekeeping through a hands-on workshop series at Massaro Farm led by CT Beekeeper’s Association.
The workshop on summer hive management, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 19 has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 26 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.
Next installments:
July 21 – Starting Fall Preparation
September 15 – Winter Preparation

Late Spring Foraging at the Farm

Join us for a morning of searching our fields and woods for wild edibles with Andy Dobos of Forest WolfSaturday, June 16, 10am – 12:30pm.Andy is an experienced forager, naturalist, educator, and artist with years of experience interacting with our native environment. We’ll be wandering the farm property looking for late spring and early summer edibles identifying species you can find in your own back yard. Be prepared to walk in the woods; closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind exposing to our wild world. Steady rain cancels. Suggested donation of $10/pp. Spots are limited so make sure you


Volunteer Opportunities
Whether you have two hours or two days, Massaro has plenty of ways your extra hands help– from special events to weekly chores. We even have light duty tasks.
 
The farm is particularly looking for individuals or families who would like to help care for our growing list of animals: composting worms, chickens, rabbits and bees. With your help we may even be able to add goats this season! 

 

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 opportunities coming up in the near future where you can pitch in and be a farm ambassador. We are explicitly looking for assistants to be with us for a few hours each week at the Woodbridge Farmer’s Markets Tuesdays in July and August where we’ll have activities for kids along with produce for sale.
Thank you to ALL our volunteers who help fulfill our mission to Keep Farming, Feed People and Build Community.

Summer Camp and Open Farm Days
Woodbridge Rec Camp @ the Farm
Registration is ongoing for Summer

Camp at the Farm. Campers ages 6-10 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– taking 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 involve farm chores around small animal care including our composting worms, bees, chickens, and rabbits.
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!

Satisfying Your Veggie Fix

If you’ll be traveling, or if a share is too much produce for you, consider purchasing Massaro Farm produce at one of several area farmer’s markets.
Starting in a few weeks:
Saturdays, Wooster Square Farmer’s Market-New Haven 9:00am-1:00pm
Sundays, Edgewood Park Farmer’s Market
Edgewood Park (corner of Whalley & West Rock Ave) 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuesdays in July & August
Woodbridge Farmer’s Market 5:30-8:00pm
Come fill up your fridge and get to know your local food producers!

The farm thanks its event & program supporters.   
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
Valley Community Foundation
Special thanks to the anonymous donor who recently donated $10,000 to the farm’s efforts. We recognize and appreciate this wonderful gift!
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