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Don’t Miss NEBCO Happy Hour & Our New Teacher Field Trip

Springing Forward

Sometimes it seems as if winter is a trick of the mind. While we drag ourselves through the dark days of winter, it feels as if it will go on forever. But once we ‘spring forward,’ it’s a pleasant surprise that we’re getting ready for the fruit of summer yet again. And it is exactly that time. Seeds are being planted in the greenhouse, seedlings are popping out of their cozy cells, and our high tunnels are being pushed and prodded back into their fluffy spring soil.
Out in the fields there is motion too. This is the time when the garlic starts to send its first green tendrils to the sky, the strawberry plants start to slowly emerge from hibernation, and overwintered carrots get a surge of much needed sun. From the work we did in the fall, here come old friends.
And that is another part of the expectation and excitement we anticipate. You – our old friends – will return to the farm after a long winter’s nap. Soon, children will wander the Learning Garden again, CSA subscribers will poke through our U-pick to find hidden peas, and laughter and learning will echo from the beehives, to our barns, to the trees.So, welcome Spring. And we look forward to seeing all of YOU at the farm soon.

Happy Hour at New England Brewing Co.

On Friday, March 22 from 6-9pm, join us at New England Brewing Company to have a drink and support theMassaro MelonHeads! The MelonHeads is our team of riders who will participate in the annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride across New Haven in late April. Our team is dedicated to raise $35,000 this year, and we are almost a third of the way there!
Help us reach our goal by coming out this Friday. Everyone who donates $10 or more at the event will receive a drink ticket for a short pour. There will be live music and food available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Massaro MelonHeads in achieving their team goal. Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances and help us continue to Keep Farming, Feed People and Build Community.
Thanks New England Brewing Co for sponsoring this event, and for your continuous support of the farm over the last 10 years. We’re grateful to ally with such a ‘stout’ business partner!
The Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride is on April 27 in New Haven. The goal of the ride is to grow a greener, healthier, more just communityLearn more about the ride here.
 Any questions? Contact Becca at operations@massarofarm.org.

Getting Your Garden Ready

at Ansonia Nature Center on April 17, 6-8pm 
Join Massaro CommunityFarm and the Ansonia Nature Center onWednesday April 17 from 6-8pm for a workshop,“Getting Your Garden Ready.” Our Education Director, Corey Thomas, and Farmer Becca will share steps for prepping, or starting, your garden for spring and summer plantings. Learn organic techniques to grow a healthy garden for a bountiful season. Bring your questions and comments as we prepare for the exciting growing season to come.
Register now as space is limited and you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to grow your mind and garden!

Congratulations Farmer Steve!

This past week it was announced that Farmer Steve has received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. He will be receiving this award at CT Agriculture Day in Hartford on March 20. The award is given to someone who has “outstanding achievements in agriculture as well ascommunity involvement.” To read the whole article about Steve, click here!

Food Donations This Week

Sherri at Columbus House showing off some of our bok choy for donation
Kale donations going to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Derby

What’s the Buzz About Bees?

Bees are huddled in their hives keeping warm, but soon enough, it will be time to open those hives and make sure they survived the winter! Our beekeeping series is getting ready to start again on Saturday March 30.
This year, our first two classes will have 9:00am and 11:30am sessions, but the following five will only have the 9:00am session and will not require a sign up. To make sure you have a space in those first two classes, reserve your spot now!

2019 Classes:

March 30, 2019 – Package Installation
9:00-10:30am; repeat session 11:30am-1:00pm
 This session is all booked, but join the waitlist here!
New Date! April 13, 2019 – Spring Inspection
9:00-10:30am; repeat session 11:30am-1:00pm
All Remaining Workshops are from 9:00-10:30am on the farm:
May 11, 2019 – Inspection and Supering
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
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

Save The Date!

Teacher Field Trip at the Farm
April 22
4:00-5:30pm
-Tour the farm
-Enjoy Wine and Cheese
-See what we can offer your classes!