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February 23, 2018 is National CSA Sign Up Day

National CSA Sign Up Day:
Secure Your 2018 Subscription Today!
February 23, 2018 marks the fourth annual National CSA Day, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:
  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
  • supporting their local farm and farmers;
  • being kind to our planet;
  • learning something new; and
  • being adventurous in the kitchen 
Very cool, but why have it on February 24 when the ground is still frozen and harvest is still a couple months away?
 
Signing up for our CSA in the winter months is extremely important to us, and incredibly helpful:
  • it provides the farm with funds needed to purchase our seeds, supplies and provides operating costs for the upcoming season without having to seek loans or take on debt;
  • winter sign-ups reduces the time and cost of marketing;
  • winter is a great time for our farm manager to complete all the administrative work of processing CSA subscriptions; and
  • early spring and summer are filled with an enormous amount of farm tasks; your winter sign up allows our farm manager and staff to focus on all the farm work at hand once spring arrives.

With that in mind, please download the  Registration Form or  sign up online for the Massaro Farm CSA, providing 20 weeks of our certified organic produce, June through October.  On farm pick up, delivery and flexible season options available.

 

* Email our farm manager at csa@massarofarmcsa.org for flexible options.

Work at Massaro! 
We are hiring for a few positions.  Check out these openings, help spread the word, and be in touch if you are interested: 
  • Want to work in the field, help seed, plant, care for and harvest the produce we grow? We have Full Season Farm Staff positions open; part-time seasonal farm staff positions may be available as well.  To apply, please send resume and cover letter via email to: steve@massarofarmcsa.org
  • Be our next Farmers’ Market Manager and get to run our market stand on Saturday and Sunday mornings in New Haven, and help with harvest and field work during the work. To apply, please send resume and cover letter via email to: steve@massarofarmcsa.org
  • The farm seeks an Administrative Support person to support the farm manager and executive director in basic office function and keeping farm operations running smoothly. The Admin Support person will assist in bookkeeping, farm inquiries and correspondence, and interact with other farm staff and volunteers to support their efforts. To apply, please send resume and cover letter via email to: steve@massarofarmcsa.org
  • Massaro Community Farm is looking for teachers to assist with our curriculum-based field trips and summer camp.The farm also seeks administrative support and a farmers’ market manager. Email the farm office or call us (203-736-8618) for complete job descriptions.  
  • Applications are now being accepted for FoodCorps, a program of AmeriCorps that places service members in communities where school gardens and nutrition education are lacking, and where childhood obesity is high. Apply to serve next year at Massaro Community Farm, or one of 19 other sites around Connecticut. 
Please share these job postings with friends and colleagues! We love to see our farm family grow. 

Join the Massaro Melonheads 
for Rock to Rock!

It’s easy! It’s fun!
Join the Massaro Melonheads this spring as we cruise across New Haven in the annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride.  Join fellow Earth enthusiasts as we come out to support the farm and other environmentally-focused organizations all working to make Greater New Haven a greener, healthier community.
Raise $250 and get a free Massaro Farm bike shirt.  Raise $500 and get a Nutcase Melonhead helmet.
Want to learn more or just celebrate the ride and other “Earth Friendly” organizations?  Come out to the launch party at Artspace on Thursday February 22, from 5:30-7:00pm. There’ll be food, drinks, an exhibit, and more. 
REGISTER HERE for the ride and don’t forget to choose the Massaro Melonheads as your team.

Co-host Series Continues:
Massaro and Woodbridge Library
Join us for continuation of our winter series with a screening of the fascinating documentary film, “Fresh,” followed by a discussion of the sustainable food movement, along with locally inspired snacks.  The event will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in the Woodbridge Town Library Meeting Room. It’s free and open to the public.  “Fresh” offers and illuminating look into our current food production methods, as well as how it is being reinvented across America.
Following the film’s showing (running time: 72 minutes), there will be a short discussion of our region’s food management innovations, and what you can do to increase your consumption of local food.  Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Upcoming series dates:
March 28, 2018 6:00pm – Eating with the Seasons, with Meg Fama, chef/owner of Farm Belly Food Truck
April 25, 2018 6:00pm – Cooking with Herbs & Spices from Your Garden, with Natalie Glidden, community and family herbalist 
These events are FREE but space is limited. Please sign up in advance online or call the Woodbridge Town Library (203-389-3433) to hold your spot. 

A New Season of Workshops Begins
Massaro Farm’s collaboration with Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association continues in 2018. 
Mark your calendar for the hands-on series taking place throughout the season at Massaro Community Farm. 
FARM WORKSHOP SERIES: each day at 9:00am, repeating at 11:30am
March 24 – Package Installation
April 14 – Spring Inspection
May 5 – Supering and Inspection
May 21 – Nucleus Hives & Summer Management
July 21 – Starting Fall Preparation
September 15 – Winter Preparation
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 

February 24, 2018 2:00pm -3:30pm  Composting 101 Workshop

co-hosted by Massaro Community Farm and taking place at Ansonia Nature Center. Domingo Medina is the owner of Peels and Wheels Composting and will be taking time to share with us the ‘ins and outs’ of composting and why it’s so important given the impact waste has on the environment.  You will hear the science, see the process, and build tangible skills that can enable you to start the process of composting at home. Already an expert composter?  You can still come and learn something new about the health of the soil you make, or even share some of your own experience.  Sign up now as space is limited! Suggested donation of $6 at the door.
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