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Growing UP fast- Last Chance for Teacher Field Trip

Springtime Transitions

If you walked through our high tunnels this past week, you saw the tangible transition from winter to spring. We had plenty of greens growing in the tunnels the last several months, which provided a steady supply to restaurants. Now that staffers completed harvesting the last of over- wintered crops, the tunnels will soon be ready to receive all the spring seedlings we’ve been starting in the greenhouse.
During this brief spell between winter and spring, we feel gratitude at what these enclosed cathedral spaces yield for us, even during bleak, gray months. So the tunnels will rest a bit before we bring in the new crops of carrots, lettuces and, of course, tomatoes and see them once again, giving us the gift of their produce. In the mean time, we are happy to be able to donate many crates of kale and lettuce to our friends through CT Food Bank.

Teacher Field Trip

LAST CHANCE to come to to the farm onMonday, April 22nd from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for a field trip designed specifically for teachers and educators! There will be a tour of the farm, some examples of our hands-on lessons, as well as wine and cheese for our guests. We want to share our educational mission with our local teachers, and in turn show you what we can provide to your students at the farm.

The Great Give: Save The Date!

May 1st 8 a.m. – May 2nd 8 p.m.

Happening once a year, The Great Give is a 36-hour online giving event for non-profits serving New Haven county with $55,000 in matching dollars and over $200,000 of prizes available.
Help us win the $1,000 Liberty Bank Foundation prize for Basic Needs organizations by donating from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. We are only 1 of 8 non-profits eligible for this prize and need the most donors to win!
Five grand prizes will be awarded to the top five organizations who receive the most new donors
($10,000 top prize!) Every donation counts!

Herbal First Aid

Saturday May 4th, 1:30 p.m.

Join Jess Sailer from Walnut Beach Wellness Centeras we explore first aid gifts that nature gives us. During this class, Jess will help you learn about plants that have specific healing properties (calendula, burdock, and plantain) and how to best use them.
She will also walk you through the process of making infused oils and salves. Each participant will bring home a sample of a salve and an oil to be infused at home. Suggested donation of $10 at event.
**This class is in not intended to diagnose or replace medical treatments. You should always consult your personal physician with any ailments or injuries that occur.

Seeking summer education intern:

Applicants ages 15-22 encouraged to apply! Assist with educational field trips, the learning garden, and our summer program in August! Send email inquiry and resume, if available, to our education director; Corey Thomas at education@massarofarm.org. Paid stipend with min. hour commitment.
Massaro Community Farm is thankful to the NewAlliance Foundation for their recent $2,500 grant in support of our food donation program!

Beekeeping Workshops: ONE morning session, from 9-10:30am on the farm:
*May 11 – Inspection and Supering
*May 25 – Nucleus Hives and Summer Hive Management
*June 15 – Honey Flow & Mite Monitoring and Control
*July 20 – Fall Hive Preparation
*September 14 – 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