June 23, 2023 Newsletter – Goats, Sheep & Bees; Cooking Demos and Dinner on the Farm

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June 23, 2023

Goats and sheep are here for summer camp!

We are excited to have two goats – Artie and Loaf – and a sheep named Bo on the farm for the summer. They’ll hang out with our summer campers over the next six weeks and help eat down some of the invasive species and understory in our woods and along the field borders. If you are still looking to fill out plans for your kids this summer, our camp signups are weekly, and there are a couple spots remaining. Camp runs for six weeks, beginning Monday, June 26 and finishing Friday, August 4. Click the link below to register.

Register for camp

Calling all Beekeepers

You’re invited to gather this Saturday, June 24 at 9am in the farm’s apiary to cover various aspects of summer management. Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie to beekeeping, all levels of interest and all questions are welcome! This week we’ll be discussing which hives we just had to re-queen and why, signs of trouble, monitoring and treating for mites and other diseases and moving a nuc to a 10-frame box.

This spring has been particularly challenging here in Connecticut because the temperatures have been stubbornly sticking to the lower end of the thermostat. What challenges are you having in your yard? Bring your questions this weekend as we are led by veteran beekeeper (and former CBA president) Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries in Farmington. Suggested donation: $10/pp. Please wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toed shoes. We have veils available for your use and general beekeeping supplies available for purchase. If you can’t make it to the farm this month, consider attending the next installment on July 15. All workshops take place at 9 am.

Register for Beekeeping

Open Farm Days, Cooking Demos, Workshops & Pizza Nights

“Open farm days” in the learning garden are back during CSA pickup hours. We’ll offer a mix of programs, activities and learning opportunities for all ages including farm tours, cooking demos, workshops and volunteer work days, plus open/unstructured time in the garden for kids.

Next week at 4pm on both Tuesday, June 27 and Friday June 30 join Alanna Gilbert for a cooking demo using produce from our CSA at the pavilion in the Learning Garden. Open and free to all.

More events coming soon include pizza nights with Big Green Truck Pizza, on Tuesday, July 11 and Tuesday, August 1, both from 3-6pm; and an Everything Elderberry workshop with Caty Poole on Friday, July 14 from 6-7:30pm. Click the link below for more workshop details and registration.

Everything Elderberry Workshop

Dinner on the Farm

Sunday, September 10

ZINC is back to prepare a spectacular season feast for our annual Dinner on the Farm. Join us on Sunday, September 10th for our unique farm-to-table event, which brings people together for a fabulous meal in a wonderful setting. Funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and silent auction help support our fresh produce donations to health, human service and hunger relief agencies, as well as our farm education programs. Click the link below to purchase tickets and see our sponsorships opportunities.

Purchase Tickets for Dinner on the Farm

Thanks to our 2023 Mission Based Sponsors:

ZINC Restaurant

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Retina Systems

LeClaire Heating & Air Conditioning

Explorers Learning Center

The Glass Source

KES Landscaping & Tree Service

Jimmie’s Place

Become a mission-based sponsor today
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