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Last Chance for Dinner on the Farm and Fall Education


Last Chance to Buy Dinner on the Farm Tickets

Only 8 tickets remain!
  Sunday, September 2, 2018
ACT NOW to secure these last few tickets available for this annual feast. Weather permitting, we’ll seat you among the flowers and fields of our historic farm. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the farm at the peak of production & support the farm’s education and food donation programs.
DON’T FORGET the event features a silent auction of unique items. Here are just a few you may want to bid on:

Kiln-Fired Nesting Bowls, Hand Blown Glass Vase, Four Tickets to Chicago at the Palace Theatre, Organic Agritourism Weekend Stay in Greece, 5 Nights in Cyprus, a Ski Weekend in Vermont, Little Expressions Portrait Session, Paul Winter Signed Peaking Wolf Poster and CDs, Handmade Necklace, JCC membership package,  Yankees Tickets, and Seymour Antique District Bundle, along with a number of raffle baskets!


Tot Shabbat Happening on the Farm
with PJ Library and Friends
  
When: Friday Mornings, 9:30-10:30AM
WhereMassaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge
Who: 2-5 year olds and their grown ups!
What: Sing, dig, and explore to learn about the Jewish values connected to nature and animals. Dress to get dirty and have fun! Story and snacks provided. Only steady rain cancels! 
Friday, September 7: Shabbat and Kindness to Animals (rain date Sept 14)
Friday, September 21: Shabbat and the Food We Grow (rain date Sept 28)
Friday, October 5: Shabbat and Taking Care of the Earth and Planet (rain date Oct 12th)
$5 Suggested Donation
RSVP to Stacey at pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org

Welcome New FoodCorps Service Member Dan
      In 2013, the farm began hosting a FoodCorps service member to serve as an extension of the farm, providing nutrition education and gardening to at-risk students nearby. Being a host site has greatly expanded our reach into surrounding communities and helped us build valuable relationships with schools and other community partners. We’re happy to renew this program for a sixth year.
Our new FoodCorps service member, Dan Foth, grew up in Trumbull and received his BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources from UConn in May 2017. At UConn, Dan joined Spring Valley Student Farm where he first experienced the excitement around growing food and education. His newfound passion led him to Upper Pond Farm in Lyme where he worked as an apprentice for a year. There, Dan learned extensively about managing a mixed vegetable farm, similar to Massaro. He also spent a year working as an environmental educator with Nature’s Classroom.
          Over the next 11 months, Dan is looking forward to exploring the history and culture of the Woodbridge, Derby, and Ansonia area while interacting with students, teachers, farmers, parents, and community members. We look forward to working with Dan as he provides cooking and gardening lessons, arranging taste tests of local foods in school cafeterias, and organizing school events that celebrate diversity, culture, and community. Please take a moment to welcome Dan when you see him around the farm!

Recent Farm Happenings

Incoming Yale Students Volunteer
 
Each year, incoming freshman at Yale can opt to participate in a pre-orientation program that allows them to stay at one of several sustainable farms around the state to get to know more about farming and each other. Massaro Farm has been a participating partner in this program almost since our inception. Last week, eight Yale freshman camped at the farm for five days, while helping to rock the potato harvest and assist with many tasks around the farm.
Journey of the Universe Film Screening Recap
Many thanks to Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim for co-hosting this screening with us, and to Astronomical Society of New Haven for bringing four large telescopes for viewing.  “It was a four-planet night at MassaroCommunity Farm. Although Venus had set behind the big red barn earlier in the evening, telescopes were trained on Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter and the crescent moon. People queued up for their chance to peer through each one. A symphony of insects and frogs played on…” Read more on the ‘Journey of the Universe’ screening recap by Leah Andelsmith, Arts Council Greater New Haven, here.

Fall Education at the Farm
Field Trips.  We’re now taking bookings for farm-based educational field trips
September through November. Call the farm office (203-736-8618) or email our educational director to reserve a day for your class to visit the farm. Fees based on sliding scale.
Fall After School Program. Registration is open for our after school program, Kids Dig Farms! This program will run for 8 weeks on Thursday afternoons starting September 13th. Kids ages 6-10 will be bused to the farm from Beecher Road School for afternoon farm chores and exploration. It’s a wonderful way to experience the fall season at the farm. Registration through  Woodbridge Recreation Dept.,(203) 389-3446.

CSA Week #12

Tomato Time!
Currently in Season:
Our Harvest: Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash, Tomatoes, Garlic, Eggplant, Peppers, Lettuce, Basil, Radicchio or Dandelion Greens
U-Pick: Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, Herbs
Fruit Option: ‘Milton’ Apples

Sauces are back! Available during CSA pick-up and
at our farmers market stands.

Upcoming Workshops on the Farm
Fall Bird Migration – September 15, 2018 at 8:00am

Get up early and walk the farm to get a view of the migrating birds before they’re gone! Join Chris Loscalzo, expert birder and member of New Haven Bird Club, as he leads you through a viewing of local migrating birds. FREE and no need to RSVP. Only steady rain cancels.
 

Beekeeping Workshop – Winter  

Hive Preparation

Saturday, September 15 at 9am and 11:30am
Hosted by the farm and conducted by Ted Jones (Jones Apiary, Farmington) and the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association. Advanced registration is not required for these hands-on sessions in the farm’s apiary. Beekeeping workshops generally run 75-90 minutes and have a suggested donation of $10/pp. Only steady rain cancels, and don’t forget closed toed shoes and long sleeves & pants.  In the mean time, you may want to check out Bill Hesbach’s Bee Talks, discussion groups held on the 2nd Thursday of every month to talk about everything related to beekeeping.
Bartender’s Garden: 
Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm
Learn how to make cocktails and
mixers from your garden! Local bartender and herbalist, Krissi Listorti, goes through the process of making bitters, simple syrups, and mixed drinks from herbs that you can find in your garden or even growing wild. Must be 21+ for this event. Sign up hereSuggested donation $12.

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 
* Joyce Printers * The Kayne Family
BIC Corporation * Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Hocon Gas, Inc. * Schaefer Inspection Services
A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * 

Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC 
Marcus Insurance * Stop & Shop
Special thanks to the anonymous donor who recently donated $10,000 to the farm’s efforts. We recognize and appreciate this wonderful gift!