New Year and plenty to do!
2019 Winter Library Series
A Tasting of January: January 23rd 6-8PM
Massaro Community Farm is partnering again this winter with the Woodbridge Town Library to stay connected with you and your local food movement. Our first gathering on Wednesday, January 23:"Fresh Ingredients, A Tasting of January," will be an exploration with 3 local cooks on how they keep their meals local in the chill of the winter months. Six different dishes will be prepared for you to taste. A great opportunity for you to explore how you can plan your meals around local food!
Event is FREE but space is limited. Please RSVP here or by calling the library at 203-389-3433.
All workshops will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Woodbridge Town Library's meeting room at 10 Newton Road.
Mark your calendars for the next events in the series!
Wednesday, February 13: Pre-Valentine's Potluck - Bring a dish or dessert
Wednesday, March 13: Sustainable Food System Panel Discussion
"Choices for Sustainable Living" Course Launch
Interested in joining like-minded individuals in a collective impact project that will help you make choices to impact a healthier, sustainable Earth? Sign up for the eight-part "Choices for Sustainable Living" course being co-hosted by the Town of Woodbridge's Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, the Commission on the Use of Publicly Owned Property (CUPOP), the Woodbridge Town Library, and Massaro Community Farm in the new year!
An information session describing this Northwest Earth Institute course, its dates, and an opportunity to sign up and buy the curriculum materials for a discount, will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 pm in the Woodbridge Town Library's Meeting Room. The course will begin in February and will be offered at two different sets of dates to two groups of up to 15 people each. One group will meet every other Monday from 6 - 8pm without a potluck supper, and the second group will meet every other Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm with a potluck supper. Both groups will meet eight times at the Woodbridge Town Library between February and May. Check out www.nwei.org for an overview of the curriculum.
Reserve Your Spring Field Trip Today
In spite of the cold temperatures, farm staff are busy planning farm programming for next season, which will be here before we know it! Book your field trip now for field trips beginning in April. Check out topics here. Call the farm (203-736-8618) or email our educational director to reserve a day for your class or group to visit the farm. Fees based on a sliding scale.
You won't want to miss the 37th Annual CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Winter Conference, taking place Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. This premier gathering of farmers, foodies, gardeners and advocates come together each winter to take part in numerous educational workshops. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by generous local chefs and stock up on a variety of supplies available from exhibitors. Take advantage of early bird registration before December 31, 2018!
Non CT NOFA Members $65
Water Water Everywhere
The average rainfall in Woodbridge during the month of December is about 2.7 inches. This past month we got close to 8 inches, on top of an already wet autumn. These type of conditions are not surprising as the climate changes, but it makes farming a little more challenging! We are well aware of this in our watery fields, but we want you to know we're not sitting idly by. Keep your eyes open for more projects in the spring that are specifically addressing drainage on the property. These will be integrated into methods of raised beds and cover cropping (and more) that we are already using to make sure we use our land the best we can!