Newsletter – July 13, 2022

Your neighborhood certified organic farm
What do YOU want?
Have your say in the future of farm programming
Most of the educational programming that’s offered on the farm comes about simply because you’ve asked for it.
Here’s your chance to have a say! Take a few minutes to complete our survey on the type and format of classes and offerings you’d like to see at the farm.
Since we draw visitors from all over the state, feel free to share this link with friends, families or colleagues. The more feedback, the better! Please respond by August 12, 2022.
Adult Beekeeping
Sat, July 16
Hosted by the farm and conducted by Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries, these hands-on sessions run from spring through fall each year. Take advantage of the opportunity to get into an active beeyard and get all your questions answered about backyard beekeeping. The July session will focus on taking mite counts, treating and feeding as needed.
Class size is limited to 30. RSVP to let us know you are coming. Suggested donation of $10/pp at the event to support apiary management and beekeeping education at the farm. Veils available for your use. You are strongly encouraged to wear a bee suit or long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes for beekeeping workshops.
Jr. Beekeeping
Sat, July 16
Lead by our Assistant Education Director, Jim Matheson, and veteran beekeeper Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries in Farmington, this series is to nurture junior bee enthusiasts ages 10-13. Students will learn all aspects of hive maintenance from spring through fall including feeding, inspection, mite count and treatment as well as how to prepare for honey flow and harvesting. Meets 1 weekend per month through the fall. Take one class or register for all of them!
Nature Journaling & Drawing for the Novice
July 24 & 31
Aug 7 & 14
4 – 6pm
Nature is a healing space. If you love being outside and yearn to capture your experience, join senior Peabody instructor on a walk around Massaro’s beautiful 57-acres.
You’ll explore flora and fauna with sketchbook in hand, avoiding the heat of the day and maximizing great after light. All levels welcome; particularly geared to novice artists & writers or those simply looking to connect with the natural world on a new level. You can take an individual class but classes will also build on each other. Bring your own portable stool or use a folding farm chair. Class size limited.
Class fee includes sketch book, drawing crayons and sketching pencils, eraser. Only cancels if there is steady rain. Wear closed toed shoes for walking around the farm.
Dinner on the Farm Returns
Saturday, September 10 ~ 4:30pm
Our renowned farm-to-table dinner returns for its twelfth year! We’re excited to announce the return of this seasonal farm-to-table meal, featuring the farm’s organic vegetables and other locally produced meats, cheeses and libations. Proceeds directly support our food security efforts.
Each year Massaro donates between 6,000-10,000 pounds of organic produce – the equivalent of 5,000-8,300 meals – to local hunger relief agencies.
Includes appetizers, multi-course meal (catered by Seasonal Catering), dessert, coffee & tea. Open bar. The day’s activities include a farm tour, live music and silent auction. $125/pp. Limited seating.
Summer Youth Crew Back in Action
Beginning in 2018, the farm began a modest program of hiring rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from surrounding towns during peak summer months. This group of teens worked alongside our farm crew for six weeks, learning all aspects of the farm operation, visiting the pantries we serve and the markets we attend. We hope this program nurtures the next generation of land stewards and food advocates.
Thanks to continued funding from The Werth Family Foundation, this program returns for its fifth year in 2022, led by our farm staffers Cass Darrow (below left) and Mary Claire Whelan (below right). The summer youth employment program now runs for eight weeks and includes expanded skills training beyond the farm operation for the youth, such as resume building and safe body care (when doing strenuous work). We are pleased to welcome Steve, Aliah, Bobby, Morrigan, Alex and Bella as this year’s youth crew. We’ll share more about them in the weeks to come.
Build a New Farm Pavilion
For years, we’ve been dreaming of a sturdy structure that can host the increasing number of farm visitors. Now, thanks to partnerships with Haynes Group and Emmett O’Brien Technical School, the farm will erect a 20′ x 32′ post-and-beam pavilion in September. If you visit the farm this summer, you’ll likely see the foundation and lumber staged for this project.
This new structure, located in the farm’s Learning Garden adjacent to our new parking area, will provide year-round gathering space for 75-100 guests and expand our sustainability footprint with two composting toilets.
Etch your place in farm history by purchasing a brick that will form the foundation of the pavilion! Revenue raised through the sale of bricks will provide matching funds already received for this project from The Crippled Children’s Fund and Paul and Judy DeCoster.
4″ x 8″ Brick – $100
8″ x 8″ Brick – $250
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41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT