Newsletter – June 6th, 2022

Your neighborhood certified organic farm
June 6, 2022
Family Movie Night
Friday, June 10th
June family movie night is back! Come early and bring a picnic. Visit the goats and chickens while on your way to take a self guided hike on the nature trail. Then stop under the canopy for a fun craft. Finish the evening enjoying a screening of Barnyard. Dress for cool evenings on the farm and bring a blanket or low chair to sit on.
Adult Beekeeping
June 11, 9 – 10:00am
Come and learn about how to perform a summer hive inspection. All levels of bee keepers are welcome to attend this workshop, conducted by Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries. These hands-on sessions run from spring through fall each year. The workshops take individuals through various steps of backyard beekeeping, from hive assembly and bee introduction to detecting disease and preparing the hive for winter.
Class size is limited to 30 so please 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 and gloves available for your use; please wear long sleeves/pants or a bee suit if you have one.
Junior Beekeeping
June 11 10:15-11:30am
NEW! Junior beekeeping classes are to encourage youth ages 10-13 to be the next generation of beekeepers. Led by Assistant Education Director, Jim Matheson.
This month we’ll be introducing a nuc (or a small starter colony) to a hive. All are welcome. Fee per class covers veil, gloves and a beekeeping journal. Meets in the farm’s bee yard. Class size limited to 10.
Mike Collins Band
Saturday, June 25 6pm
Bring some dinner and a seat to join us on the lawn for the return of The Mike Collins Band. Get your tickets now; this performance sold out last year! General seating on the lawn. $7-$13 in advance; $20 at the door (price scaled to make it accessible for everyone).
Summer Camp on the Farm
Summer is fast approaching and we have limited spots left for our Summer Camp on the farm. There is availability in week 2 (July 18th), week 3 (July 25th), and week 4 (August 1st).
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 5-11
$275/week per child (includes t-shirt)
Sibling discounts and scholarships available
Please read the full page of camp info on our website and follow instructions carefully to ensure your spot in the week(s) of your choice. Once you complete the registration info, we’ll send you an invoice with the full amount due; payment can be made via check, ACH or credit card
New 12-week Flower CSA
Brighten your home each week with a fresh bunch of flowers by subscribing to our new flower CSA. In July and August we’ll harvest a great mix of flowers grown here at Massaro, then in September and October you’ll receive dahlias from our friends at Two Meadow Farm (North Haven) and Off Center Farm (Woodbridge). These incredible bunches will vary week to week as we bring in flowers of different colors, shapes and sizes. Start date Tuesday, July 19; end date Friday, October 7.
Limited availability; farm pickup only (Tuesday or Friday), $180 ($15/week). To reserve your flower CSA, email [email protected].
The 2022 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription program is about to begin! In case you’ve been on the fence, there are a few spots left for this weekly fresh vegetable program that begins June 14.
Community Health Improvement Survey
Deadline: June 15
Representatives across the Lower Naugatuck Valley have been working to update the tri-annual Community Index, an overall assessment of living and working in this region.
Your input is requested in order to incorporate as many voices as possible into this year’s Community Index. Feedback not only informs the overall assessment but helps community service agencies like TEAM, the United Way, Griffin Hospital, Massaro and others to gauge where to focus their efforts.
As an active participant in community gardens, food security and nutrition education across the Lower Naugatuck Valley, the farm encourages your participation in this survey. The Foundation asks that those who are either living or working in the Valley provide feedback. Thank you!
Thank you!
During the farm’s recent fund drives, Rock to Rock and The Great Give, your contributions helped secure matching dollars of $28,000 and raise just under $70,000!
We wish to express our deepest gratitude for helping us continue the work of farming, feeding people and building community.