Newsletter – September 15, 2022

Your neighborhood certified organic farm
The Jolly Beggars Concert
Saturday, September 17
The regional contemporary Irish band returns to the farm for an encore performance. The forecast is wonderful and September is a perfect month to bring a picnic and enjoy The Jolly Beggars on the lawn. Doors open at 6pm; performance at 7pm. Admission is general seating; bring chairs or a blanket. We look forward to seeing you! $10/pp.
Family Birdwatching
Sat, September 17
Walk the farm trail with your family to view and learn how to identify native and migrating birds.
Bring your nature-oriented child to learn how to identify birds and the importance of nurturing bird friendly habitats. September is a great time to see native and migrating birds across CT and the farm provides a mix of structure that attracts a wide variety of birds. Please dress appropriately for a hike and wear comfortable, closed toed shoes. Led by experienced birders Chris Loscalzo and James Sirch.
Family friendly and FREE. Six child-sized binoculars available for use.
Last Beekeeping Workshop for this Season!
Sat, September 10
Join us this Saturday for the last adult beekeeping workshop of the season. The focus will be on preparing your hive for winter.
Led by Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries. 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. Wear a bee suit or long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes for beekeeping workshops.
Seeking Outdoor Educators for Fall Programs
The farm is seeking additional instructors to lead or co-lead fall activities such as after school programming, home school series, field trips and more. Experience leading group outdoor activities preferred; may involve occasional weekend hours.
Send your resume and letter of inquiry to education director Beth Rafferty at [email protected].
We would LOVE to meet you!
Registration Open for Ansonia After School Program
Registration is open for after school programming on Wednesdays starting September 28. Program runs one afternoon weekly from 3:30-5:30pm for 8 weeks. Wednesday session is generally for Ansonia school district and includes limited bus transportation to the farm.
Thursday after school program for Amity School District is currently full. We’ll let you know if more spots open up!
Fall Farm CSA
On Sale Now
Our 6-week fall CSA is now available for purchase. Sign up at our GrownBy page and pay online or bring in payment; $180 for on-farm pickup, $200 for District pickup. The fall CSA begins in November, immediately following the end of our summer CSA, and continues in to December after a Thanksgiving break. Pickup will be available on Wednesdays at District in New Haven, and Fridays at the farm. There will be no Tuesday pickup at the farm. Space is limited!
Build a Farm Pavilion:
Buy a Brick
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

Thank you to all of our 2022 sponsors:
Southern CT State University
Frank and Mary D’Ostilio
Explorers Learning Center
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Retina Systems
LeClaire Heating and HVAC
The Glass Source
Jimmie’s Place
KES Tree Service
Shake This
Allen’s Plumbing Supply
Little Bit Farm
Ciola Excavation
JNP Landscaping
Kristy Laydon, Realtor
The Farm wishes to acknowledge the Katharine Matthies Foundation for its recent grant of $7,500 in support of our food security efforts across the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
(203) 736-8618
41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT
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