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SECURE YOUR 2018 CSA SUBSCRIPTION
Photo courtesy Johnny’s Seeds.
Fellow gardeners know that January is planning time for growers. Our farm staff is hunkered down inside, ordering supplies, organizing equipment, choosing seeds and planning crops for another bountiful season at Massaro Community Farm in 2018. 
  • Support preserved open space in your community.
  • Support local job creation.
  • Support a direct relationship with your local growers.
  • Support connections with your neighbors.
  • Support sharing our bounty with neighbors in need.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION RESCHEDULED:
JANUARY 20, 2018 12:30PM

The new date for the Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and get together will be Saturday, January 20th from 12:30- 2:30pm. We will have some fun foods with vegan/gluten-free options. Whether you’ve volunteered once or numerous times at the farm, join us for this opportunity to thank YOU – at Beechwood Road School in the South Assembly Room.  Please RSVP to Becca at operations@massarofarm.org to let us know if you can come! You’re welcome – but not required – to bring a dish to share. Thanks for all you do for Massaro Community Farm! 

HAVE A SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FARM
Farm supporters Sharon de Kadt, Mary Gorham and Roxy Buda showing up for the Massaro Melonhead bike team at Rock to Rock 2017. 
Since inception, the majority of what happens at Massaro Community Farm is created and carried out by volunteers. Individuals like YOU approach us with a suggestion or an idea for programming. No idea is insignificant. Volunteers, supporters, board members and staff are all equally important to the farm’s success. 
You could – 
  • offer a workshop or turn that idea into a lesson plan for youth field trips
  • play music for a farm event
  • share a skill with other like-minded individuals
  • provide suggestions for farm infrastructure and long-term planning
  • share your excitement: lead a 30-minute farm tour 
These are just a few suggestions for what your involvement with the farm could look like. Call the farm office (203-736-8618) or visit us at one of our upcoming events to share your thoughts and ideas with us about the future of Massaro Community Farm. We look forward to hearing from you. 

BEEKEEPING OPPORTUNITIES THIS WINTER
Massaro Farm’s collaboration with Connecticut Beekeeper’s Associationwill continue in 2018. This means more workshops and more information sharing for new and existing backyard beekeepers!  
If you’re considering beekeeping or already have hives, you won’t want to miss
Bee School, a full-day session on everything you need to know. 
January 20, 2018 (Agricultural  Experiment Station, New Haven) OR
February 3, 2018 (Housatonic Valley Regional High School)
 
Either way, you’ll want to sign up early as these sessions sell out!
Also, NEW in 2018, CTBA will be hosting BEETALKS, monthly gatherings to meet and exchange information and practices on beekeeping. The meetings will be held monthly at the Rockfall Foundation in Middletown, on the second Thursday of each month beginning on January 11, 2018 at 6:30pm. January’s topic discussion will be on the nutritional needs of an overwintering colony and how to formulate a simple but appropriate supplemental food.
Bee Talks will be led by farm friend and neighbor, Bill Hesbach, of Wing Dance Apiary in Cheshire. For more information contact Bill at whesbach@me.com or (203) 430-2895.

MASSARO AND WOODBRIDGE LIBRARY
CO-HOST NEW SERIES
Massaro Farm and the Woodbridge Library are partnering to bring you a series  that will focus on local food.  We want to keep good local food on your mind during the colder months of the year. Join our first event, a vegetarian-themed potluck on January 31 from 6:00-8:00pm
Upcoming events in this series will include a screening of the movie, “Fresh,” Eating With the Seasons, and Cooking With Herbs & Spices from Your Garden. These additional events will take place on the last Wednesday of February, March and April. 
Be bold! Start the new year by trying a new recipe: select from the many cookbooks available at the library.
Bring a dish to share, its recipe, a serving spoon, and a friend. 
Plates, napkins and cutlery will be provided. 
RSVP by calling the library at (203) 389-3433 or by visiting their website.

ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE
Farmer Steve with bins of produce to be donated to CT Food Bank.
Our 2017 Annual Report is now available, which includes highlights of our food donations and the past year on the farm. We got to oversee more farm improvements, saw many new faces on the farm – both staff and volunteers – and hosted a visit by farm family descendant, Jim Massaro. Of course we take the most pride in fulfilling our mission to
Keep Farming, Feed People, and Build Community.
 
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 
The Kayne Family
The Valley Community Foundation * Stihl
BIC Corporation * 
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Hocon Gas, Inc. * Schaefer Inspection Services
Wells Fargo 

A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * Guido & Anne Calibrese * Nancy Daoud
Encon * Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC * Serv-Pro of Milford-Orange-Sratford
Marcus Insurance *
 Stop & Shop