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A New Pavilion, Music & Fun on the Farm

Massaro Community Farm is partnering with Emmett O’Brien Technical to build a new pavilion in the farm’s Learning Garden.  Buy your brick this summer and become a part of Massaro history!  The farm hosts approximately 6,000 farm visitors each year.  The addition of this new covered space will allow us to comfortably host CSA (community supported agriculture) members, education program participants and volunteers as well as provide critical shade for farm staff.

For several years, we’ve had a vision to create a permanent covered space to host the growing number of farm visitors.  Now, we can finally realize that vision.  The Haynes Group of Seymour performed critical foundation work this spring.  The Emmett O’Brien Technical School carpentry department in Ansonia, a little over a mile from the farm, will begin construction as soon as students return for the fall semester.

The post-and-beam style pavilion, measuring approximately 20’ x 32’, will be a multi-function space, able to accommodate 75-100 farm guests.  It will:

  • provide instructional space for year-round farm education and activities;
  • be conveniently located inside the farm’s Learning Garden, adjacent to the permeable parking area and serve as a convenient meeting place for guests; and
  • be equipped with two composting toilets, expanding the farm’s sustainability footprint.

Purchase your brick this summer and contribute matching dollars to this important project on the farm.  Your brick commemorates you or a loved one and becomes the foundation for the pavilion.  Bricks come in two sizes and can be purchased through the farm’s website or using the following link, https://brickmarkerusa.com/donors/massaro.html.  A 4” x 8” brick sells for $100; a 8” x 8” brick sells for $250.

The State of Connecticut Technical Education and Career system is designed to give students practical, hands-on experience and real-world application of learned theoretical skills.  And while they often work at an educational pace, the student work force can assist in commercial or residential projects at a fraction of market rate.  This project is the culmination of several years’ partnership between the farm and Emmett O’Brien, where culinary students visited, harvested and cooked for farm guests. vIt also accentuates the history of Massaro Farm having a footprint in both Woodbridge and Ansonia.  The farm’s original 100-acre plot bridged Ford Road which is on the line of both towns.

Concerts Return to the Farm:  On Saturday, June 25, Massaro Farm welcomes back the crossover country rock group, The Mike Collins Band from Southbury.  Pack a picnic and join us.  Doors open at 6:00pm; performance at 7:00pm.  Only steady rain cancels.  $7-$13/pp.  All seating is general admission on the lawn.  Masks not required; blankets and low chairs recommended.  Outdoor restrooms available.  Tickets available on www.Eventbrite.com.

Volunteer with the Farm:  There are several opportunities for engagement with Massaro Community Farm, including caring for the farm’s chickens and goats, planting and harvesting community gardens, dropping off produce donations and general farm chores.  Hours vary depending on the activity.  Call the farm office or complete the volunteer form on our website and we’ll get back to you to schedule an orientation, https://massarofarm.org/getting-involved-with-massaro-farm/volunteer/.

Massaro Community Farm is a non-profit, certified organic community farm on 57 acres of land whose mission is to keep farming, feed people, and build community.  In addition to growing vegetables for seasonal subscribers, the farm donates thousands of pounds each year to hunger relief.  The farm serves as a hub of education for all ages and shares its space with the community.  The farm’s nature trail is open to the public 365 days a year.  For more information, visit our website at www.MassaroFarm.org  or contact Executive Director Caty Poole at 203-736-8618 or at caty@massarofarm.org.

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