The month of April offers many ways to celebrate Earth Day and the onset of spring!
Rock Earth Day with Team Melonhead and help us earn a $20,000 match
Celebrate Earth Day 2021 by walking, hiking or cycling as a member of the “Massaro Melonheads” team in the annual Rock to Rock Earth Day fundraising event. Join our award-winning team of walkers and riders by a) logging miles on your own during the month of April or b) showing up on Saturday, April 24 for socially distanced walks/rides.
This year, we received a generous challenge grant of $20,000; you can help us secure that grant by fundraising with an easy-to-use online platform. Register on RocktoRock.org or contact Caty Poole at email@example.com for assistance.
April 10 Day of Service
Volunteer for our annual spring Day of Service, Saturday, April 10 from 10:00am-1:00pm. This event is held in conjunction with Earth Day. It’s the perfect time to help us tidy up the farm for guests and get things in order for planting. Sign up at RocktoRock.org.
Subscribe to our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Nourish yourself and your family by subscribing for a 10- or 20-week CSA share of our fresh organic produce. Distribution set to begin in mid-June. Supporting an organic farm like ours sequesters carbon, creates natural habitat and reduces your carbon footprint. We have already started planting summer crops so it’s important for you to sign up now before we sell out. Subscribing to our CSA also protects open space, creates jobs and supports the donation of thousands of pounds of fresh produce to hunger relief each year. Distribution begins in mid-June. Full share – $695; Half share – $370. www.MassaroFarm.org/join-our-csa.
Get involved in a Community Garden
The farm manages 13 community gardens in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford. We welcome both new and experienced gardeners to help oversee these vegetable gardens, including watering, weeding and harvesting. We supply all the materials; you set your own schedule! Take the produce home or add it to our donations for hunger relief partners. Visit our site for more details or to sign up: www.MassaroFarm.org/community-gardens.
Take the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) 21-Day Equity Challenge
Join the farm in taking the FSNE pledge to build the capacity for our region to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060 while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. The 21-Day Equity Challenge which begins on April 5, invites participants to deepen their understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism for twenty-one consecutive days in April of 2021. Explore and sign up at www.foodsolutionsne.org.
Upcoming Spring and Summer Activities
Registration is now open for several farm programs:
- Full-day Summer Camp July 12-August 13 for campers aged 4-11;
- Backyard Goat Basics, Saturday, April 17 @ 10:00am;
- Spring Explorers, weekly on Sundays for ages 4-11, beginning April 18;
- Beekeeping (virtual), April 24 @ 9:00am.
The farm is also accepting applications for its Summer Youth Employment Program for teens 15-18. Please visit our website for all the registration and application information: www.MassaroFarm.org.
Online Store is Open for Business
Massaro’s organic produce and other locally produced items are available through our online store every other week. Support local farmers with your purchase of milk, eggs, buttermilk, kefir, cheese, mushrooms, pork products, coffee, and Massaro produce and jarred tomato products. Other items added based on their availability. Order by 8pm Wednesday evenings for no-contact pickup on Friday afternoons. Peruse the online store at www.MassaroFarm.Square.Site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.