Starting in 2021, Massaro Community Farm is adjusting its program fees in an effort to make them accessible to everyone. We offer sliding scale fees for workshops and scholarships for farm-based education. If you do not see an option that works for you, please reach out to the farm office so we can work with you. See our contact information below. For all in-person events at the farm, we take appropriate safety precautions by keeping group sizes small, temperature screening, practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
Outdoor Winter Explorer Series
Massaro Community Farm has launched its second season of Winter Explorers. This on-farm program encourages children ages 4-11 to embrace outdoor activities during the winter season. Participants will look for animal tracks on the trail, build a survival shelter, enjoy (safe) time by the fire, learn of the importance of the change in seasons, understand the impact of climate change on food production and much more. Sessions run for eight weeks starting February 7 (latecomers welcome). Led by environmental educator Corey Thomas. $150/per child with sibling discounts available. massarocommunityfarm.eventbrite.com.
Winter Wellness Series
When you’re not getting outside, wintertime is also the perfect time to turn your focus inward – to re-energize, rejuvenate and set your intentions for the year. Join Naturopathic Physician Dr. Jenn Botwick for a three-part virtual self-care series to bring awareness to the present moment and take action for your ongoing mental and physical wellbeing during an isolating time. February 18, 26 and March 4, 7:00-8:00pm. Sliding scale fee ($30-$50/pp) includes journal, pencils, plant, votive candle and snacks. massarocommunityfarm.eventbrite.com.
Maple Tapping How-To
Visit the farm Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm for this beginner how-to on making homemade syrup. We’ll give you the tools you need and the basics for tapping and boiling syrup from maple and other tree varieties to make your own delicious syrup. If it’s cold, we may even enjoy some time around the firepit. Admittance includes the cost of the tree tapping kit. Sliding scale tickets $15-$25/pp. massarocommunityfarm.eventbrite.com.
Last spring, Massaro Farm sold three times the number of vegetable seedlings than in prior years! Following that we received many questions about home gardening. Watch for our Garden Bootcamp class coming in March to give you all the details you need for a bountiful garden harvest in 2021.
A Season of Apiary Management Begins
The Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association (CBA) returns to the farm this year for another season of managing your backyard beehives. Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries will lead live workshops from the farm’s apiary beginning Saturday, March 20 at 9:00am. Workshops will run as interactive webinars until it’s again safe to gather in groups. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link to join in. The first session will deal with introducing your new bee package to the hive. This series is offered on a “pay as you go” basis; please consider making a donation to the CBA and support the important work of preserving pollinators: www.ctbees.org. Register at www.ctbees.org/events/.
Farm Online Store
Massaro’s organic produce and other locally produced items are available through our online store every other week. Support local farmers while getting 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.
Registration Open for 2021 Seasonal Vegetable Subscription (CSA)
Did you know we start planting seeds at the end of February? Our toasty little greenhouse will give birth to thousands of seedlings that will find their way into our fields and, eventually, into your weekly CSA. Subscribe to our 10- or 20-week CSA now to assist our farmers in planning for the coming season. This will also free up farm staff time from administrative work later in the spring when they need to be outdoors. 20-week share: $675 cash/check or $695 online. 10-week flexible share: $360 cash/check or $370 online. Fruit option from High Hill Orchard in Meriden: $110. Last year’s CSA sold out early; therefore, we encourage your reservation by April 1 to secure your spot. Print out and return a subscription form or pay online with a credit card at www.MassaroFarm.org.
Massaro Community Farm has always strived to be a place of openness and inclusion. However, we also recognize we are at a time when divisiveness can push us even further apart as a society. Therefore, we are undertaking additional efforts to make sure healthy food is accessible to everyone who needs it, that our programs are equitably priced and that people of all races, colors and creeds feel welcome at the farm. We humbly ask your patience as we navigate this journey and welcome any suggestions you may have. Please call us or email us at any time.
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.