As the fifth successful growing season at Massaro Community Farm draws to a close, we’d like to share several exciting and important updates with you. In our upcoming Annual Report, you will read about the farm’s hugely successful annual farm-to-table dinner held over Labor Day weekend and our sixth annual Family Fun Day held over Columbus Day weekend. You’ll also see highlights of educational offerings that draw ever-increasing attendance and Massaro Community Farm’s continuing commitment to donate organic produce to local hunger relief organizations.
With the growth of subscribers to our seasonal CSA vegetable program, as well as our educational programs and events, it recently became important for the farm to assess its facility needs for the future. Last fall, a Facilities Planning Committee representing a cross-section of farm interests was convened to review the farm’s infrastructure with the goal of making recommendations for needed additions. The committee determined that improved parking was the highest priority for the farm, and spent a substantial amount of time considering the best possible location. The committee gratefully acknowledges the volunteer contributions of Woodbridge architects, Beck Swanson and Bob Tucker.
Earlier this month, both boards governing the farm adopted the recommendation of the committee to provide for improved parking in a subsection of field off of Ford Road, just north of the two-story dairy barn. It is anticipated that the proposed parking area will be permeable and grass covered, with a mixture of native plantings for visual appeal. The proposed parking area will remove primary parking from the center of the farm where equipment and people currently cross back and forth. It will also:
- provide designated handicapped parking;
- allow farm machinery to operate unobstructed by visitor traffic;
- provide a drop off/pickup zone separate from parking; and
- allow for deliveries to occur away from pedestrians.
Continued farming remains our primary goal at the farm, with the secondary purpose of giving back to the community, providing education and open space. It is worth noting that additional priorities identified by the planning committee include an equipment shed on the eastern (rear) side of the high tunnels, an improved wash station, increased refrigeration space for storing produce, and upgraded education space.
We are so pleased to have such tremendous community support for farming here in Woodbridge, and we are working hard to continue our practice of mindful land use and growing a self-sustaining business. Examples of that include the addition of three new high tunnels to lengthen the growing season for many crops, replenishing native plantings, and erosion control work.
Massaro Farm is grateful for the support of its many volunteers and friends as it continues to fulfill its mission: Keep Farming, Feed People, Build Community. For more information about the farm, please contact the farm office, or visit our website – www.MassaroFarm.org – where you can view a copy of our strategic plan and past annual reports.