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From Massaro Farm: Certainty in Uncertain Times: Massaro Plan(t)s for the 2020 Season

Massaro Community Farm has canceled its on-the-farm educational offerings through April 20, in accordance with Governor Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order. However, our farm staff is busily preparing for another season, planting seeds sure to deliver a bountiful season of produce.

Farm Education Continues – From a Distance

April is typically when school groups and volunteers return to the farm, eager for fresh air. Due to current public health concerns, on-farm educational activities and volunteer hours are temporarily suspended. The Nature Trail remains open for your enjoyment. Please consider joining us for one of the upcoming virtual workshops:

Join us online for Garden Bootcamp Workshop on April 11 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. This virtual lesson will be brought to you from our Learning Garden, providing you with a crash course on planting, composting, pest management and intercropping for your best garden yet. You can buy a ticket to the live workshop only or for the workshop and a kit to build your own raised garden bed. Workshop only: $15. Workshop with garden kit and seeds: $75. Register at Eventbrite.com and you’ll receive a link to the Zoom conference.

On April 18 at 9:30 am and again at 11:30 am, the scheduled beekeeping workshop on spring hive inspections will take place online. We’ll film Connecticut Beekeepers experts live as they open select hives to check on how many bees survived the winter and determine what treatment, if any, is needed. We’ll even take your questions in real time. Register online at Eventbrite.com and you’ll receive links to the Zoom conference and the website, allowing you to make a donation to the CT Beekeeper’s Association.

Now Accepting CSA Subscriptions

Act now to reserve your subscription for our 2020 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season. Purchasing your vegetables from a local farm gives you the added assurance of keeping dollars in your local economy, supporting local producers of nutritiously dense food, and reducing your carbon footprint. Subscribe for 10 or 20 weeks of vegetables from Massaro and support our commitment to donate at least 10% of our annual harvest to hunger relief, relief that will be needed this year more than ever. Members can pick up their shares at the farm or at several New Haven locations. Stay tuned for additional delivery accommodations we may make, depending on Covid-19 concerns. Sign up on our website: www.MassaroFarm.org.

Pre-Order Products Available for Farm Pickup

Two weeks ago, the farm partnered with Before and After Farms, Five Acre Farms and Seacoast Mushrooms to offer pre-orders for pickup on Friday afternoons. Orders placed by mid-week are packaged and made available during assigned time slots on Friday afternoons. Many of our fellow farmers have lost major sources of revenue with the many business closures connected to Covid-19. Please keep in mind that our harvest of fresh produce is limited at this time of year. We currently offer the following for pre-order on MassaroFarm.square.site: select Massaro vegetables, jarred crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce and salsa, salami, sausage, eggs, milk, buttermilk, and mushroom mixes. Sign up for our newsletter at MassaroFarm.org to receive updates on what’s available each week.

Massaro’s “Team Melonheads” Gets Ready to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The annual Rock to Rock Earth Day celebration will go on this year in a slightly modified format. Organizers of this annual ride across New Haven are allowing registrants to opt for their own activity (cycling, walking, or another climate-friendly activity) to continue raising funds for the 30 or so participating nonprofits. Many teams like Massaro Community Farm rely on this event as a significant fundraising source.  Participants are encouraged to choose one of the existing mapped rides (individually or with family rides) and post their actions on social media using #myrocktorock or #rocktorock2020. The fundraising platform will remain open through the end of May. If your income hasn’t been impaired by the current crisis, and you have saved on normally occurring expenses (gas, dry cleaning, movies, restaurants), consider applying those savings to the Massaro Melonheads fundraiser. You may also split your contribution among up to three nonprofits.

We know that food pantries will be happier than ever to receive fresh farm produce in 2020. Even if you’re not a cyclist, we encourage you to register (at a new reduced rate of $5/pp) and take an action on behalf of local nonprofits. www.RocktoRock.org.

Massaro Community Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm on the border of Woodbridge and Ansonia, CT. It is committed to supporting the legacy of farming, feeding neighbors in need, and engaging community through events and hands-on education for all ages. Pledge your support now to the farm’s continued food donation and farm education programs. You can find out more by calling the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or visiting the farm’s website at www.MassaroFarm.org.

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