Know Your Farmer-Subscribe to the 2020 CSA
Drive by Massaro Community Farm this month and it appears dormant, like the landscape. However; appearances can be deceiving. While there are fewer staff on the farm in February, we are busy preparing for all the wonderful produce and events you’ll see come spring. Visit the farm in February and you’ll find us fixing water spigots and tools, building gates and a passive solar water trough for the goats. Days are packed with coordinating educational programming for the year, crop planning, and so many more things that we don’t have time to do in high season when the farm sees most of its visitors. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways for you to be engaged at the farm now. See below for a list of activities coming up this month.
One of the best ways to be engaged and show your love of the planet is to subscribe to our 2020 CSA (community supported agriculture) during February. Securing your seasonal vegetable subscription now helps the farm to plan for the season in advance, and to get administrative work out of the way before spring arrives. Supporting a community farm supports the production of local food, protects open space, reduces your carbon footprint and creates jobs right in your backyard. In Celebration of National CSA Day – February 28, 2020 – Massaro Community Farm will offer a special discount during the week of February 24 for our seasonal vegetable subscription program. The farm offers several options to make it easy for you to enjoy this produce weekly starting in June. Check our website and social media for subscription and our limited-time discount to secure your spot!
Valentine Treats at the Farm
Bring your Valentine to the farm on Saturday, February 15 for back-to-back activities – a family Goat Hike at 10:30am and our first Maple Tapping How-To at 11:30am. On a Goat Hikes, walk goats Poppy, Liz, Gen and Pat along the nature trail and around the farm. Our Nature Trail is ~1-mile loop, includes a few small stream crossings, and is ‘kid’-friendly. Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring the whole family! Only steady rain or heavy snow cancels. $10/family. Stick around for a hands-on workshop on maple tapping. Education Director, Corey Thomas, will teach the basics of tapping maple (or birch or alder) trees and making your very own syrup. We’ll again visit the Nature Trail and learn the steps of creating syrup, including tapping and boiling tips. $10 per individual; $20 per family (includes tapping kit). Space for each of these is limited; Register through the farm’s website or at www.Eventbrite.com.
Winter Vacation Days at the Farm
This winter, Massaro Community Farm is offering School Vacation Days on February 17 and March 20. Children ages 5-11 experience a winter day on the farm, which can include learning wilderness skills, animal feeding and care, and seasonal harvesting. Participants also enjoy arts and crafts, nature walks, and planning for the growing season ahead. Runs 8:30am-3:00pm; $50/child per day, with sibling discounts available. Register at www.Eventbrite.com.
Registration Opens in February for Spring/Summer Programs
Registration opens on February 20 for our spring after-school and summer camp programs. After school programming runs every Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm, with bussing from Beecher Road School. The upcoming session will run for eight weeks and likely begin the first week of April. $150/child. The farm is planning some special improvements to its summer camp for 2020, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise! Visit our website at the end of the month for announcements and registration to Farm Camp 2020.
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. More information can be found by calling the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or visiting the farm’s website at www.MassaroFarm.org.