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Gratitude for All Who Support Massaro Community Farm

2022 CSA Registration Now Open

Thank you to the more than 300 families who subscribed to our vegetable and egg CSA programs in 2021!  In addition to many returning customers, we welcomed approximately 100 new customers to our subscription program, offering the flexibility of a 10-week share and the addition of organic free-range eggs.

Registration for the 2022 CSA season is now open.  At a time when many food prices are on the rise, we are pleased to offer next year’s subscription at the same rate as this past year:  $375 for a 10-week flexible share and $695 for a 20-week share.  We are implementing a tiered pricing structure for subscriptions in order to make the CSA accessible at various price points.  Fruit and egg shares are available again as add-ons, and you can choose to pick up at the farm, or at District in New Haven.  At the farm, you can take advantage of u-pick crops like cherry tomatoes, peas, green beans, flowers and herbs, when available.  The farm now accepts EBT cards as payment for fruit, vegetables, eggs and our jarred products.  Purchase your subscription online using our new third-party platform, GrownBy, or call the farm office at (203) 736-8618 to arrange to swipe your EBT card during normal business hours.

Year to date, Massaro Farm has donated in excess of 6,000 pounds of organic produce and 300 dozen eggs to area hunger relief.  In 2021, we established a new relationship with FISH of Greater New Haven so that farm produce would reach homebound individuals who can’t get to local food pantries.  Produce donations will continue through the end of the year.

Farm Volunteers

The farm just wrapped up its official volunteer hours for the season.  Every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the spring, summer and fall, garden crusaders came out regardless of heat, rain or cold and clipped weeds and vines off fences, moved rocks, planted, harvested, carted mulch and much more.  We are incredibly grateful to volunteers for maintaining the Learning Garden, Valley community gardens and perimeter spaces on the farm.  Special thanks to Chapel Haven CareerAbility, Amity Life Skills and Nonnewaug students for their efforts, and to Andy Danzig for managing volunteers this season.  Animal care chores for the farm’s goats, chickens, rabbits and worm composting bin continue throughout the winter.  Anyone interested in becoming an animal care volunteer should contact the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or send an email to education@massarofarm.org.

Program Participants

In addition to returning to in-person educational programming in 2021, we hosted numerous free family movie screenings and musical concerts on the lawn.  Our summer camp expanded from half-day to full-day in July and August, offering free summer meals through a partnership with Ansonia Food Service Department.

Celebrate Spring, our annual plant sale and fairy house trail, returned this year, along with Dinner on the Farm, our annual farm-to-table fundraising dinner.  This year, Dinner on the Farm raised over $25,000 in support of the farm’s food donation efforts.

Hundreds of new families discovered the farm through these activities; many of them have become animal care volunteers and youth program participants.  We express our sincere gratitude to all those who supported the farm through their attendance, demonstrating the farm’s role as a vital member of the community.

Farm programming will take a little break over the holidays and return with School Vacation Days and Winter Rangers shortly after the New Year.  Please visit our website and sign up to receive our bi-weekly newsletter for new offerings as they are listed.

Board Members

In spring of 2021, we bid adieu to long-time board member, Jon Gorham.  Jon helped write the original USDA grant in 2009 that funded early infrastructure at the farm.  He also served as chair of the farm’s development committee, and as board vice-president (2012-2019) and president (2019-2021).  We welcomed back Sandra Stein, who served from 2018-2019 before serving as a Woodbridge selectwoman, and new members Willa Ridinger of Milford and Theresa Thomason of Shelton.  Willa is an avid outdoor enthusiast and teacher and has led classes at the farm over the past several years.  Theresa has been a member of our development committee since 2016, and performed in a benefit concert alongside Paul Winter, helping raise over $30,000 for the farm.  We owe a special debt of gratitude to all these individuals and their commitment to advancing the mission of the farm.

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 caty@massarofarm.org.

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