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Lots to Enjoy this Fall at Massaro Community Farm

We are pleased to announce the resumption of on-site outdoor programming this fall, providing opportunities for children and adults to enjoy farm activities before winter arrives. Sign up for all programs (unless otherwise indicated) at www. Eventbrite.com.

Youth Explorers Program Returns

The farm’s popular Explorers program for children ages 6-11 begins Sunday, October 4. Participants will identify animal tracks on the trail, build a survival shelter, enjoy safe time by the fire, learn about native plant use, observe the change in seasons, and understand how our lives impact the planet’s health. Class size is limited to eight (8) participants to enable social distancing. This program will run for eight (8) weeks on Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm. $150/child. Inquire at the farm office for pro-rated participation.

Valley Shakespeare presents Snow White

Valley Shakespeare Festival returns to the farm to bring you Snow White like you’ve never experienced it on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. The classic tale that features a beautiful princess, her evil queen, a huntsman, one magic mirror, and the legendary seven dwarfs will be brought to life by TWO ACTORS!  This live performance stars Eric Bermudez and Andie Lerner, bringing a world to life before your eyes with the vibrant creativity and entertaining theatricality you’ve come to expect from Valley Shakespeare.

All three performances – one on Saturday and two on Sunday – will be held outside on the farm lawn. Chairs/blankets encouraged. Outdoor restrooms available. Please wear a mask when entering/exiting the farm and be respectful of other attendees. Space is limited to allow for social distancing. Adults $15; children $10.

Fall Adult Workshop: Make a Fresh Grapevine Wreath

Registration is open for an in-person two-part workshop series. The first workshop will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am when participants will walk the farm cutting and collecting wild grape and bittersweet vines to create a wreath. At that time, you can also collect other items from around the farm and the nature trail that can be later added to your wreath after it’s dried. The end result will be a lovely piece you can keep or gift over the coming holidays. The date for the second workshop to decorate your wreath is TBA for November. Gloves, clippers and wreath materials are included; masks are required $15/pp.

Outdoor concert: The Jolly Beggars

Kick up your heels with this regional Irish band as they play classic Celtic tunes, performing live on Friday, October 23 from 6:00-8:00pm. We’ll have a couple of fires going and hot cider to keep you warm. You can also bring a picnic or purchase a party box prepared especially for us by Olmo and Ordinary. Party box includes a couple of cocktail mixes, cheese and charcuterie. Chairs/blankets encouraged. Outdoor restrooms available. Tickets: $15/pp; party box: $30. Space is limited to allow for social distancing. MassaroFarm.Square.Site.

Get Your Pumpkins at the Farm and Participate in Beecher Road School Pumpkin Display

The farm will be offering pumpkins for sale through its online store beginning Monday, October 5. Support the farm with the purchase of a pumpkin and take your carved creation to Beecher Road School for their drive-through version of the annual Halloween Hoot. Participants are invited to bring their carved pumpkins to the school for a lighted display on the evening of Saturday, October 24. $15 includes a medium-sized pumpkin (15-20 pounds) and a battery-operated tea light candle. Pumpkins may be picked up at the farm on Tuesday and Friday afternoons between 1:30-6:30pm. If you’re attending a performance of Snow White or the Jolly Beggars concert, you can carve your pumpkin at the farm. Purchase pumpkins through our online store: MassaroFarm.Square.Site. Supplies are limited!

Modified Field Trips Return

Reservations are now open for both live and virtual field trips at the farm. As usual, these activities will continue until November, and we anticipate starting again in April 2021. If you’re eager to get your home school group, class or ‘pod’ outside before winter sets in, schedule a small group field trip by calling the farm’s education director Corey Thomas at (203) 736-8618 or emailing him at education@massarofarm.org. The farm’s website has a full list of suggested topics; however, we also work with you to customize lesson plans. Sliding scale.

Community Garden News

Earlier this year, Massaro Farm was tapped by Valley United Way to manage 13 community gardens across the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford and Shelton. With the generous time and commitment of 25 volunteers helping to maintain these gardens, neighbors enjoyed strawberries and a mix of vegetables throughout July and August. Excess produce was added to the ~3,500 pounds of vegetables donated by the farm to hunger relief organizations thus far this season.

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.

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