Farm Maintains Commitment to Hunger Relief
A primary purpose of Massaro Community Farm’s mission is to help ensure that healthy food is accessible. The farm donates at least 10% of its harvest throughout each season to hunger relief agencies. With its last donation made just days before Christmas, the farm’s fresh produce donations totaled 6,240 pounds in 2019, or 12.75% of its yearly harvest. We are pleased to have made the equivalent of 5,200 meals available to those who otherwise might not be able to add this fresh produce to their weekly meal preparations. Ongoing partner agencies include the Salvation Army (Ansonia), Spooner House (Shelton), Woodbridge Human Services, First Presbyterian Church (New Haven), Loaves & Fishes (New Haven), and several other one-time recipients.
Plenty of Winter Activities
The farm’s 2020 adult workshop series kicks off with Sip ‘n Stitch, an embroidery class led by experienced farm staffer and experienced quilter, Alyssa DesRosier. During the off-season, DesRosier creates unique new quilting patterns and other cloth creations. Come to the Ansonia Library on January 14 at 5:00pm where participants will enjoy sipping hot, healthful teas while receiving instruction in the creation of a lovely piece of embroidery to take home or gift to a friend. Offered on a sliding scale from $20-$35.
Spots are still available for upcoming School Vacation Days, to be held on January 20, February 17, March 20, April 10 and May 25. Children ages 5-10 will spend six hours on the farm learning wilderness skills, animal feeding and care, and receiving nutritional education. Participants will also enjoy arts and crafts, nature walks, and planning for the growing season ahead. $50/child per day, with sibling discounts available.
The farm’s first ever Winter Rangers program begins January 12. This eight-week series for children ages 5-10 will stave off cabin fever and encourage outdoor exploration. Each Sunday afternoon, children will spend several hours outside looking for animal tracks in the snow, building a winter shelter, enjoying (safe) time by the fire, and learning about the change in seasons. Participants will come to understand the impact of climate change on food production and much more. $100/child with sibling discounts available.
Finally, bring the whole family to the farm for Goat Hiking. Starting on January 18 at 10:30am, we invite all ages to join us on the third Saturday of each month for a hike around the farm and the nature trail with the goats. Goats at Massaro Community Farm are grazing in areas that are typically hard to maintain, clearing fence lines and controlling invasive species. We’ll walk the nature trail with Poppy, Liz, Jen and Pat and discuss a variety of topics related to wildlife and farming. Goat hikes will also take place on February 15, March 14 and April 18. Suggested donation of $10/family. Only heavy rain or snow cancels. Please dress for cold weather.
Registration or RSVP for any of the above winter activities can be made at www.Eventbrite.com.
Mark your calendars for a Spring Equinox event the farm will be hosting in partnership with Grammy-award winning Paul Winter. On March 19 at 5:00pm, Winter will present his Flyways project at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge (see our ad in this issue). This presentation is a recorded musical and video representation of the great bird migration that moves from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia each year. Engage in conversation with Winter and other farm representatives to hear how your choices can impact Earth’s many species that are threatened by climate change, war and other factors. On Sunday, March 22, the Paul Winter Consort will perform a concert at Church of the Assumption in Ansonia. A pre-concert reception will be held at 3:00pm; concert to follow at 5:00pm. Prices TBA.
2020 Vegetable Subscriptions
Registration is now open for the farm’s 2020 vegetable subscription program, or CSA. With a CSA subscription, you source fresh vegetables directly from your local farm, which reduces the miles your food travels to your plate, encourages seasonal eating, and supports healthy produce for food insecure neighbors.
Massaro Community Farm offers multiple options to suit your needs, including pick-up and drop-off locations. A fruit option is also available from High Hill Orchard in Meriden. Subscribe by downloading a form from our website or by subscribing online. Generally, the harvest season is from June through October each year, when you can enjoy 40 or more different vegetable crops.
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.