On July 10, CT Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and Massaro staff and volunteers installed ~6,000 sq ft of pollinator habitat on the north side of the farm. This area was previously filled with large rock and stump debris, which was recently cleared when the farm made way for its new permeable parking area.
A study from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station demonstrates that in Connecticut, approximately 2/3 of the specialty crop (e.g., diversified growing operations like Massaro) pollination is provided by native pollinator species such as bees, butterflies and certain species of birds. The remaining 1/3 of pollination is predominantly performed by domesticated honeybees. This year, CT NOFA is taking steps to protect native pollinators and safeguard our food supply. If the state continues to face declining pollinators, farms will be faced with new growing challenges. By fostering insect biodiversity wherever it can be found we help maintain and improve pollination for our farm crops in an era of dramatic insect decline. More than 75% of the world’s crops depend on pollinators of one kind of another. When we feed the pollinators, they feed us. By adding pollinator habitat, Massaro Community Farm is playing a vital role of providing sanctuary for these threatened species.
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There are still a few spots open for the farm’s small-group summer program, July 29-August 16. Register your 6-9-year-old for this in-depth farm camp where attendees will spend daily time in the farm’s Learning Garden, explore the nature trail and care for the farm’s small animals. Attendees also enjoy daily snacks prepared with fresh garden produce. Thanks to a grant from Autism Speaks, this year’s summer program also welcomes enrollment of students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the program. $150/child each week. Discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Scholarships are available. Enroll for one week or all three. Registration forms can be downloaded from the farm’s website. Stay tuned for announcements next month on youth programming at the farm this fall.
The farm currently has composting worms, chickens and rabbits and welcomes individuals or families to receive a 15-minute training on checking on and feeding animals, particularly on the weekends.
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Tickets are now on sale for the farm’s annual Dinner on the Farm. If you’ve never been, you won’t want to miss this gathering of friends and neighbors for a farm-to-table feast, Sunday, September 1, 2019. Massaro Community Farm hosts this gathering each Labor Day weekend to celebrate the harvest of the season and to raise funds for our farm education and food donation programs. This year, the farm is excited to be partnering with chefs at Olmo (formerly Caseus) to create a family-style meal featuring roast pork with plenty of vegetarian dishes featuring farm produce, an outstanding selection of cheeses, and dessert from Koffee? and Sono Baking Co. The evening also includes a silent auction and a farm tour with Farmer Steve that you won’t want to miss. This event sells out every year so get your tickets while you can! $150/pp. Visit the farm’s website to purchase tickets online or send a check for the appropriate amount to the farm office.
Massaro Community Farm, Inc. is a nonprofit certified organic farm located in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Its mission is to keep farming, feed people and build community. The farm grows vegetables for seasonal subscribers, farmer’s markets and restaurants. The farm also offers farm-based education for youth and adults and holds community-wide events several times a year. The farm maintains a commitment to donating at least 10% of its weekly harvest to hunger relief agencies and has donated over 60,000 pounds since 2010. For more information about workshops, education or events, please contact the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or visit MassaroFarm.org.