Two Unique Events with Grammy-Award Winning Paul Winter
The farm is lucky to once again partner with the seven-time Grammy-Award winning musician, Paul Winter and his consort for two unique events on March 19 and March 22. These two events mark the Spring equinox and will raise funds for the farm’s growing list of educational programs. On March 19, Paul will perform Flyways, a musical chronicle of the Great Bird Migration. This solo performance will begin at 5:00pm at the JCC of Greater New Haven. This evening will also feature a silent auction of Earth-centric artists. On March 22, the five-member Paul Winter Consort will perform In Celebration of the Earth, a feature length concert with Shelton vocalist Theresa Thomason, at Church of the Assumption in Ansonia. Pre-concert reception at 3:00pm; Performance at 5:00pm. As always, Paul’s music draws from his roots in jazz, classical and world music, and is interwoven with voices from the natural world. Individual tickets are $20 and $40, respectively. Individual or combination tickets for both events can be purchased at www.Eventbrite.com.
Subscribe to Receive 10 or 20 Weeks of Organic Vegetables
Massaro Community Farm operates on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. We rely on subscribers to sign up to receive a weekly vegetable share in advance of the season, which runs generally June through October. Signing up in advance helps the farmer plan his crops for the season. It also brings in a cash infusion at the beginning of the year, when we need to purchase supplies and equipment. The farm offers on-farm pick-up, along with several New Haven drop-off locations. We also offer a 10-week flexible share so you can choose the weeks to receive produce that best suits your schedule. Purchasing locally grown food is one of the most impactful and direct ways to affect climate change. Sign up on our website: www.MassaroFarm.org.
March Kicks off New Season of Farm Programming
Visit the Ansonia Library where we’ll host College Prep: More Than Academic on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:00-7:00pm. This talk for parents and teens is presented by Naturopath Dr. Jenn Botwick. Dr. Jenn will address how mental health, diet and lifestyle choices all play a critical role in your young adult’s successful transition to college life. Held in conjunction with the opening of a new Teen Center at the Ansonia Library.
The farm will be roaring with activity beginning in March. Registration opens for Growing Sprouts, a farm exploration series for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. This eight-week series will be at the farm, Sundays from 10:30am-11:30am. Families are invited to explore the farm, visit our farm animals, harvest from the garden, try new foods, and experience the natural world, beginning April 12. Loosely structured to allow plenty of garden and farm exploration. $100/child.
Massaro Community Farm will hold three more School Vacation Days on March 20, April 10 and May 25, 2020. Children ages 5-11 experience a full day on the farm as we launch into the busy spring season. Activities include animal feeding and care, planting in the Learning Garden, and seasonal harvesting. Participants also enjoy arts and crafts and nature walks. Runs 8:30am-3:00pm; $50/child per day, with sibling discounts available. Register for College Prep, Growing Sprouts and School Vacation Days at www.Eventbrite.com.
Registration is now open for Kids Dig Farms, our Spring After School series beginning Thursday, April 2, also for children ages 5-11, from 3:30-5:30pm. Late winter is a great time for your child to experience the farm’s seasonal transition into spring. The landscape changes dramatically from barren to sprouting with life. Garlic shoots up in the garden as temperatures warm and animal tracks appear on the Nature Trail. This program is open to students from Woodbridge and surrounding towns. A dedicated bus transports students from Beecher Road School to the farm; parents pick up at Massaro Farm. $150/child. Registration for this program is made through the Woodbridge Recreation Department website, www.woodbridgect.org/recreation-programs, or by calling (203) 389-3446.
Massaro’s Team Melonheads Gets Ready to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Stop by Bad Sons Beer Co. for a Melonhead Happy Hour, Thursday, March 5, 6:00-8:00pm, Roosevelt Drive, Derby. We’re recruiting cyclists of all levels to join our winning team, the Massaro Melonheads, as we ramp up for another year of the annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride across New Haven. The ride takes place Saturday, April 25. This year, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and join 30 fellow environmental organizations working to make our region a greener, healthier place to live and work. In 2019, Melonhead riders raised over $28,000 for the farm, had lots of fun and won some really cool prizes. Funds raised in 2020 will support the farm’s sustainability initiatives including exterior solar lighting, an EV charging station, worm composting and more. Sign up to ride with us that night and enjoy a free beer on us!
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.