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Massaro Lays Out Plans for New Year of Planting and Programming

Happy New Year from the staff at Massaro Community Farm!  While frigid temperatures give the appearance of no activity at the farm, rest assured there is still plenty going on.  Read a full summary of 2020 accomplishments, including the 8,500 pounds of produce we donated to hunger relief, in our Annual Report available on our website, www.MassaroFarm.org.

Programming:  Bee School and more

All levels of beekeepers are invited to join the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association (CTBA) for its Bee School.  Previously offered as a full day seminar, this annual event will take place entirely online this year at 10:00am on January 9, 16, 23 and 30.  Numerous veteran beekeepers will lead workshops on everything from equipment needs and purchasing bees to best practices for suburban beekeepers and managing your hive through the four seasons.  Fee is $50/pp and includes an annual membership to the CTBA, which offers monthly talks to support your backyard beekeeping efforts.  Register at www.ctbees.org/events/bee-school-2021.

We were extremely pleased at the response to our outdoor activities last fall – youth Explorer series, adult workshops, a concert, and a production of Snow White.  This affirms that amid a pandemic we are all yearning for connection and time away from our screens.  The farm is working on a schedule of remote and in-person activities for youth and adults beginning in February.  Visit our website to sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter or see events posted on Facebook and Eventbrite.

Online Store

Massaro’s organic produce and other locally produced items are available through our online store every other week as long as there is demand.  Avoid the supermarket and support local farmers while getting milk, eggs, buttermilk, kefir, cheese, mushrooms, pork products, coffee, and Massaro produce and jarred tomato products.  Order by 8pm Wednesday evenings for no-contact pickup on Friday afternoons.  Peruse the online store at www.MassaroFarm.Square.Site.

Registration is open for our 2021 Seasonal Vegetable Subscription (CSA)

It took a pandemic to elevate interest in Community Supported Agricultural farm models like ours.  Though they’ve been around since the 1970s, CSAs have been riding the wave of interest in the local food movement in recent years.  We rely on advance subscriptions to know how many seeds to order and how much to plant starting as early as February and March.  Please reserve your 2021 CSA spot today.

Massaro has held CSA subscription prices firm for four years.  But given the increased costs since the onset of Covid-19 coupled with maintaining fair wages for our trained farm staff, we may need to raise prices this spring.  Signing up now will give you the advantage of getting your subscription at existing rates.  Ten and 20-week options available; fruit option made available thanks to High Hill Orchard in Meriden.

Last year’s CSA sold out early, so please reserve your 2021 CSA subscription today.  Print out and return a subscription form or pay online with a credit card at www.MassaroFarm.org.

Seeking Committee and Task Force Members

This year, the farm begins its twelfth year of operation.  Our success is due to our amazing staff, hundreds of community volunteers and to the guidance of board, committee and task force members.  Some of our longtime board members are reaching retirement.  This creates the opportunity for you to lend your energies to Massaro Community Farm.  In becoming a committee or task force member, you can support educational programming initiatives and annual events such as Celebrate Spring, Dinner on the Farm and Family Fun Day.  As a committee member, you can lend your skills in financial management, strategic planning, marketing and fundraising to the strategic direction of the farm.  The farm now draws an audience of ~5,000 visitors each year.  Inquiries can be made to board chair Jon Gorham at president@massarofarm.org or to Caty Poole at caty@massarofarm.org.

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 atwww.MassaroFarm.org or contact Executive Director Caty Poole at 203-736-8618.

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