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Massaro Melonheads Hope to Make A Mark

Massaro Melonheads Hope to Make A Mark

4Bowing-MelonHeadsWant to be a MelonHead? The Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT is recruiting riders for its Rock to Rock bike team. They call themselves the Magnificent Massaro MelonHeads because of the helmets they wear.

For the past three years the Massaro Community Farm has fielded a bike team for the Rock to Rock Earth Day ride and had lots of fun doing so. This year, more than thirty environmental groups will come together on April 30th to create a greener, healthier community. The Massaro MelonHeads hope that everyone who joins them has an especially fun time this year while raising money for the farm’s Centennial Celebration and capital fundraising campaign.

One hundred years ago the Massaro family immigrated from Italy and purchased the farm located at 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge. In 1995 the farm fell into disrepair when the last Massaro family farmer was injured and was forced to retire. For about a dozen years, the farm lay unused; the barn, farmhouse and poultry shed began to decay. In 2008, a group of concerned citizens formed the nonprofit Massaro Community Farm, (MCF) and began its work on restoring the property.

During its Centennial year, MCF is presenting over two dozens events offering the public opportunities to enjoy the farm property. These include after school programs, adult workshops, farm-based field trips, a wellness series, garden education and more. Visit the website (www.massarofarm.org) for more details. “It’s important to get kids outside so that they are seeing it as a realm of wonder…MCF is a model at the forefront of the community,” said naturalist and current board member Louisa Cunningham, herself a Massaro MelonHead rider and fundraiser.

How to Join and What You Can Get in Return: MCF is recruiting riders who want to win a MelonHead bike helmet and other valuable prizes if they succeed in their fundraising goals. Serious riders can go 12, 20, 40 or 63 miles, if they choose. Families are urged to sign up, too, since this can be a fun, 8-mile jaunt through some of New Haven’s best parks. The goal for all is to celebrate Earth Day and get outside to enjoy springtime while raising money for the farm. The nutcase company in Portland, Oregon, the maker of the watermelon helmets is a supporter of MCF. See: http://bit.ly/1peW5R0.

Contact Massaro MelonHead bike team captain, Jon Gorham (jon@jongorham.com) for instructions on how to sign up. You will be provided with an easy-to-use, personalized website and be given support in your fundraising efforts. Come join the team, have fun, and support the farm!

About Massaro Community Farm: Organized in 2008, Massaro Community Farm, Inc. is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm in Woodbridge, CT. We are committed to supporting the legacy of farming, feeding our neighbors in need, and building community through our events and hands-on education for all ages. For more information about the farm, please visit www.MassaroFarm.org, or call the farm office at (203) 736-8618.

About Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride: Rock to Rock is New Haven’s biggest Earth Day celebration. About a thousand riders will travel from West Rock to East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, riders eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, and explore our city’s parks and neighborhoods. To learn more, go to: http://www.rocktorock.org.

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