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News & Notes From Massaro Community Farm

We are pleased that so many people have taken advantage of the outdoor events and activities we’ve offered during the month of October.  Even though you will see less of us over the next few months, we’ll continue to hold activities as long as it is feasible.  Farm products, both from our own fields and from nearby farms, will continue to be for sale through our online store (as long as there is demand) while we plan for another robust season in 2021.  Event registration is on Eventbrite.com unless otherwise stated.

Youth Explorers Program:  New Session Added

Registration is open for the second session of our popular outdoor Explorers program, Sundays from 11:30am-1:30pm.  The current series began October 18 and will run through December 6 and you may pay pro rata for the number of weeks you child can attend.  Geared for children ages 6-11.  Participants will identify animal tracks on the trail, build a survival shelter, enjoy safe time by the fire, learn about native plant use, observe the change in seasons, and understand how our lives impact the planet’s health.  Class size is limited to eight (8) participants to enable social distancing.

Fall Adult Workshop:  Medicinal Oils and Herbs with Mary Claire Whelan

There are only a few spots left for this medicinal herb class on Saturday, November 14 from 2:00-4:00pm.  Herbal oils and salves are a wonderful and easy way to integrate plant-based health and wellness into your life.  Join Massaro farmer Mary Claire Whelan as she describes some of the medicinal herbs growing around the farm.  Together, you’ll create your very own topical preparations.  Great for beginning herbalists and those looking to start integrating plant-based wellness practices into their lives.  Everyone will return home with 1 jar of medicinal oil and 1 tin of homemade salve.  Dress for outdoor seasonal weather and please wear a mask.  $30/pp.

Registration Opens For Our 2021 Seasonal Vegetable Subscription

We know that next spring seems a long way off.  But for those of you wanting to enjoy a weekly share of organic vegetables from our farm, subscribing now supports the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model.  When you sign up now, you provide us with the cash we need to purchase equipment and supplies, allowing Farmer Steve to plan more efficiently for the growing season.  This past year, we experienced a 20% growth in CSA customers and even had to turn some folks away.  You can secure your 2021 CSA subscription now with a deposit of as little as $100; flexible payment plans are available.  In the meantime, you can enjoy a selection of winter crops through our online store.  Pricing for 10-or 20-week CSA shares and descriptions of what’s in a share can be found on our website:  MassaroFarm.org/join-our-CSA.

Recent Grant Awards

The farm is the recipient of two grant awards that will further improve our infrastructure.  First, we were awarded a grant from National Resource Conservation Service (a division of USDA) for work to be completed over the next 24 months.  This award covers installation of a new drainage swale in our largest field on the North side of the farm, for the planting of native perennials on the slope adjacent to our recent parking addition, for an improved gravel driveway behind the produce wash station and for another high tunnel.  The second award is from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and would support the purchase of a new solar-powered chicken coop to house up to 300 chickens, along with egg washing and storage facilities.  We plan to add a chicken operation to the farm in 2021 to permanently make fresh eggs a part of our offerings.  Each of these grants would require matching funds.

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

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