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News & Notes from Massaro Community Farm 6/26/20

Special offer:  Friday night take-out made with Massaro produce

We’re partnering with local caterers to provide take-home meals on three Friday evenings this summer:  July 17, July 31 and August 14.  The meals come from Seasonal Catering, Small Kitchen Big Taste, and The Farm Belly, all of which specialize in cooking with locally grown seasonal ingredients.  The meals will include freshly harvested vegetables from Massaro.  Order online by Tuesdays each of the weeks for pickup at the farm on Friday afternoons.  Prices are $60 to serve two and $100 for four.  Massarofarm.square.site

Summer Camp In A Box

The farm is offering four weeks of virtual camp, July 27 through August 21.  Each week, parents will pick up a kit containing supplies, and campers will also have access to online enrichment.  The interactive portion will run Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and will include several online modules.  Camp will include activities, crafts and games around food, farming, and ecosystems and encourage exploration around the home, yard or public spaces.  The fee is $60 per student per week; sign up at Eventbrite.com; kits will be available for pickup at the farm in advance of each week.

Thanks to a grant from the Valley Community Foundation, the farm is making a limited number of kits available each week to families adversely affected by a loss of income or loss of childcare during the Covid-19 pandemic.  To find out more, please contact Education Director Corey Thomas by calling 203-736-8618 or by emailing education@massarofarm.org.

Garden Helpers Welcome

Massaro Farm has begun a new collaboration with Valley United Way under which the farm will help oversee 13 community gardens in five Valley towns.  Nine of the 13 gardens have been planted with seeds and seedlings donated by the farm; the remainder will be planted in the coming weeks.  Produce harvested from the gardens will go to neighbors and to one of the five Valley food pantries.  In 2019, community members shared approximately 1,000 pounds of produce harvested from the gardens.  A few of the gardens could benefit from additional volunteers.  Those interested may call 203-736-8618 or email Corey Thomas at education@massarofarm.org.

Virtual FORAGING TOUR

On Saturday, July 11, at 9:30 am, the 3 Foragers will lead participants in “Foraging at the Farm,” a guided tour to search for wild edibles.  These experienced gatherers will walk the farm and teach how to identify wild edibles in your own landscape.  They will also suggest how to use your harvest in the kitchen.  The fee is $5/per person.  Register online at Eventbrite.com no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 10, to receive a Zoom link to join the workshop.

Fall Hive-Preparation Workshop

Beekeepers can learn how to prepare their hives for fall in an online presentation on Saturday, July 18, at 9:30 am.  Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries will lead both novice and veteran beekeepers through the steps recommended to monitor and manage your hive in advance of cooler weather.  Tune in live to get your beekeeping questions answered or listen to the recorded version at your leisure.  Register online at Eventbrite.com no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 17, to receive a Zoom link to join.  Please consider making a donation to the CT Beekeeper’s Association (ctbees.org) to support their series.

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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