Farms in your community help preserve open space, reduce your carbon footprint by contributing to the supply chain and drive the economic engine with jobs. There are many ways you can show Massaro and other local producers your love this month:
- Shop the CitySeed winter farmer’s market at Conte West Hill School (we’ll be there every other week through March)
- Celebrate National CSA Day, February 25, 2022 by subscribing to our 2022 CSA. Vegetables, fruit and eggs available at scaled pricing; also accepting EBT cards
- Enjoy one of our many farm programs for toddlers through adults. Sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter to get all the news on classes and registration info.
- Volunteer! The farm has many ways to be involved, including year-round animal care, garden maintenance, committee and board service.
Below is a list of upcoming winter programs.
Winter Goat Walks
The farm will hold winter goat walks around the farm every other week through February and March. Come take a walk along the trail or along the farm’s perimeter with our five resident goats. This is a lovely small-group social activity and a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. $5/person or $10/family. Eventbrite.com.
There are a few spots left for Massaro Farm’s Winter Explorers program, returning February 6 for children ages 6-11. This on-farm program encourages children to enjoy outdoor activities during the winter season. Participants will look for animal tracks on the trail, build a survival shelter, enjoy safe time by the fire, learn about the change in seasons, understand the impact of climate change on food production and much more. Sessions run for eight weeks but can be pro-rated for latecomers. Led by environmental educator Jim Matheson. $160/per child with sibling discounts available. Eventbrite.com.
School Vacation Days
Registration is open for the next School Vacation Day, Monday, February 21 from 8:30am-3:00pm. For ages 5-11. $50/child for the day. Does not include lunch. Children should dress for outdoor activities. Eventbrite.com.
On Saturday, February 26, Urban Resources Initiative (URI) staffer and native species expert Chris Ozyck will lead volunteers in an exercise of ‘forest divining.’ Chris will instruct volunteers on identifying and pruning invasive vines that, when cut back, allow a healthy forest canopy in the farm’s woods and wetlands. We have a limited number of pruners and loppers; bring your own if you have them. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are suggested. Sign up via Signup Genius on our website.
Maple Tapping How-To
Visit the farm Saturday, February 26 at 2:00pm for this beginner how-to on making homemade syrup. We’ll give you the tools you need and the basics for tapping and boiling syrup from maple and other tree varieties to make your own delicious syrup. If it’s cold, we may even enjoy some time around the firepit. Registration fee includes the cost of a tree tapping kit to use at home. Sliding scale tickets $15-$25/pp. Eventbrite.com.
Garden Workshop Series
If you’re dreaming of spring, Massaro has partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) in New Haven to offer a six-part garden workshop series. Sign up for one class or receive a discount for all six. All classes are offered on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm via Zoom by Advanced Master Gardener Rachel Ziesk.
February 12 – Soils and Composting
February 19 – Garden Planning and Season Extenders
February 26 – Cool Weather Crops
March 5 – Warm Weather Crops
March 12 – Seed Starting
March 19 – Essential Flowers & Herbs for Vegetable Gardens
NHS is generously making these classes available for FREE to any community member who participates in a community garden in New Haven or the Valley. Standard fee: $20/class. Register at Eventbrite.com.
Farm Online Store
Our produce, eggs and jarred products are available through our online store every other week. Order by 8pm Wednesday evenings for pickup on Friday afternoons. Peruse the online store at www.MassaroFarm.Square.Site.
Registration Open for 2022 Seasonal Vegetable Subscription (CSA)
Very soon, we will begin work in our greenhouse, planting the tiny seeds that will eventually produce thousands of pounds of veggies for your weekly CSA. Subscribe to our 10- or 20-week CSA now to assist our farmers in planning for the coming season. For the first time, we are offering our CSA with scaled pricing; you choose the price point that’s right for you. 20-week share: $440-795. 10-week flexible share: $240-425. Fruit option from High Hill Orchard in Meriden: $110. Last year’s CSA sold out early; therefore, we encourage your reservation by April 1 to secure your spot. Print out and return a subscription form or pay online with a credit card at www.MassaroFarm.org.
The farm is also now accepting EBT cards. Call the farm office at (203) 736-8618 to arrange to make payment.
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 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.