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Something For Everyone on The Farm This Summer

Our vegetable CSA is sold out!  Thanks to everyone who chose to support local food with the purchase of a subscription.  We do still have egg shares available:  one dozen eggs per week for the full 20-week CSA season ($120) or for the 10-week flexible/half CSA season ($70).  Available both on farm and for New Haven pickup, www.MassaroFarm.org/join-our-csa.  The farm continues to allocate at least 10% of its harvest together with produce grown in community gardens to hunger relief.

Summer Entertainment

Join us for a night of country fun live on the farm!  Saturday, June 26th at 7pm The Mike Collins Band brings modern country music to life in this outdoor concert.  Picnics and coolers welcome.  Bring blankets or low chairs for lawn seating.  All concert tickets ($10-30 each) can be purchased at www.Eventbrite.com.

On Saturday, July 9, starting at 7pm, come to the farm for our next installment of Family Night.  Join us for animal visits, a self-guided nature hike, and a screening of “Field of Dreams.”  Movie starts at approximately 8pm.  This event is free, but we do have a limited capacity; please sign up on our website to reserve your spot.  Food available for purchase from The Mason Jar Exchange.

Also on July 17, starting at 7pm, local band Out the Boxx will perform a mix of old school, funk, R&B and rock.  If you’re in the mood to get up and dance, you won’t want to miss this performance.  Bring blankets or low chairs for lawn seating.  Tickets ($10-30 each) available on www.Eventbrite.com.

Workshops

Join us for a LIVE interactive workshop on reshaping the environment through food waste.  Kale, Kohlrabi & Climate Change will take place Thursday, July 8 at 6pm on the farm.  Farm co-founder and green energy entrepreneur, Jon Gorham, will lead a lively discussion of reducing your food waste while lowering your grocery bills, restoring your health, and creating a more sustainable planet.  $5-$15/pp, www.Eventbrite.com.

The next class in our beekeeping series, conducted by the CT Beekeeper’s Association, will occur Saturday, July 17 at 9am.  We will focus on planning ahead to get your hive ready for fall.  These workshops will continue to be held via Zoom to provide wide access and allow us to record for future reference.  Register at www.ctbees.org/workshops.

Our Farm Staff and Volunteers

As we head into the peak of the season, you may see quite a few people moving about the farm and wonder what they are all doing.  As Massaro Farm has grown in production and programs, so have our staff and partnerships.  We now count these additional staff and volunteers as essential to our operation.

  • Our core farm crew of 6-8 staffers are skilled in all aspects of farm production. They work with us year-round – though less in winter – and have chosen farming for a love of the land and commitment to our mission.  They come from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, dancing, horticulture, quilting and social work;
  • Our summer youth employment program began several years ago with a handful of teenagers working alongside the farm crew. This year, with funding from The Werth Family Foundation, summer youth crew consists of six youth and two supervisors overseeing dedicated projects;
  • Camp instructors will total six as we expand our half-day summer program to a full day, hosting 40 students each week from July 12 through August 13; and finally
  • Students from both Nonnewaug High School (specializing in Agriscience) and Yale University contribute volunteer hours each week, supporting our operation and adding experience to their focus of study.

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 caty@massarofarm.org.

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