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Spring is Abuzz at Massaro Community Farm

Massaro Community Farm is a nonprofit organic vegetable farm founded in 2009 on the former Massaro family dairy farm.  As we enter peak farm season, the best way to stay informed of events and educational activities is to sign up to receive our bi-weekly newsletter.  You can sign up on the homepage of our website.  By subscribing, you are sure to receive the latest in farm news.

Family Movie Nights are Back

Join us for our first free movie night of the season on Friday, May 13 beginning at 7:00pm.  Come walk the nature trail, visit the goats and make a craft prior to this month’s feature, A House with a Clock in its Walls.  This event is free, but registration is requested.  Only steady rain cancels.  Blankets and low chairs welcome for this screening on the farm lawn.  Masks are not required for outdoor activities; outdoor restrooms available.  RSVP on www.SignUpGenius.com.

Community Garden Info Sessions

On Saturday, May 14, Massaro Community Farm will be at the Holistic Health Fair taking place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Seymour from 10:00am-3:00pm.  Other vendors will focus on physical and mental well-being.  The farm will be there offering support for community garden engagement; there’s a large community garden adjacent to the church complete with fruit trees and bushes.  We’ll also be painting rock garden markers.  Free and family friendly.  For more information, call the church at (203) 888-6596.  The Church is located at 91 Church Street in Seymour.

Beekeeping Expands to Youth Ages 10-13

Adult beekeeping continues on May 7 and again on May 14 beginning each day at 9:00am.  Spring sessions in the farm’s apiary focus on summer hive inspection, feeding, conducting mite counts and treating for mites.  All levels of beekeepers are welcome.  Veils are available at the farm for use; however, long sleeves, long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended.  Hands-on classes taught in person by experienced beekeepers of the CT Beekeeper’s Association.  Due to popularity, space is limited.  Please register in advance.  $10 donation requested at the door.  Visit our website for the link to register for each class.

We are excited to open registration for a new junior beekeeping program for youth aged 10-13 years.  This is targeted to the next generation of backyard beekeepers and will be conducted in our farm bee yard with youth educator, Jim Matheson, and Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries.  Includes use of a farm veil; however, long sleeves, long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended.  Class with run for 60-90 minutes once each month in the beeyard, covering various aspects of managing a hive.  Limited to 10 participants.  Five sessions for $110.  Register at www.Eventbrite.com.

Adult Wine and Planting Event

On Thursday, May 19 starting at 7:00pm, we’ll gather at the farm for “Sip & Seedlings,” a night of planting and toasting.  Swing by the farm after work to plant a selection of kitchen herbs in a wood planter, ideal for your kitchen window or patio.  Herbs may include parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, or dill.  Includes a glass of wine.  Bring a friend!  $40/pp.  Register on www.Eventbrite.com.

Annual Celebrate Spring Seedling Sale, Fairy House Trail & Maker’s Market

Bring the whole family to farm on Saturday, May 21 from 1:00-5:00pm for Celebrate Spring, the annual organic seedling sale and fairy house trail.  We are one of the few farms in the area that offers organic vegetable and herb seedlings in peat pots; there’s no plastic to dispose of.  Pick up a map and follow the path around the farm to find all the fairy houses.  Enter a raffle to take home your own fairy house.  And for the first time this year, we’ll welcome 30 different local artisans for a Maker’s Market.  Free and open to the public.  Food trucks will be on site with food for purchase. R ain date:  Sunday, May 22.

Concerts Return to the Farm

Massaro Farm welcomes local rock and roll band, Hubinger St. to the farm on Friday, May 27.  We are happy to host the band after getting rained out last fall.  Start your Memorial Day weekend off right by dancing to the tunes of these legendary performers, known for appearances at The Meadows and Soupstock.  Pack a picnic and join us at the farm starting at 7:00pm.  Only steady rain cancels.  $7-$13/pp.  All seating is general admission on the lawn.  Masks not required; blankets and low chairs recommended.  Outdoor restrooms available.  Tickets available on www.Eventbrite.com.

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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