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The Farm ‘Ramps’ Up for Busy Season

Massaro Community Farm has canceled its in-person educational offerings through May 20, in accordance with Governor Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order.  May is a busy month as our staff transitions to outdoor work, temperatures warm up and vegetables are planted with fervor to fill our seasonal CSA subscriptions.

A Note of Gratitude:  The farm is grateful to be open for business during these stressful times.  We especially want to thank everyone in the community who supported us with pledges during the annual Rock to Rock Earth Day event and The Great Give 2020.  With generous matches from The Werth Family Foundation and the King family, the farm raised approximately $31,000 from the two events.  These events helped raise funds for the farm’s farm food donations and educational programs.  Thank you!

The farm’s vision has never been more relevant:  “We envision a world where everyone has access to fresh, local and healthy food, where communities feel connected to the land and each other, and where hands-on engagement helps individuals build a healthier future for themselves and for the planet.”

Farm 2020 Vegetable Subscription is Sold Out:  Due to an overwhelming demand for local farm products, our 2020 CSA season is sold out!  We greatly appreciate the support from the Greater New Haven community.  If you subscribed to our seasonal CSA, you should receive an email from us in the next couple of weeks letting you know the exact start date (anticipated the first or second week of June) distribution will begin at the farm, with specific instructions for pickup.  Please pay close attention to new protocols we may have in place for your safety.  Though we are finalizing the details of exactly how weekly distribution will occur, you can expect your share to be pre-boxed or bagged.  We also plan to eliminate any u-pick on the farm this season, but you’ll still receive a bounty of certified organic produce from your neighborhood farm!

If you missed signing up for the seasonal subscription, please check the farm’s website or sign up for our newsletter to receive information about where else you can find Massaro Community Farm produce.  You may find us at the New Haven farmer’s markets or purchase products through our weekly online store (MassaroFarm.square.site).  The online store also includes Before & After Farms pork products, Seacoast Mushrooms, and Five Acres Farms’ dairy and eggs.  Purchasing your vegetables from a local farm gives you the added assurance of keeping dollars in your local economy, supporting local producers of nutritiously dense food, and reducing your carbon footprint.

Farm Learning at a Distance:  While youth education is currently on hold, the farm’s Nature Trail remains open for your enjoyment.  We hope to provide news on summer educational offerings by the end of May.  In the meantime, consider ordering an education kit from the farm’s online store, that is accompanied by a live engagement with farm educator, Corey Thomas.  Please also consider joining us for one of the upcoming virtual workshops.

Honeybee Nucleus and Summer Hive Management will take place as scheduled on Saturday, May 23 at 9:30am.  As a reminder, this workshop will be an interactive live webinar led by veteran beekeeper Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries.  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 5:00pm the day before the workshop to receive links to the Zoom conference and the website.  Please consider making a small suggested donation online to the CT Beekeeper’s Association to support these continued programs.

Reduce your food waste and make an impact on climate change by joining us for Composting 101, Saturday, June 6 at 9:30am.  Learn all about composting – indoor vs outdoor composting, passive vs. active, and how using worms will speed up the process.  Again, please make sure to sign up through Eventbrite.com no later than 5:00pm the day before to receive a link to join us for this live webinar in the farm’s Learning Garden.  $5/pp.

Lastly, the farm is partnering with the Woodbridge Town Sustainability Task Force to lead a community discussion course, “A Different Way:  Living Simply in a Complex World” beginning July 8.  Designed by the Northwest Earth Institute (NEWI), this course connects individual values and actions to the larger picture and helps individuals make real change in their lives, in their community and in the world at large.  Group discussions will take place virtually every other Wednesday from 7:00-8:00pm and will continue through September.  Interested participants can email the farm by June 10 at info@massarofarm.org and use the subject line “A Different Way.”  Individuals living nearby can take advantage of a bulk book purchase by making a check for $25 payable to Massaro Community Farm.  The farm will purchase books for the discussion group (without shipping charges) and distribute books to registrants.  Individuals may also purchase their own copy directly from NEWI on its website, store.ecochallenge.org/products/a-different-way.

Massaro Community Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm on the border of Woodbridge and Ansonia, CT.  It is committed to supporting the legacy of farming, feeding neighbors in need, and engaging community through events and hands-on education for all ages.  Pledge your support now to the farm’s continued food donation and farm education programs.  You can find out more by calling the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or visiting the farm’s website at www.MassaroFarm.org.

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