About Us

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Keep Farming. Feed People. Build Community.

View of the farmhouse and dairy barn from the south field

View of the farmhouse and dairy barn from south field

Massaro Community Farm is a non profit, certified-organic farm on a 57-acre parcel of land operated collaboratively between the Town of Woodbridge and a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens. The property was deeded to the town by the Massaro Family, who had farmed the land since 1916. Our farm operation includes a 200-member CSA, a weekly presence at Woodbridge and CitySeed Farmer’s Markets (Edgewood Park on Sundays; occasionally at Wooster Square), and sale of our produce to select area restaurants. Each year, we donate at least 10% of what we grow to local hunger relief agencies. We have donated more than 8,000 pounds of produce in 2016, and more than 43,000 pounds of food since 2010!

Our farm also holds a series of education and family-related events throughout the year, including spring and fall festivals, and a 2-week, half-day summer camp each August. We collaborate with numerous other community organizations to share our passion for locally grown food, thoughtful land stewardship and education. Our vision is to enhance the quality of life for generations to come by engaging the community in a range of farm-based activities.

In 2013, we collaborated with local Girl Scouts to install a Butterfly Garden at the farm.

We collaborate with Girl and Boy Scouts on numerous farm projects. Here Girl Scouts installed a Butterfly Garden at the farm.

The board operates under the guidance of a five-year strategic plan. This plan is intended to be a living document, and is reviewed by the board each year in connection with its annual planning and budgeting processes. You can read the current plan here: Massaro Community Farm Five-Year Strategic Plan

KEEP FARMING

The farm includes 45 acres of woods and wetlands along with 12 acres of fields, and we currently cultivate 7.5 acres of farmland that produces fruits, vegetables, flowers and honey. Our farming operation supports our seasonal CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and provides organic vegetables to area restaurants that feature local produce, such as Wheeler’s Market Cafe, Miya’s Sushi, Caseus and Zinc Modern American Kitchen.  Get more information about subscribing to the CSA.

FEED PEOPLE

In addition to supplying produce through our CSA and to area restaurants, we have committed to donate at least 10% of what we grow throughout the season to local hunger relief organizations. The amount donated can vary depending on farm conditions and overall yield. However, we strive to donate the same variety that our CSA subscribers receive weekly throughout the harvest season. In 2016, we donated more than 8,000 lbs of fresh produce. Food donation partners have included BH Care (in Ansonia), Columbus House (New Haven), CT Food Bank (East Haven), Jewish Family Services (New Haven), Master’s Meals (Ansonia),  Salvation Army (in Ansonia), Spooner House (in Shelton) and Woodbridge Human Services. You can read more about our food donations and other key performance metrics in our most recent Annual Report.

BUILD COMMUNITY

The farm is open space to be explored and enjoyed by all. We encourage the exploration of our nature trail, which includes ~2 miles through the woods and wetlands behind our growing fields. We hold several large events each year: Celebrate Spring offers the purchase of flowers and vegetable seedlings and basic instructional guidance on starting your backyard garden. Dinner on the Farm engages the senses through a farm-to-table meal offered right in our fields and featuring all local meat and produce. Family Fun Day is a fall harvest celebration featuring music, food and family-friendly activities. We also provide a number of education programs throughout the year including our Summer Camp on the Farm, film screenings, beekeeping, and other workshops related to sustainability. Check back often to see what new programs we have created for you.