Stewardship

Massaro Community Farm strives to act as a good steward of the beautiful farmland and surrounding environment that we have been entrusted with.

Here are some of our practices:

Farm staffers stand atop our leaf/compost pile.

Farm staffers stand atop our leaf/compost pile.

Chemical Free: MCF raises all of its vegetable and fruits according to strict organic standards. We do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.

Compost: Compost is our most valuable commodity. We compost all of our vegetable scraps and grass clippings in order to naturally enrich our soil.

Campers enjoy our nature trail.

Campers enjoy our nature trail.

Solar Power: In May of 2012, the farm began using a 5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system (see image above). This system, which sits atop the restored dairy barn, creates enough energy to power the barn, which serves as a hub for our educational activities and the center of our CSA distribution. Monitor our energy capture and usage here.

Local Labor: By hiring locally, the farm reduces fossil fuels and adds to the local job pool. We also increase the continuation of farming efforts in CT by training future farmers.

Benches in the Learning Garden were made by our farm neighbor using salvaged wood.

Benches in the Learning Garden were made by our farm neighbor using salvaged wood.

Nature Trail: Our nature trail encourages visitors to explore the outdoors, reducing the use of electronic devices and inspiring connection with the natural world.

Local Timber: Whenever possible, we utilize wood taken from our property and milled by our neighbor, Trevor Youngberg, for farm construction. All of the lumber used in our learning garden was milled from fallen trees on our property.