Preserving the Past ~ Growing our Future
From now through March, 2017, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Massaro Family arriving in Woodbridge. That’s 100 years of continuous farming at our site! You’re invited to join us for a special year-long celebration that includes the annual events you have come to expect, as well as special programs, events, and family history!
In addition to attending one of our many events, you can help secure our future: Make a one-time special contribution or become a Centennial Sustaining Member by pledging $100/year over the next five years.
Below you will find a preliminary list of coming Centennial Activities. We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to receive farm news and scheduled event information, or check back here often for the most current schedule.
We have also officially launched our Centennial Campaign, a fundraising effort to build a farm pavilion and welcome center that will make it safer for CSA customers and farm visitors, and provide a central gathering space for educational programming and events. Funds raised will also serve to ensure the future of the farm by supporting programming and outreach into the broader community. Read a copy of our full Case Statement HERE.
Preliminary 2106 Centennial Activities include:
Recommended Reading/Viewing List 2016 at the Woodbridge Library
Farms Then & Now: Unveiling of town farm map-100 years ago vs. today
18th – 7pm Film Screening: of “To Make a Farm” followed by hearing the perspective of what it means to be a young, female farmer in CT by our guest farmer Susan Mitchell
13th – 2:00pm Massaro Community Farm Annual Meeting and recognition of art submissions by area students
26th – 9am and 11 am Beekeeping Workshop I: Package Installation.
5th – 7pm Climate Change & Sustainable Agriculture: A “Wisdom of Woodbridge” presentation by alternative energy expert Jon Gorham and Farm Manager Steve Munno (@ JCC)
9th -10am-1pm Spring Service Day
23rd – 9am and 11am Beekeeping Workshop II: Early Hive Inspection (check back for RSVP info)
30th – 9:30am-12:30pm Annual Rock to Rock Bike Ride
7th – 9am and 11am Beekeeping Workshop III: Inspection & Supering
15th – 2pm Spring Migratory Bird Walk
21st – 9am and 11 am Beekeeping Workshop IV: Summer Hive Management
22nd – 12pm-5pm Celebrate Spring! Plant sale & Maypole festival, with workshops
3rd – 2:30 30-minute Yoga for Kids in the Learning Garden; 5:00pm Evening Relaxation Yoga on the Farm (families welcome)
22nd – 5:30-8pm International Festival of Arts & Ideas Farm Tour, Music & Food
Premier of historic timeline and artwork: 100 years of farming in Woodbridge
17th – Putting Down Roots: A pictoral history of Massaro’s farming history at Thomas Darling House & unveiling of Massaro family tree. Herb Garden Workshop
6th – 5:30-7pm Pest Management Workshop for Valley United Way gardeners (open to public)
July 23th – 9am and 11am Beekeeping Workshop V: Fall Prep
8th – Summer Camp on the Farm (week 1)
15th – Summer Camp on the Farm (week 2)
4th – 5-9pm Dinner on the Farm Gala Celebration
15th – 5:30-7pm Preserving the Harvest Workshop: Freezing, Drying, Canning, Pickling
17th – 9am and 11am Beekeeping Workshop VI: Closing the Hive for Winter
8th – 1-4pm Family Fun Day & Harvest Festival (rain date: Oct 9th)
22nd – 6pm Trail Night Hike and Marshmallow Roast
19th – 1-4pm CSA pre-Holiday sale & Open House
Please note that calendar events are subject to change.