around the May Pole at Massaro Community Farm's Annual flower &
seedling sale, Celebrate Spring.
Community Farm is a steadily expanding community resource, thanks – in part –
to a multi-year grant from unrestricted
funds at The Community Foundation.
only can residents living in Woodbridge and surrounding towns subscribe to the
farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program each year, but Massaro
Community Farm is committed to providing at least 10% of its crop to local
hunger relief organizations. It also runs a two-week Summer camp, family events
and educational workshops throughout the year, all as part of its commitment to
building community and fostering a connection to the land.
Foundation grant enabled Massaro Community Farm to hire Executive Director Caty
Poole to help organize events and programs and provide outreach to the
community. The results are unmistakable with the launch of farm field trips,
hosting a national FoodCorps service member, and greater support for farm
programs through collaborations with agencies like the Jewish Community Center
of Greater New Haven and Griffin Hospital’s Prevention Research Center. The
farm has also greatly increased awareness of its programs by doubling its
newsletter subscription rates and social media presence, as evidenced by
attendance at its events, and major fundraising revenue through its Annual
Dinner on the Farm event.
Community Foundation grant was the launch pad that allowed Massaro Community
Farm to transition from a Woodbridge-supported concern to a regional resource
where community members can gather, explore and learn about food and
responsible land management,” said Executive Director Caty Poole. “We could not
be more pleased with our progress in five short years.”
days, you can find produce from Massaro Community Farm at local farmer’s
markets and in select local restaurants. The farm was able to provide about
8,000 pounds of fresh food to area organizations in 2013 as well.
than 6 billion pounds of fresh produce go unharvested or unsold each year in
the United States.
Source: "Wasted", the Natural
Resources Defense Council