2016 marked the 100th anniversary since the Massaro family arrived in Woodbridge. We celebrated the centennial by creating a historical town farm map, a pictoral history display, student art, and a Paul Winter Concert this past February.
To move forward, MCF needs to adequately staff itself to continue fulfilling our mission. This means making permanent the positions of Education Director and Operations Assistant - positions that were previously seasonal. This will allow our Executive Director to devote necessary attention to financial management, planning, and strategy. These two positions add ~$30,000 and nearly 17% to our budget over the prior year. These critical positions will support revenue growth and program offerings. They will also allow us to optimize volunteer efforts, improving our operation as well as our food donation program.
The Massaro Community Farm (MCF) continues the historic agricultural traditions begun in 1916 by the Massaro family. After many years in the for-profit life sciences business, I found myself drawn into issues of equitable food access across all socioeconomic groups in our communities. MCF specifically appealed to me because of its openness and commitment to give 10% back to the community.
MCF provides curriculum based field trips for grades K-12, giving students the opportunity to engage in hands on activities of our farm operation. Additionally, the farm has hosted a FoodCorps service member for nearly 4 years. The service member works in the Ansonia community to improve nutrition education, planting school gardens, integrating garden curriculum into the classroom and introducing healthy foods. FoodCorps is a perfect farm-to-classroom connection.
Ultimate changes will include an appreciation for open space and local food by the surrounding community, as evidenced by increased demand for and attendance at farm educational offerings and events. The farm offers a unique example of a biodiverse farm and mixed use business model. Long term success will be measured by increased demand and attendance for particular programs, as well as the farm becoming a community resource to its partners, including area schools, Boy & Girl Scout Troops, and other like-minded organizations. An example of this success could be the farm becoming a resource for starting and maintaining school gardens among valley schools.
We also recorded 450 attendees in our adult workshops on topics related to organic land management and gardening.
The farm continues to draw steady crowds in all areas of education.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The farm has not had a formal audit prepared by a third party, however we do consult with an external accounting professional from time to time. Footnotes to financial statements are generally included in attached profit & loss statements, except for 2014.
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