As you can imagine, the R2R Ride has morphed into a virtual event. The entire MCF team is now going to participate in our 500-mile Virtual challenge. We will all do sections of this route which will pass by all of our sponsors, partners and food donation sites. More photos will follow as we do these sections solo starting on April 25th through Mother's (Earth) Day on May 9th. Here are some of our virtual team members:
IN THE MEANTIME: Please help me create a greener, healthier, more just climate, from Rock to Rock! Our community and planet need our support! On April 25, I will join about 1,000 of my friends and neighbors to ride 20 miles from West Rock to East Rock to raise support for more than 30 community organizations. I would be honored to have you support my ride -- or to join me on the road, if you like!
The Massaro Community Farm is near and dear to my heart. MCF is a nonprofit, certified organic farm on 57 acres of land deeded to the Town of Woodbridge in 2007 by the Massaro Family, who had farmed the land since 1916. Our farm operation supports a 200-subscriber CSA and has a weekly presence at area farmer’s markets. The farm includes ~42 acres of woods and wetlands along with 15 acres of fields, 10 that are currently cultivated producing vegetables, flowers, and honey.
But we are so much more!!
FOOD ACCESS: We donate at least 10% of our diverse vegetable crops to local hunger relief agencies. We donated more than 5,000 pounds of produce in 2018, and more than 60,000 pounds of food since 2010. Our food donation partners have included BH Care (Ansonia), Columbus House (New Haven), CT Food Bank (East Haven), FISH New Haven, Jewish Family Services (New Haven), Master’s Table Meals (Ansonia), Salvation Army (Ansonia), Spooner House (Shelton), Oxford-Seymour Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul (Derby) and Woodbridge Human Services.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: MCF strives to act as a good steward of the beautiful farmland and surrounding environment entrusted to it. Aside from growing our vegetables and strawberries under strict organic standards, our land conservation practices include composting, a five-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system and hiring local labor.
COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION: The farm is open space to be explored and enjoyed by all. Our nature trail meanders for two miles through the woods and wetlands behind our growing fields. At Celebrate Spring, we sell flowers and organic vegetable seedlings coupled with gardening instruction. Dinner on the Farm engages the senses through a farm-to-table meal served right in our fields. We also provide a number of educational programs throughout the year, including Summer Camp on the Farm, film screenings, beekeeping, and other sustainability workshops.
And another thing I love about Massaro - our all-women team of farmers working under the direction of 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer of the year Farmer Steve Munno - this group is amazing!
Thank you so much for supporting our farm, our community, our food donation partners and my ride by making a generous donation. It's 100% tax deductible, and goes to support a great cause.