Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Massaro Community Farm

  • Woodbridge, CT
  • www.massarofarm.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to Keep Farming, Feed People, and Build Community. Our primary focuses are to maintain a historic farm using organic practices, to share our fresh produce with those who would otherwise not have access to it, and to build community through farm-based education and events.

Main Programs

  1. Food Donations
  2. Education
  3. Farm Preservation
  4. Community Space
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Massaro Community Farm, located in Woodbridge, intends to serve the people of the towns surrounding the Farm. These include the towns and cities listed above as well as others which we may serve in the future.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Caty Poole

Keywords

Self-reported

CSA, organic produce, sustainable agriculture, hunger relief, farm-based education

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Also Known As

Massaro Farm

EIN

26-4310293

 Number

6631967772

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

cultural Programs (Kgr)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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At the conclusion of its fifth season in 2014, Massaro Community Farm continued to expand its outreach and developed programming capitalizing on farm assets. The farm grew its list of program offerings through a series of adult workshops, youth oriented activities and community building events. We built upon the success of our beekeeping workshops and offered adult sessions on organic land care. We grew attendance at our third year of summer camp (again offered in collaboration with Woodbridge Recreation Department), and drew increasing numbers to our field trip program with area schools. Our signature annual events - Celebrate Spring, Dinner on the Farm and Family Fun Day - continue to bring crowds from an ever widening geographic area to the farm, helping to build awareness and revenue. The farm's biggest successes include formalizing board policies and practices, achieving enough income to allow for an operating reserve, and hosting a FoodCorps service member, who is committed to improve health and nutrition in nearby schools.Current goals include the continued support of the farm operation. The farm operation continues to thrive by selling out our 180 seasonal subscriptions. The farm also continues to serve as a regular vendor at area Farmer's Markets, and to sell to local farm-to-table restaurants. The farm remains committed to donate at least 10% of its yield to local hunger relief organizations on a weekly basis throughout the season. This donation constituted payment in lieu of rent for use of the land managed by Massaro Community Farm. Donations have topped 28,000 pounds since inception. Much of the current infrastructure at the farm was made possible through state and federal grants, thanks to the hard work of our farm manager. Other goals include the offering of a spring after school program at the farm (beginning March 30), continued growth in farm-based education, an additional week of summer camp in August, and to gain more support from the surrounding Valley community through event attendance and business support.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Food Donations

Massaro Community Farm partners with local hunger relief organizations to bring healthy, locally produced food to those in need in the greater New Haven area.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Homeless

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 2

Education

The mission of MCF educational programming follows 4 primary categories: 1) education about sustainable agriculture and what it means for local communities and for the world at large; 2) classes, workshops, camps, and field trips to teach adults and children where food comes from and how it grows, including nutritional information, preparation of food, and how to grow your own organic food; 3) cooperative ventures with schools and organizations with similar focus supporting science, health, and environmental curricula; 4) providing forums for education about the importance of farmland and open space preservation, and extending into nature-based education, such as the identification of wildlife, plants, and invasive species. In the pursuit of our mission, we will use our facilities to engage participants of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Farm Preservation

Massaro Community Farm is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of Massaro Farm, so that it may thrive as a farm, producing food and providing educational opportunities for the greater New Haven community. Massaro Farm will be stewarded such that it remains a community resource in this regard for many generations to come.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Community Space

Massaro Community Farm allows other groups to use our facilities for educational purposes. We also allow rental of our space on a limited basis for private events and parties.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Massaro Community Farm, located in Woodbridge, intends to serve the people of the towns surrounding the Farm. These include the towns and cities listed above as well as others which we may serve in the future.

Funding Needs

Having completed a thorough long term planning evaluation in 2014, we have identified several top priorities for the farm:1. A safer and improved parking situation. While we currently have a preliminary architect's plan, we expect more final cost estimates after the snows melt and a land survey can be complete;2. Some expansion to farm work areas (wash station) and a storage shed for tractors (est ~$35-$40,000). We have just received an award from the CT DOA for $25,000 towards this work, which will likely commence in 2015;3. Additional outreach efforts to the broader community of residences and businesses, and support staff and volunteer to achieve that outreach (at least $15-20,000 as spelled out in grant application);4. A covered pavilion for outdoor educational activities (estimates range from $30-$60,000). It is our hope to create a capital campaign around the farm's centennial that will support the building of a covered pavilion.

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MASSARO COMMUNITY FARM, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Massaro Community Farm

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Caty Poole

BIO

Caty Poole began working with our organization early in 2012 as a volunteer, later becoming our part-time outreach and development coordinator (thanks in large part to a grant from CFGNH). Before becoming our full-time director, Caty also worked as part-time farm/field staff. Caty comes to us after a long corporate career focused on corporate compliance and corporate communications. In her career, Caty developed skills in project management, financial planning and reporting, and strategic business development. Caty also has extensive experience in investor relations, giving her great skills in dealing with both public and private stakeholders. Caty has been a lifelong organic gardener, and was responsible for the building and management of an organic community garden in Trenton, NJ.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Massaro Community Farm (MCF) continues the historic agricultural traditions begun in 1916 by the Massaro family. The MCF faced numerous challenges in its first several years, which included having to rebuild the farm's infrastructure and cultivating crops on a property that was formerly pasture and had become overrun with invasive species. However, after five years of success within Woodbridge, we continue working towards raising awareness and support among the surrounding communities for a local farm operation. We do this by partnering with other agencies and through outreach efforts to let our neighbors know that their support not only supports a local business and employment, but that preserving the open space is crucial for environmental health and biodiversity in the region. What makes us unique is our geographic location and our ability to be a working farm and a community space of learning and fun. The farm has also become a breeding ground for up-and coming farmers as well: no less than four farm employees have gone on to start their own farm operations. As the farm continues to grow, we face tactical issues, including the need for more staff, adequate safe parking, and better farm machinery and equipment. We will need to reconfigure our layout to allow for more CSA/event parking. We see a need for additional seasonal staff members to support our Executive Director. And we will need to add farm equipment and a storage shed for same as the growing operation expands. These are the most imminent needs around the farm today. Over the long term we'd like to add an outdoor pavilion for our educational offerings, and possibly expand the capacity of our dairy barn for functions. Thankfully, a prior grant from the Community Foundation allowed us to hire our first employee. This employee, first a part time Outreach Coordinator and now our full time Executive Director, has been integral in building programs and forging new partnerships in the community. Attendance at our events continues to grow, bringing in critical revenue for the farm, and demand for our produce as well as activities using our space is steadily increasing. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Schneider

Retired-attorney at law

Term: Mar 2014 - Mar 2015

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