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Fairgate Farm https://fairgatefarm.com Just another WordPress site Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:42:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stamford’s Fairgate Farm to Add Amenities, Thanks to AARP Grant https://fairgatefarm.com/stamfords-fairgate-farm-to-add-amenities-thanks-to-aarp-grant/ https://fairgatefarm.com/stamfords-fairgate-farm-to-add-amenities-thanks-to-aarp-grant/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2020 17:53:31 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=5189

The AARP has awarded Stamford’s Fairgate Farm a $9,800 “Community Challenge” grant for the development of an ADA-compliant walkway through the farm.

The work will also include a bicycle rack, benches, picnic tables and elevated raised garden beds, which will provide a space to garden for people of all ages and abilities.

“This grant will allow us to expand our public, urban farm in Stamford, creating improved access to the Farmers Market and pergola, which serves as an outdoor classroom and community gathering space,” said Vincent Tufo, chief executive officer of Charter Oak Communities, a community partner of Fairgate Farm.

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Interview with Farm Manager Pete Novajosky https://fairgatefarm.com/interview-with-farm-manager-pete-novajosky/ https://fairgatefarm.com/interview-with-farm-manager-pete-novajosky/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 20:25:45 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=5172

Marysol Castro of Connecticut Public tours Fairgate Farm and interviews Farm Manager Pete Novajosky. She asks how the farm has had to adjust during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farm Manager Pete

Photo from Summer 2019

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Fairgate Farm Farmers Market Opens 6/4 with Curbside Pickup! https://fairgatefarm.com/fairgate-farm-farmers-market-opens-6-4-with-curbside-pickup/ https://fairgatefarm.com/fairgate-farm-farmers-market-opens-6-4-with-curbside-pickup/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:47:14 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=5136

Your treasured community resource, Fairgate Farm, has adapted to operation during the pandemic and our dedicated team is excited to receive patrons back to our Farmers Market to share life-affirming benefits of healthy, locally grown, delicious produce! The 2020 season will begin, although with some restrictions, with offerings of Farm-grown lettuces, strawberries, radishes, green onions, an assortment of fresh greens, herbs and more. The selection will continue to grow week by week as we add popular summer fruits and vegetables grown at the Farm, as well as increased offerings from our local partner farmers.

As of June 4th the Fairgate Farm Farmers Market will provide a new online ordering system with curbside pickup located at 129 Stillwater Avenue. For those using public transit, CT Transit Bus 321 stops at Fairfield Avenue and Stillwater Avenue.

The public can visit farmers-market to place orders for locally grown produce from Fairgate Farm as well from our partner farms.

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Fairgate Farm Awarded $2,500 Grant by AARP Connecticut https://fairgatefarm.com/fairgate-farm-awarded-2500-grant-by-aarp-connecticut/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 06:14:54 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4932

AARP Connecticut has awarded Stamford’s Fairgate Farm a $2,500 “Livable Communities Grant Program,” a local expansion of the national AARP Community Challenge, initiative for the development of an ADA-compliant walkway through the Farm. Fairgate Farm, located at 129 Stillwater Avenue in the West Side neighborhood of Stamford, is among seven AARP Connecticut awardees for quick-action projects by nonprofit organizations and municipalities that help neighborhoods, towns and cities support places for people of all ages.

According to Vincent Tufo, chief executive officer of Charter Oak Communities, “This grant will allow us to expand our public, urban farm in Stamford, creating improved access to the Farmers Market and pergola, which serves as an outdoor classroom and community gathering space.”

Fairgate Farm is a thriving, volunteer-powered, organic urban farm that is part of the nationally-recognized Vita Health & Wellness District. In 2019 the number of volunteers and visitors to the Farm doubled with corporations, schools, and residents logging in over 2,600 volunteer hours. Its ever-expanding composting initiative diverted over five tons of food waste from local landfills. Visitors and volunteers enjoy a full schedule of community events and celebrations including cooking demos, gardening workshops, annual festivals (Earth Day, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Festival) and composting classes, as well as special events for corporate groups, schools, and civic organizations. Volunteers help to grow and harvest fresh organic produce they may share with their families; the balance (about 2,500 pounds last year) is delivered to local homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens. The Farmers Market (open May to October) provides a retail option where patrons may purchase fresh produce at reduced prices from Fairgate Farm along with five nearby family farms. For details about Fairgate Farm, volunteering opportunities and annual events contact our Outreach Coordinator Heidi Andersen at FairgateFarm.com or email FairgateFarm@gmail.com.

AARP Connecticut launched the Livable Communities Grant Program, a local expansion of the national AARP Community Challenge initiative, to provide nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut with up to $2,500 for projects that aim to help neighborhoods, towns and cities become great places for people of all ages. The program was open to incorporated organizations that are 501(c) (3) or 501(c) (4) non-profits or Connecticut governmental entities. To learn more about AARP’s livable communities work in communities across the country please visit www.aarp.org/livable.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit http://www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

 

AARP Connecticut Contact: Mike Humes at mhumes@aarp.org or 860-548-3164

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Fairgate Farm Awarded $25,000 Grant by the EPA https://fairgatefarm.com/fairgate-farm-awarded-25000-grant-by-the-epa/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:28:41 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4896

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Stamford’s Fairgate Farm a $25,000 “Heaps for Health” Community Composting grant to continue and build upon the farm’s food waste diversion program. The EPA funds will enable the organic Fairgate Farm to increase organic material recovery rates and demonstrate the impact of composting on the health of the community while being environmentally responsible.

According to Vin Tufo, chief executive officer of Charter Oak Communities, “This grant allows us to step up our educational outreach focused on food waste diversion while encouraging patrons to participate in composting drop-off.”

Healthy composting is key to the Farm’s ability to promote the community and environmental health of the West Side while improving food security. This initiative connects urban residents to the agricultural origins of their food. It promotes the linkages between different sectors of the food system while stressing the importance of environmentally sustainable food production and land use practices. The project produces the essential fertilizer that supports the harvest of organic food at the farm that is distributed to volunteers and food assistance groups at no cost.

Compost your Pumpkins at Fairgate Farm
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Stamford garden offers a better way to dispose of pumpkins https://fairgatefarm.com/stamford-garden-offers-a-better-way-to-dispose-of-pumpkins/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:16:21 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4883

Fairgate Farm’s capacity for compost is about to get much larger just in time for the post-Halloween pumpkin drop thanks to a new grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Heaps for Health,” as the $25,000 grant is called, will enable Fairgate to install a new compost system and quadruple its current compost limit. The new system is set for installment in early November and Novajosky encourages all to drop off their pumpkins at the farm to help fuel the new pile.

Fairgate leaders also plan to use the grant to boost education efforts about compost in schools and at a free class at the farm in November.

Stamford Advocate: Stamford garden offers a better way to dispose of pumpkins
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Young women reign in Westhill’s agriscience program https://fairgatefarm.com/young-women-reign-in-westhills-agriscience-program/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:33:59 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4857

If you happened upon Fairgate Farm on a Wednesday morning this summer, you’d likely find six teenage girls chatting while harvesting the one-acre community garden.

“We’re always talking to someone,” said Diana Kolaj, describing the group’s Wednesday morning ritual as a space for everything from group therapy to political debate to movie criticism. (The girls do not recommend “Midsommar.”)

The teens are summer interns at the farm, located on the city’s West Side, and were introduced to the job through the Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Westhill High School, which they all attend.

Westhill is part of a network of 19 such agriscience programs that have blossomed in the state since the first high school Agricultural Science and Technology Education Center opened in the Connecticut in 1955.

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Fairgate Farm Awarded $22,640 Grant by the Harvard Pilgrim Health https://fairgatefarm.com/fairgate-farm-awarded-22640-grant-by-the-harvard-pilgrim-health/ Mon, 04 Mar 2019 20:28:54 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4285

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded Stamford’s Fairgate Farm a $22,640 Healthy Food Fund grant to assist it in building volunteer participation and increasing access to healthy, locally-grown organic produce. Fairgate Farm, located at 129 Stillwater Avenue in the West Side neighborhood of Stamford, is among 25 local initiatives that received a total of $625,000 in grants to support community food programs that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food to low-income families and communities across the region. According to Vin Tufo, chief executive officer of Charter Oak Communities, “This grant will allow us to expand volunteer participation and our community building efforts with a part-time seasonal employee so that more community members may enjoy fresh, local produce and participate in Fairgate Farm’s free gardening, nutrition and cooking programs. We feel that the Farm is helping to create an important cultural shift toward healthier, productive lifestyles in Stamford’s West Side neighborhood.”

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PUMPKIN MUFFINS https://fairgatefarm.com/pumpkin-muffins/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 23:47:41 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4172 Makes 24 muffins These muffins have a very subtle pumpkin taste. Adding the sugar and cinnamon topping and chocolate chips makes them just a bit more special! Ingredients: Muffins • 1 small sugar pumpkin (Roasted and pureed. See note below) • 1 and 2/3 cup granulated sugar • 2/3 cup grape seed oil (or other...

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Makes 24 muffins

These muffins have a very subtle pumpkin taste. Adding the sugar and cinnamon topping and chocolate chips makes them just a bit more special!

Ingredients:

Muffins
• 1 small sugar pumpkin (Roasted and pureed. See note
below)
• 1 and 2/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup grape seed oil (or other neutral flavored oil)
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 eggs
• 3 cups all purpose flour
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• 2 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp ground allspice
• ½ tsp ground cloves
• 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)

Topping
• 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

To prepare pumpkin:
Pre-heat oven to 375°. Cut sugar pumpkin in half and place in baking dish skin side up. Fill 1/4 of baking dish with water. Place pumpkin in preheated oven and bake until very tender, approximately 45 minutes. When pumpkin is cool enough to handle, remove seeds and discard. Scoop out pumpkin flesh and puree in a blender or Cuisinart until smooth. One small pumpkin should yield approximately 1 ¾ – 2 cups of pureed pumpkin.

To prepare muffins:
Pre-heat oven to 350°. In a large bowl combine sugar, pureed pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla. Stir together until very smooth. In a separate bowl stir together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips if desired. Line muffin pan with cupcake papers and fill with batter until three-fourths full. Bake for 19-20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Makes approximately 24 muffins.

These muffins can be frozen too. Remember to let them fully cool before placing in freezer. To thaw, place them in the fridge overnight for best results.

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PUMPKIN SOUP https://fairgatefarm.com/pumpkin-soup/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 23:39:03 +0000 http://fairgatefarm.com/?p=4164 Serves 6-8 This soup has very simple ingredients and yet is a very rich and velvety soup. Roasting the pumpkin is the way to achieve that depth. Ingredients: • 8 cups pumpkin, (roughly ¼ of a large pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes) • 3 medium onions chopped • 3 carrots peeled and sliced...

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Serves 6-8

This soup has very simple ingredients and yet is a very rich and velvety soup. Roasting the pumpkin is the way to achieve that depth.

Ingredients:
• 8 cups pumpkin, (roughly ¼ of a large pumpkin, peeled,
deseeded and cut into cubes)
• 3 medium onions chopped
• 3 carrots peeled and sliced
• 3 stalks celery sliced
• 1 ½ tsp salt plus more to taste if needed
• 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

To serve:
• fresh sage leaves (optional)
• crumbled goat cheese
• crusty bread

To prepare soup:
Pre-heat oven to 400°. Place cubed pumpkin on a roasting pan and drizzle with a bit of olive oil and coarse sea salt. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until pumpkin is soft and slightly charred. While the pumpkin is roasting sauté the onions, carrots and celery in 2 Tbsp of olive oil until soft. Do not let the vegetables burn. Then add the roasted pumpkin and 1 ½ tsp salt. Add enough water to just cover all the vegetables. Bring to a strong simmer and let cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the apple cider vinegar. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or a blender until smooth. For an extremely smooth soup, strain the soup through a fine sieve. Serve with a fresh sage leaves, a bit of crumbled goat cheese and crusty bread.

Note: If a blender is used to puree the soup, remember to let the soup fully cool. Otherwise the heat will force the lid off the blender and create quite a mess.

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