Holy Trinity Catholic Academy students embrace sustainable agriculture education

SHELTON- At Holy Trinity Catholic Academy (HTCA), education extends far beyond the confines of the classroom walls. Recently, the sixth and seventh graders had the extraordinary chance to immerse themselves in the world of sustainable agriculture when they visited Massaro Community Farm on the Ansonia-Woodbridge town line.  It was a journey that not only enriched their academic knowledge but also instilled a profound sense of environmental stewardship.

Lisa Lanni, Holy Trinity Principal, said that under the guidance of the dedicated Massaro Community Farm staff and their educators, HTCA students delved into the intricate web of sustainable farming practices and learned about the critical importance of combating invasive species. Through hands-on learning experiences, they not only gained theoretical knowledge but also developed practical skills essential for environmental conservation.

“Witnessing our students engage with such enthusiasm and curiosity was truly inspiring. As they connected with nature, and began to understand and appreciate the world around them, it became evident that they were not just learners but stewards of the environment, poised to make a difference in the world. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Massaro Community Farm for opening their doors and hearts to our students, providing them with an invaluable educational experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact. Collaborations like these exemplify the power of community partnerships in enriching the educational journey of our students,” Lanni said

“At HTCA, we take pride in nurturing well-rounded individuals who not only excel academically but also embody compassion, curiosity, and a sense of responsibility towards the world around them. Our commitment to holistic education empowers students to become agents of positive change, equipped with the knowledge and values to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

“As we celebrate this enriching experience at Massaro Community Farm, we reaffirm our dedication to providing transformative educational opportunities that shape the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we will continue to sow the seeds of knowledge, nurturing a generation of mindful global citizens who strive to preserve and protect our planet for future generations,” she said.

Massaro Community Farm 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.

The farm operation supports a 300-subscriber CSA and has a weekly presence at area farmer’s markets. The farm includes about 42 acres of woods and wetlands along with 15 acres of fields, 10 that are currently cultivated producing vegetables, flowers, and honey. Massaro’s organic vegetables complement dishes at area restaurants such as Heirloom, Miya’s Sushi, Olmo, Panetka and Zinc New Haven. Massaro Community Farm strives to act as a good steward of the beautiful farmland and surrounding environment entrusted to it.  Aside from growing vegetables and strawberries under strict organic standards, our land conservation practices include composting, a 28-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, hiring local labor, and whenever possible, utilizing wood taken from the property.

Each year, Massaro Community Farm donates at least 10 percent of its diverse vegetable crops to local hunger relief agencies. Some 8,600 pounds of produce were donated in 2020, and more than 73,000 pounds of food since 2010. The amount donated varies depending on our harvest, but has averaged 6,200 pounds over the last 11 years. Food donation partners have included BH Care (Ansonia), Columbus House (New Haven), Connecticut 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.

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton is a traditional Catholic School rooted in Gospel Values serving families in Shelton and the surrounding areas. To enhance academic programs, HTCA is a pioneer in Personalized Learning to better meet all students’ educational needs; as well as being at the forefront of technology with the newly created Innovation Lab. In addition, HTCA offers a variety of athletic programs including Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, and Tennis. Its common goal is to accomplish what is in the best interest of the students and to make them the keepers of the Faith and provide guidance to them to make a lasting contribution to the global community.

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy is located at 503 Shelton Avenue Shelton, CT 06484. For admissions information, contact  Carmine Rita, Director of Admissions