This Week at Common Ground

May 2nd - May 8th

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Donations deadline has been extended! You can give until TODAY, Thursday May 5th at noon!


This is your chance to show your support for Common Ground without having to get out of your pajamas. This 2-day online giving event encourages people in the Greater New Haven area to support local causes.


We’re in New Haven. We’re great. We hope you support us!

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NatureYear Info Session

Friday, May 6th, 12-1pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enrolled and potentially interested NatureYear families are encouraged to come to an Information Session and/or Open House to see if the NatureYear Program is a good fit for your family.


Parent Information Sessions are for parents/caregivers(children welcome, however the information and conversation is adult-centered!). Meet program teachers and the program director, tour our campus, hear about program plans, and have an opportunity to ask questions.


About NatureYear: Children ages 3 – 5 and 5 – 12 are invited to come together in a small community of 12 children and two or three Teacher Naturalists to explore, imagine, and learn on the farm and in the forest! Visit the NatureYear pages to learn more!


See all dates for info sessions & open houses here.

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Wetland Workday

Saturday, May 7th, 10am-1pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join us for our annual spring work day in the Javier Martinez Memorial Wetland. Come ready to plant, weed, move rocks, and build community. All people who care about building a more peaceful, greener city are welcome. Learn more about Javier, and about his wetland: http://commongroundct.org/remembering-javier-martinez/


Questions? Contact Joel at jtolman@commongroundct.org

or call (203)389-4333 x1214.

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Chicks & Chickens Day

Saturday, May 7th, 10am-2pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Visit the farm to meet mother hens and their new baby chicks. Learn about the amazing journey from egg to chick.

Great backyard laying breed chicks will be for sale ($8 each). To reserve chicks, contact Farmer Shannon by email at sraider@commongroundct.org. or call (203)389-4333 x1217.

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Spring Open Farm Days

Saturday, May 7th, 10am-2pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enjoy Open Farm Day at Common Ground every Saturday from April through the end of November. Explore our beautiful urban farm, help dig and plant in the children’s garden, and ask farm staff your backyard gardening and composting questions. The animal yards are open for visitors to meet our chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, and pigs. Trail maps are available for self-guided hikes in West Rock Park, including the family-friendly Old Oak Nature Trail.


COMMUNITY GROUPS can schedule a free visit to Common Ground during Open Farm Day. Contact Jesse at 203-389-4333 x1221 or jdelia@commongroundct.org for more information or to schedule a visit! Preference will be given to New Haven-based community groups.

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Farm Volunteer Hours

Saturday, May 7th, 10am-1pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

You make our garden flourish! Meet awesome people and green up your thumb by volunteering on our sustainably managed market garden!


Spring farm work can include: preparing beds, transplanting, and working in the greenhouses. Get your wheelbarrowing on and join the fun...


Meet at the Harvest Pavilion at the lower garden. Drop in anytime Saturdays between 10am-1pm and stay for as little or as much as you would like. If you are under 18 years old you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian please. We LOVE groups! Call to schedule a group to come and volunteer. Contact Farmer Shannon at sraider@commongroundct.org or call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

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NatureYear Open House

Saturday, May 7th, 1-2:30pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Enrolled and potentially interested NatureYear families are encouraged to come to an Information Session and/or Open House to see if the NatureYear Program is a good fit for your family.


Family Open House Days are for children and parents/caregivers together. Several activity stations will be open and staffed by our program teachers. These days are a great opportunity for your child to explore our campus and meet some teachers. Our Program Director will be available to answer your questions!


About NatureYear: Children ages 3 – 5 and 5 – 12 are invited to come together in a small community of 12 children and two or three Teacher Naturalists to explore, imagine, and learn on the farm and in the forest! Visit the NatureYear pages to learn more!


See all dates for info sessions & open houses here.

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Nature Macro Photography

Saturday, May 7th, 1-3pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Mr. Morales, who likes to be called Mr. Mo by our Common Ground students, is a well-known Professional Nature & Sports photographer, and contributor to many different magazines in New England and CT Wildlife Magazine. Mr. Mo’s specialty in photography is one of the most challenging & rewarding types of photography in the field: macro-photography. Come and join us to discover this amazing world through photography one picture at a time, and be able to learn the basics of photo editing in Photoshop 5SC or more.


This workshop is for adults and young adults. RSVP required- will be canceled if registration is low. Sliding scale, $15 – $35.


No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact Jesse with questions or to register at jdelia@commongroundct.org or call (203)389-4333 x1221.

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Farm Festival & Seedling Sale

Saturday, May 14th, 10am-3pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

Join us for our annual celebration of Spring!


Purchase locally grown and ecologically raised seedlings for your community, school, or backyard garden! All seedlings are sustainably grown, started here on Common Ground’s farm, with CG compost, organic certified amendments and in accordance with CT NOFA Farmers Pledge.


Family-friendly activities will be happening throughout the day. The Parent Leadership Team will be hosting its annual BBQ to benefit Common Ground High School with lunch for purchase. Watch the sheep get shorn, taste spring veggies in the learning garden, get your face painted, and play with new friends!

Plant Pre-Sale

Friday, May 13th, 4-6pm

358 Springside Avenue

New Haven, CT

There will be a Plant Pre-Sale Fundraiser on Friday, May 13th from 4pm-6pm to support our Common Ground Garden Share Program that provides fresh produce from our farm for our students and their families. $20 suggested donation for this special access.

* Premier Parking
* First pick of plants
* Avoid the Seedling Sale morning rush!

We have over 3000 seedlings and over 30 different varieties all sustainably grown on our farm. Common Ground Grown Compost will also be for sale.

RSVP encouraged. Contact Shannon at sraider@commongroundct.org

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