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Happenings in August

Posted by Marty Castriotta on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : News and Updates 

August 26, 2013

Things have been busy around the farm in August. With some drier weather earlier in the month, we finally got a first cut of hay on our field. We had time to get plastic on the new high tunnel, despite the wind. We are harvesting lots of cucumbers, greens, summer squash and herbs. We put a dozen ducks in the freezer last week and 50 more broilers started. We are looking to harvest wheat permitting and before more rain. There's work to do to break down fro...

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Mid-Summer - Summer camps and the challenges of so much rain

Posted by Marty Castriotta on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : News and Updates 

July 23, 2013

We have finished teaching in the 2013 summer camp season at The Orchard School, and I've never seen so many squash bugs, earwigs, potato beetles and Japanese beetles in my life. I taught
"Our Earth, Our Voice, Our Choice" a leadership camp for 13 to 16 year olds that provides an exciting forum for teens to connect, explore, and create around the three basic principles of food, shelter, and clothing. Who do you want to become? How do you walk your talk? How can your choices c...
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Changes and Spring News

Posted by Marty Castriotta on Sunday, April 14, 2013, In : News and Updates 
This year Village Roots will no longer be operating as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We will instead offer a Farm Stand at the Orchard Hill Breadworks. The farmstand will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We are also offering a very limited number of working shares or trades. Contact us to inquire.

This year will also be offering limited Holiday shares. For Thanksgiving this share will feature a heritage turkey, along with winter squash, potato, onion, turnip, greens an...
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About Me

Marty Castriotta Marty grew his first potato when he was 12 year old on a worn out piece of ground behind his parents’ house. He’s been attracted to the idea of growing food ever since. He started growing seriously in 2001 with his wife Ellen’s guidance and has worked on several organic farms prior to moving to Orchard Hill. His passion is in integrating all aspects of the farm; the gardens, animals, buildings, water systems and so on. Marty has been raising heritage farm animals since 2003, and started training his young oxen Boss and Chez to do some of the farm work in the winter of 2012. Marty graduated from Antioch University New England with an MS in Environmental Studies and currently teaches Farmers & Foragers and summer camps at The Orchard School, as well as Permaculture Design Courses at Orchard Hill.