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Hello, my name is Thom Marti



My wife, Judy and I thought we would each introduce ourselves to you.  I am Thom Marti.  I am 57 years old.  I have never really worked a steady job, but have been a geologist, a navigator, a farmer, a carpenter, a steel worker, a mechanic, a junk man, a janitor, and a few other odd ball vocations.  I always thought a job was something you did when you needed some money; then when you had the money, you quit the job. I guess that I’m lucky that I was always attracted to farming, because there is so little money in this job, I have been able to stick with it for 24 years.  I must admit, that I have enjoyed living out our youthful hippie fantasy of having a small farm.  A lot of my friends have gone off to make big $$ in high stress jobs – it has killed a few of them, and doesn’t seem to have done the others much good.  I think what keeps this job so interesting is that the climate keeps changing on us.  In 1983 we bought this place knowing we were solidly in Climate Zone (CZ) 6B , in the Pa. Blue Ridge Mountains. By 1990 we discovered that we had moved into CZ 6A, which used to be in the Pa. foothills about 50 miles to the SE.  Then by 2000 we found ourselves sliding into CZ 5B another 50 miles to the SE, into Piedmont Virginia.  Now with this non-winter, I’m wondering if we just crossed the North Carolina line, heading South? I guess my chore in keeping this new-fangled web site, will be to keep the Farm Journal and Almanac.  I will also be working on getting my thirty years of beer, wine, and hard cider making recipes posted.  Eventually we will be adding some of our favorite CSA recipes, including “Raspberry Smoosh”, “Apple Sass”, and ” ‘WOW’ Horse Radish Sauce” .  Our recipes are not very fancy, but they are just like the ones our great grandparents made, from the produce they grew on their small family farms, when we were kids.   Warning! You are going to have to start planning and planting to follow my recipes, since the first step in each recipe will be:  “Plant the appropriate fruit tree (or small fruit bush, or perennial root, or annual vegetable).” You see, I’ve got an hidden agenda; I will sleep better at night knowing that all of you are growing some of your own food, just in case something happens to the cheap food supply that Global Agribusiness, Inc. has been feeding this over-populated world with.   Some of my friends are waking up worried in the mornings thinking about this.  As for me, I say,  ” Don’t worry about it – Do something about it! ”   Stay tuned… Thom Marti  

 Hello, I’m Judy Marti as co-owner/co-farmer at Broad Valley Orchard, much of the high tunnel growing, planting and harvesting, and the bookkeeping/farm management is in my care. Yes, I am a farmer. 

While farming is a full time profession, it is best not to let it take all of your time. To grow healthy produce in a high tunnel it is best to create a balance, and it is best to create a balance in life to keep the farmer healthy. I play music and write. I am the founder of a local arts council and work 2 days a week as a grants administrator and arts education coordinator. Yes, I am a farmer, and a bit more.