About Us

     First of all, what does “Campagnola” mean?  Translated literally, it means “woman of the fields”, or a country woman.  But traditionally it implied a naïve, ignorant or simplistic nature to the woman.  In other words, it’s kind of like a feminine version of “redneck”.  My father, born and raised in the city of Casagiove, would brag to his family back home that he had “,,,gotten himself a real Campagnola for a wife,,,”.  My mother took this as a term of endearment rather than an insult, thus earning her nickname. 

     Campagnola Farms has its beginnings in the little  Italian village of Castel Volturno, where the D’Angelo Family has lived and worked for generations as farmers.  Their unique style of working and living off the land was brought to America when a young women named Maria D’Angelo emigrated. 

     Her daughter is now attempting to incorporate some of the small-scale farming techniques taught to her by “Mama” as well as other techniques not used in the “Old Country”  Some of the techniques used on Campagnola farms include:

· The use of farmyard animals in controlling pests in gardens and companion planting, including the Wampanoag Gardening Style.

· No chemical pesticides or herbicides used.  Only all natural pesticides, including garlic and hot pepper based solutions.

· Using “dirt-floor” shelters for livestock instead of concrete or wood floors.  The litter releases heat as it decomposes, which helps to heat the shelter in the cooler months. 

· Free-Range whenever possible, or at the very least, access to pasture.   

· Using “Livestock Guardian Dogs” to protect livestock against predators. (Also keeps larger pests from crops)

· Attempting to use natural, biodegradable or living mulches whenever possible.   

· Fertilizing crops using only manure and “home-made” compost, made by our piggies!

· Retaining seeds from previous years crops or purchasing heirloom instead of hybrid or exotic seeds whenever possible.   

· Growing all seedlings instead of purchasing them.

· Using Newspapers printed with soy-based inks as mulch.  Dirty hay and grass clippings are then placed over the newspapers to help reduce weed growth. 

· Utilize everything, WASTE NOTHING!  

 

      This experiment to transplant traditional farming methods began in 2003.  The fickle Vermont weather and Westford's infamous clay soils haven’t made things easy, but with each failure comes the determination to do better next year.

From Top to Bottom: 

My Great-Aunt Letzia who raised my mom, My mother’s mom who died young, and my mom:  Mama “Campagnola”!

The Volturno River taken from the village of Castel Volturno,  date unknown. 

The remains of the old castle, from which “Castel Volturno” got it’s name. 

To Contact Us

 

Campagnola Farms

Mary “Campagnola” 

 

Email:  marydamooch@yahoo.com

Phone # (802) 752-7311

Blog Site:  http://geocities.com/marydamooch/campagnola_blog.html

Farmer’s Market on the Westford Green Website:

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