Castle Valley Comments
March21, 2013
by Ron Drake
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The cold weather is over and people are beginning to gear up for a new growing season including Castle Valley Farms in Castle Valley. Michael Peck is again urging the valley residents to sign up for the Castle Valley Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Twenty-one families signed up for the CSA last year and he would like to get more involved this year to take advantage of the locally grown and fresh produce.

“I really like being in the CSA and the way it makes the whole valley feel more neighborly,” he said. “I also like the savings on gas, time going into town, and food prices for those of us who aren’t growing our own produce.”

For those who are interested, Peck will email an application if you contact him at He can also be contacted by phone at 435-259-8454, or application forms can be picked up at the farm. Castle Valley Farms is planning another farm tour on April 12 at 4 p.m., and everyone is welcome to come to the tour even if you aren’t interested in the CSA this year, according to Peck.

A single share costs $250, payable at the time of application or with a $100 down-payment and the remaining $150 to be paid by June 6. A double share will cost $450. The sign-up deadline is April 12, the day of the farm tour. All baskets will be available for pickup at Castle Valley Farms on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Members are responsible for picking up their baskets at the designated time but if this doesn’t work, prior arrangements can be made for a different pickup time or for someone else to pick the basket up for you.

Members will receive a basket of produce each week for a total of 18-20 weeks, starting June 6. The types of produce will vary throughout the season and the possibilities include beans, beets, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, eggplant, melon, okra, peppers, potato, pumpkin, summer squash, tomato, winter squash, Swiss chard, watermelon, apricots, peaches, cherries, plums, apples and pears.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the farm tour and meet our friendly neighbors at the Castle Valley Farm, a division of the Day Star Adventist Academy.


Just a reminder that there will be no construction work on the Colorado River Pathway Project from March 23 to March 31 to accommodate the annual Easter Jeep Safari. Starting April 1 at 11:30 p.m., the nighttime closures of the road will take effect.

The nightly closures will continue Sunday night through Thursday nights for three weeks. Hours of closure will be from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.


The Castle Valley Fire Department is gearing up for the upcoming wildland fire season with a shift in training from structure firefighting. Residents have and will see firefighters walking down Castle Valley Drive at a brisk pace as part of their test requirements to be wildland firefighter certified. They are required to walk three miles in 45 minutes while carrying a 45-pound pack. They must also complete a four-hour refresher course and be able to unfold and climb into a fire shelter in 20 seconds. Newer firefighters must also initially complete a 40-hour training course in addition to the other requirements.

Some of the local fire personnel will attend the annual Utah Wildland Engine Training, which will be held in April in Moab this year. Firemen from all over eastern Utah will attend this training. Over the past few years, the State of Utah has been experiencing a higher frequency of both wildland and urban interface fires. The intent of the engine training is to gather personnel from multiple fire departments in one location to train. Their objective is to refresh understanding of wildland fire tactics and strategies by utilizing hands-on training.


Twenty-five years ago this week, this column featured four handsome young men in the valley who were starting a new retail business. Benny Whitney and Levi Whitney, and cousins Ammon Martineau and Jacob Martineau bought copies of The Times-Independent while they were still hot off the press and sold them wholesale to residents of the valley. Sales were slow at first but they built the business up as time went on. They later expanded their business to include a monthly national publication.

During that time, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Plastow announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa, to Bryan Conklin of Oregon City, Ore. They were later married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. An open house was held in their honor at the Plastow home in Castle Valley.

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