Lena’s Story

My name is Lena and I am originally from Estonia.

I first arrived at Castleton in the summer of 2005, when I actually felt disoriented but in the same time ready to discover the unknown and this is where my story starts from: I’ve been working for Castleton Farm since my move to the UK in 2005. I started with strawberry picking, not an easy job considering the weather conditions sometime, but easier and enjoyable over time. Things became much easier when I met Gabby from Romania and we both got on and worked together, we fell in love and our love still goes on. Both aiming for a good future and a better life, it was a strong motivation to ignore the fact that we are living far away from our families.

Working and socialising with multinational people at the farm it was actually a good opportunity to learn English and other languages, making you feel more confident and ready for any challenge. Gabby and I understood in all this time, how the agriculture jobs needs to be done, so we both got involved deeper and deeper in the business and from this point we start to climb the ladder, Gabby operating the tractors and various farm machineries and myself starting to lead and motivate our farm workers. In the spring of 2011 after 6 years working and living together, we understood that we had matching destinies and we were married at the registry office in Stonehaven. We then celebrated our marriage at lovely Castleton Farm Shop, and then had a more formal wedding ceremony in Romania later that year.

Living in the Farm Cottage for all this time, we were still having great deliberations about our future so at the end of 2013 we finally accepted that Scotland was going to be our second home and we managed to buy our own house 20 miles away from the farm. Since autumn 2014 when our gorgeous baby girl Angelina was born, we fully enjoy the family life and we will continue our hard work for further completions. This is my little story and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks’ Castleton Staff for the full support over all this time.

If anyone wants to join our team, don’t forget to bring the motivation too and you will get the full support.

And always remember: DIRTY HANDS brings CLEAN MONEY!