Meet Our Team
A Family-Owned and Operated Farm Venue
Our philosophy is that the whole team helps each other to make every wedding perfect! We want every guest to have a magical and memorable experience at our Maryland farm wedding venue! Meet our team below and see why you’re in good hands when you book your wedding or event at our Maryland wedding venue.
Meet Our Team
Meet our dedicated Castle Farm team below.
Meet the Owners
Meet Catherine and Darren Casto, co-owners of Castle Farm. They were married in 1998 and have developed Castle Farm together.
Catherine serves as Castle Farm’s Venue Manager. She will most likely give you a tour of the facility, and will always be available to answer any questions you have throughout the planning process! You’ll see her on wedding days sweeping the floor, grooming horses, setting tables or helping your wedding planner. Catherine grew up riding the fields and trails on the farm and has ridden since she was born. She learned the love of horses from her dad, a genuine horseman. Prior to Castle Farm, the land was called “The Pony Farm” by Catherine’s family since her father raised Standardbred race horses and Shetland ponies on the property.
When she went to college at Duke University, she majored in cell and molecular biology and her dad retired from horses and planted corn in all of his pastures. After medical school and a residency at Tampa General Hospital, Catherine returned home to join Eastern Shore Ob/Gyn and built her home on her family farm. Her parents gave her the “Pony Farm” and Castle Farm was born. Catherine still works full time as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist but spends her free time at the barn, with her two sons and helping to manage the wedding and horse business. She is a huge Duke Basketball fan so the stall hardware is Prussian blue and she will not answer your texts or emails during a Duke game.
Darren Casto co-owns Castle Farm and is also the owner of Century Farm Woodworking. He is a master craftsman who makes custom Rustic and Arts and Crafts style furniture, and cabinets – which can be found throughout the entire event venue. Each piece is handcrafted and uniquely designed. Darren enjoys using exotic wood grains and customizing the project and the finish. Most of the wood is harvested from our century farm, milled on site, air dried to maintain the wood grain character, and turned into hand crafted masterpieces. Every piece is one of a kind. Darren learned woodworking as an apprentice after working as an EMT/firefighter. He spent hours every evening with a master harp maker learning to create, string and tune concert harps and guitars, then began building furniture. Darren is an artist and can draw your ideas on paper and then create your vision from wood.
He also enjoys managing the farm and landscaping. Darren saw a 100 acre corn field and envisioned what you see today at Castle Farm.