Andy Martin

Andy Martin

After earning a Ph.D. from Boston University, Andrea became a freelance writer with a focus in conservation, green living and animal behavior. You can also find her teaching composition and writing in the English Department at Worcester State University.

Garden, Organic, and Green Living

Raised on an old-fashioned farm, Andrea was growing organic crops long before that term came into popularity. With years of expertise (passed down from generations) in all manner of horticulture and ornamental landscaping, she currently teaches gardening courses at Black Thistle Farm in Massachusetts.

Nurturing Nature

Andrea shows clients how to connect with their chickens and horses at Black Thistle Farm (BTF). The property is also home to BTF's chicken rescue! You can visit the farm's website for engaging tips, creative recipes... and fun 'chicken' tales with the hilarious gang at Backyard Chicken Talk. You can learn more about BTF by visiting The Sierra Club and CBS News.


Black Thistle Farm is where horses get to experience a natural lifestyle! Andrea is a liberty trainer with over 15 years experience teaching and helping horses. She has rescued and re-homed several equine partners and currently has two, rare breed,  Spanish Colonial horses in Massachusetts. She shows clients how to build a lasting and fulfilling bond with their horses!

Writing & Marketing

When not helping to rescue chickens, Andrea's day job involves working with clients at Black Thistle Writing Studio as a specialized copywriter and marketer for the vegan lifestyle, homesteading, animal/pet, wildlife and conservation niches. She manages copy and social media accounts for international corporations and small businesses. 


Most Recent Contributions by Andy Martin

Best Halloween Jokes

Halloween is brewing. Don't be left out in the moonlight without a few of these zingers to ward off werewolves and grumpy ghouls. All Saints ... Read More

Children Riding Horses

The opportunity to encourage a child to interact with horses should not be missed. Horses teach children about communication, partnership an ... Read More

How Do Plants Grow?

Plant biology is exciting, so explore how plants mature from a tiny seedling into a full foliaged adult. Put horticulture in motion by tryin ... Read More

Life Cycle Bean Plant

The germination process through the flowering reproductive stage of the bean plant is a fascinating glimpse into the plant kingdom's cycles. ... Read More

Pet Safe Weed Killer

A pet safe weed killer can kill weeds in your lawn or garden but won't hurt your furry friends. Such weed killers are often made with natura ... Read More

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Andy Martin