Positions Available in 2020
We have filled our positions for summer 2020 but are still seeking help for the fall.
We seek farmers to join our team and farmers in training to come learn with us! Common Thread CSA is a 20-acre vegetable farm in Central New York that grows mixed vegetables for a free choice onsite CSA, a customizable delivered CSA, farmers markets and some wholesale. We are a family farm run by two farmers with over 20 years of experience each who enjoy sharing what we know and learning from you. Our scale allows motivated employees to learn and practice a wide variety of skills. We prioritize soil health, using a permanent raised bed tillage system and planting about half the farm to cover crops. We sign the NOFA NY Farmers Pledge. We work to make our food accessible to all by running a sponsored share program and donating food.
Common Thread seeks Staff Members with a passion for sustainable agriculture. Staff members must have 2+ years' experience on a vegetable operation and be ready to make a 2-year commitment to the farm. Compensation is $12.30-$13.30/hour depending on experience plus vegetables and an end of season bonus. We have full time positions March - November with optional part time employment December-February. We have a one-bedroom apartment for rent on the farm and can also provide assistance in finding housing nearby.
Apprentices and Summer Interns learn how the farm works from seed to distribution by participating in greenhouse work, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, wash and pack, farmers markets, CSA distribution, tractor operations and more. In addition to hands on training in the fields, we hold weekly education sessions on topics such as soil management, business planning, crop planning as well as field trips to other farms. Apprenticeship run April through November. Internships run late May through mid to late August. Compensation includes training, $11.80-12.80/hour, produce from the farm and a 2-3% bonus for apprentices upon successful completion of a full season. We can provide assistance in finding housing nearby. Applicants should have at least 2 months experience working on a vegetable farm, ability to work in all weather conditions and be physically able to complete a season of farm work, a valid driver's license and good communication skills.
For more information and an application, please contact Wendy at 315-882-0086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apprentice and Intern Testimonials
Testimonials from former apprentices and interns:
I had the pleasure of working for Common Thread as a Farm Intern from May- Early Sept in 2018. While working at Common Thread what you can expect is meaningful work, an amazing connection with sustainable farming, supplying wholesome produce to the community and a wonderful and dedicated educational experience. Wendy and Asher take the time to show everyone the in's and outs of their farming lives by guiding you on efficient farming practices and techniques and also offer weekly ed sessions on a large array of topic's. From neighboring farm visits, weed walks, crop planning, finding suitable farming land and medicinal herbs. They truly want everyone on the farm to constantly learn and grow while working there. I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my life and I will never ever forget what they taught me, the friendships that were made and how they cultivated my future in continuing my farming passion back in NJ!
- Sonya, Summer Intern 2018
Working at Common Thread CSA with Wendy and Asher created a standard of hard work and farming excellence for me. Their openness to teaching and new ideas, their incredible ability to problem solve and attend to all of the details, and their extreme dedication and engagement in the community have influenced me and given me a strong foundation to continue to grow and share food in a sustainable and conscientious manner. There is a lot of respect for this farm in the community, and that was clear to me during my interactions with CSA members and devoted farm stand customers. Wendy and Asher's hard work and purposefulness will serve as an inspiration for me in my future endeavors.
Ellie, Common Thread Apprentice 2017
After completing a two-year college program in Fruit and Vegetable Crops, I came to Common Thread Farm to apprentice under Wendy and Asher, and I'm certain that I learned far more at this farm than in the classroom! Asher and Wendy have put careful thought and decades of experience into creating a farm and a yearly group of workers, both apprentices and others, who are interdependent—the farm needing its workers for completion of daily labor during the growing season, and the workers needing the farm to help teach them as they learn to tend land, care for plants, and feed people. Priorities are balanced in the way the farm is run: profit and efficiency are worked for so that the farm can continue to thrive and support those who care for it, while excess food is donated to where there is local need, and education is given generously to the next generation of farmers. While I was at Common Thread, I received a real boost from the atmosphere and opportunities there. I was able to make a fair wage and live locally while learning on the job, and I built friendships with fellow apprentices as we drove out to visit other farms on educational field trips. Now, as I have taken on more managerial farm roles elsewhere since my apprenticeship, I carry with me memories of Wendy and Asher's management style and kind manner of relating to people. I also remember Asher's insistence on workers knowing the exact names of the tools they used!
-Sophia Urusova, Apprentice, 2014 and 2015.
Farming with Wendy and Asher for a full season was one of the most educational experiences of my life. Even at the height of the season, they make sure to find time for your questions and give thorough explanations for the different work to be done on the farm. They are two incredible and sincere farmers, who willingly impart their wealths of knowledges and years of experience on subjects that range from CSA business planning, to medicinal herbs, cover crop management, and hundreds more!
-Julia, 7-month apprentice 2012
Wendy and Asher are patient, gracious, and always willing to help young farmers learn new skills. I learned a great amount about farming under their supervision, and always felt like I was contributing to worthwhile work because they were along side me and gave the task context. Their passion and love for farming is truly contagious and their demeanor is peaceful and focused. I was inspired to work with this well-coordinated team that has great communication and doesn't mind get their hands dirty. Ask plenty of questions because there are years of experience and knowledge to tap into.
Summer Intern, 2011
My two seasons working with Asher and Wendy were critical in my development as a farmer and manager. I came in with a list of skills I wanted to learn, and they were intentional about helping me meet my goals. Apprentices were part of the day to day planning which gave me a solid base in priority setting, as well as crew and task management. I had the opportunity to do a lot of tractor work, cover cropping, and mange the greenhouse. I had increased responsibilities my second season and was able to build on my skills and understanding of farm systems from one year to the next. Asher and Wendy have continued to mentor me as I moved into a management role on a different farm -- I literally do not know where I would be without them!
USCS CASFS 2009
Apprentice, Poughkeepsie Farm Project (with Asher and Wendy) 2010-2011
Farm Manager, Rock Steady Farm
The two seasons I worked with Asher and Wendy, first as an intern then an assistant manager, were incalculably valuable to my farming education. They are extremely smart and communicative growers, and they were supportive to my learning objectives as well. After two years with them I felt very ready to manage my own farm. They're amazing. I can't recommend them enough.
UCSC CASFS 2008
PFP with Asher and Wendy 2009-10
Farm Manager at The Greening of Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit 2011-13
Fresh Cut Flower Farm Detroit