Employment Opportunities

Positions Available in 2017

Apprenticeships - 7-9 month work/learn positions

Summer Internship - 2-3 month work/learn position

Field Work Positions - Part time harvest/field work positions during summer and/or fall

 

Apprenticeships

We seek farmers in training to come learn with us!  We are two farmers with 20 years experience each who enjoy sharing what we know and learning from you.  Our scale allows motivated apprentices to learn and practice a wide variety of skills.  We have been training apprentices for fourteen years now and consider training future farmers to be one of the most rewarding things that we do.  

We seek individuals who are passionate about farming and interested in managing a farm.  Apprentices learn how the farm works from seed to distribution by participating in greenhouse work, irrigation, transplanting, cultivation, pest control, 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.  Apprentices have the opportunity to learn about soil fertility, crop rotation, business planning, budgeting, marketing, crop planning and more during on-farm workshops as well as have opportunities to take field trips to other farms.  

Term of Employment: March or April through October or November

Compensation:

  • Training in organic farming, CSA, and business management
  •  $9.70/hour for 40-50 hours/week 
  • Two paid personal days
  • Produce from the farm
  • Worker's Compensation coverage
  • Assistance in locating housing

Qualifications:

  • At least 2 months experience working on a vegetable farm. 
  • A strong interest in working and learning on a production CSA farm
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and be physically able to complete a season of farm work
  • A valid driver's license with clean driving record
  • Good communication skills

For more information and an application, please contact us at 315-882-0086 or info@commonthreadcsa.com.

 
 

Seasonal Positions

Summer Interns learn on the farm, participating in greenhouse seeding, transplanting, harvesting, pest control, CSA distribution and more.  The position runs from mid-May or June through mid to late August.  Summer interns receive training in sustainable agriculture, $9.70/hour for 40-45 hours/week, one paid day off, produce from the farm, and assistance in locating housing locally.  All employees have workers compensation coverage.  We seek folks who are excited about farming, responsible, hard working, positive and good communicators.  Some prior experience on a farm or garden is very helpful.  Summer interns must be able to work in all weather conditions and have a valid drivers license.  

Field crew members work 15-24 hours per week late May through August and/or September-November.   The primary task is harvesting but the position may also involve washing, packing, weeding, transplanting, greenhouse work and other farm tasks.  The pay is $9.70/hour plus vegetables.  Field crew members have workers compensation coverage. We seek field crew members who enjoy working outside both alone and with others and who are excited to be part of the meaningful work of growing healthy food for the community.  

For more information and an application for any of these positions, please contact us at 315-882-0086 or info@commonthreadcsa.com.

 

Apprentice and Intern Testimonials

Testimonials from former apprentices and interns:

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!
Angela DeFelice
USCS CASFS 2009
Apprentice, Poughkeepsie Farm Project (with Asher and Wendy) 2010-2011
Farm Manager, Huguenot Street Farm 2012-13
 
Asher and Wendy are both incredibly knowledgeable and patient people, especially when it comes to farming and their apprentices. I spent my first year farming with them at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and they taught me more than I could have imagined I'd learn.  They are wonderful people and I owe much of my farming experience and knowledge to them. 
N.D, apprentice 2011
 
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.  
Katrina Cohoe
Summer Intern, 2011
 
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!
-JWS, 7-month apprentice 2012
 
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. 
Sarah Pappas
UCSC CASFS 2008
PFP with Asher and Wendy 2009-10
Farm Manager at The Greening of Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit 2011-13
Founded Fresh Cut Flower Farm Detroit 2014
 
There's no question that Asher and Wendy are incredibly knowledgeable farmers and have tons of experience. But just as important to me as an apprentice, they are truly interested in teaching and they are just about the kindest people you could hope to work with. 
H.R. - Full season apprentice, Poughkeepsie Farm Project 2010