My three seasons working with Wendy and Asher and the Common Thread crew were full of learning, skill-building, and satisfying work. Wendy and Asher’s support and education of their crew is full-hearted and thorough. I came with previous smaller-scale growing experience and an interest in learning more tractor work. They trained me in greenhouse management and tractor cultivation in addition to a large selection of jobs on the farm. They also shared their years of training and experience very generously though education sessions and field trips they organized to take place after work.

As managers, Wendy and Asher value communication, efficiency, and the well-being of the farm organisms (including the crew members and themselves). When I asked for a short check-in, they always met my request for kindly and helpfully even when the schedule was hectic. The stress of farming is real, but they continued to show up wholly even when the going was tough. Additionally, they navigated the pandemic with lots of communication about crew safety and made significant adaptations to ensure the safety of the farm’s wider community.

Though the crew changed season-to-season, I found that each year brought new kind and interesting people who cared about ecological stewardship, food, and thoughtful relationships. The CSA members are also a sweet community that are very supportive and grateful during CSA pick-up. Overall, I believe that Common Thread can be a great place to work to learn sustainable vegetable farming and to connect with people who are striving towards the big goals of ecological care and a just food system.

Jae FriedmanApprentice, then Greenhouse Manager and Tractor Lead 2019-2021

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 education sessions on a large array of topics. 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 RosebrockSummer 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 BrownApprentice 2017 at Common Thread; Head Grower at Stonewood Farm 2021-2022

My name is Alexis. I had the pleasure of being an apprentice at Common Thread for two seasons starting in 2019. The apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in organic CSA farming. Wendy and Asher are great educators, willing to share insights into every aspect of what it takes to sustain a viable local food system. I learned about soil science, crop rotation, infrastructure, machine maintenance, and financial planning all while experiencing the joy of being outside, with my hands in the dirt, watching the seeds I planted grow into beautiful nourishing vegetables. It is a physically demanding job that requires you to think and move efficiently. However, the pressure of the pace is eased by the culture that Wendy, Asher, and their longtime harvest manager Packard have created. As much as they taught and directed, they also asked for input and listened attentively to any concerns or critiques. For me, Common Thread was at heart a place of friendship and laughter, where everyone was united in the goal of building a healthier community. As much as the environment and labor were demanding, so too were they incredibly fulfilling. I’ll always be grateful for the time I spent there.

Alexis AguamApprentice 2019-2020

This CSA is top notch, exceptional and go far beyond the standard farming practices! I travel a lot and have the chance to see what is out there in farmers markets and CSAs from Florida, Mississippi, California and Hawaii. Still there are so few with the attention to detail, work ethics or quality of management as well planned as this CSA. We do have several CSAs in our area, but I chose to travel 45 min each way to be able to have the quality of veggies they have. They take the extra time an effort to rotate crops, amend the soils and grow such a wide variety of produce. Their quality and flavors are spectacular.


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 PappasPFP with Asher and Wendy 2009-10 Farm Manager at The Greening of Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit 2011-13 Fresh Cut Flower Farm Detroit

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 DeFeliceApprentice, Poughkeepsie Farm Project (with Asher and Wendy) 2010-2011 Farm Manager, Rock Steady Farm

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 CohoeSummer 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!

Julia7-month apprentice 2012

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 UrusovaApprentice, 2014 and 2015