Come farm with us!
Common Thread CSA is a 17-acre vegetable farm in Central New York that grows mixed vegetables using sustainable methods for on farm and delivered CSA, and some wholesale. Operating at this scale, we use a mix of hand and mechanized techniques, offering a wide variety of skills for farmers to learn and hone. We are a family farm with two farmer/owners with over 20 years of experience growing vegetables for CSA. We enjoy sharing what we know with– and learning from– our farm crew. 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 work to make our food accessible to all by running a sponsored share program and donating food to local soup kitchens and food pantries. We work to build a positive and safe workplace and welcome diversity of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, family status and religion. We take COVID seriously on the farm and take all precautions to keep our staff and members safe.
Apprentice Positions – We are currently hiring Apprentices for 2023!
Come learn with us! We have mentored dozens of future farmers, farm educators, and community food advocates over the 20 years that we have been managing farms. We love to farm with, learn from and share information with others who have also “caught the farming bug”. Farm apprenticeships are full time, full season (8-10 month) positions on the farm focused on learning a variety of skills necessary for running and managing a farm while working on the farm. Apprentices are involved in all aspects of the farm for a full growing season including greenhouse work, transplanting, harvest, wash and pack, weed management, CSA distribution, tractor work, pest control, general farm maintenance and more. We help farm apprentices build agriculture knowledge by setting up biweekly evening education sessions and field trips on topics such as soil management, cover cropping, business planning, weed identification, CSA management and more as well as setting up field trips to other farms in our region. We pass on information about farmer education events going on in our county and region and make sure that interested apprentices have time off to attend community events that conflict with work time.
Previous experience with gardening, landscaping or farming is preferred. We seek apprentices who already know that they love doing physical work outdoors and are curious to learn all aspects vegetable farming. The scale of our farm creates a lot of opportunities for motivated apprentices to learn a wide variety of skills and we love to teach apprentices who are eager to learn. We encourage apprentices who enjoy the farm work to return in positions of greater responsibility in future years.
Field Crew Positions – We are currently hiring Field Crew Members for 2023!
Field crew may be part or full time on the farm for the summer, the fall, the full season or year-round. Field crew members help with greenhouse, harvest, transplanting, packing, deliveries, and general field work. We look for positive team members who enjoy working outside; are detail oriented; enjoy the athletic challenge of fast paced physical labor; and find joy and meaning in growing healthy food for their local community. Previous farming experience is helpful but not necessary to join the field crew although positive previous experiences doing physical labor outdoor is helpful to be more certain that it will be a good fit.
Crew members with previous mid-scale vegetable farming experience and/or who are able to commit to a full time schedule will be given more leadership and responsibilities and wages will start higher. Being a member of the crew is a good option for those who enjoy working on the farm but don’t have the time or interest to do a farm apprenticeship or management position.
Farm Management Positions
We seek farm team members who have at least two seasons of prior experience on vegetable farm(s) similar to our scale, have good communication skills, enjoy working as part of a team, and are excited to help produce healthy veggies for local communities. While the job descriptions below lay out primary responsibilities, all positions require flexibility in responding to the needs of the farm and all on farm management positions will provide crew leadership for other tasks as time allows. Applicants who are interested in these positions, but who have less than the required experience are encouraged to start as farm apprentices as a stepping stone to a management position. If applicants have a good amount of experience but can’t commit the time needed for a management position, they are encouraged to apply for field crew where they can have a more flexible schedule but we will consider their prior experience when setting their pay rate and assignments.
Assistant Field Manager (hiring for 2023)
The assistant field manager is involved in tillage, fertilization, cultivation, pest control, cover cropping, mowing and other tractor operations. They work closely with the farm and field manager (Asher) to ensure that the beds are ready for planting, spent beds are turned over and cover cropped and assist with other tractor operations as needed. This is a full time position that is scheduled around the weather so flexibility around the weather is necessary.
Harvest Manager (currently filled, may be hiring for 2023)
The harvest manager is responsible for leading and supervising the crew during harvest and post-harvest operations. The position works closely with the farm and CSA manager (Wendy) and the wash station manager to ensure that the farm’s produce harvest goals are completed. This includes correct quantity, quality, and post-harvest handling on all produce until it is delivered to the wash station; training the crew in best harvesting and handling methods; and maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
Wash and Pack Manager (currently filled, may be hiring for 2023)
The wash and pack manager is responsible for processing and recordkeeping for all produce after harvest and supervising crew members when they assist in wash and pack. They work closely with the farm and CSA manager (Wendy) and the harvest manager to ensure that the wash and pack goals are completed. This includes correct quantity, quality, and post-harvest handling on all produce after it is delivered to the wash station; training the crew in best (harvesting and) handling methods; and maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
Greenhouse Manager (hiring for 2023)
The greenhouse manager is responsible for greenhouse and hoop house care 6 days/week March-August, supported by the farm managers. This can be a part time, seasonal position or full time paired with other responsibilities such as assistant harvest manager or wash and pack manager.
Assistant Harvest Manager (hiring for 2023)
The assistant harvest manager works with the harvest manager and the farm and CSA manager to lead and supervise the crew during harvest and help to complete harvest goals. This position can be paired with other responsibilities such as greenhouse manager, tractor work, and/or leading the crew on non-harvest days.
Bookkeeper and Communications Assistant (currently filled)
Provides support to the farm managers in carrying out administrative tasks of Common Thread CSA. Tasks may include processing deposits, paying bills, reconciling bank statements, CSA member communication, updating CSA members’ accounts, helping to coordinate the sponsored share program, and organizing and completing mailings or other administrative tasks as needed and as time allows. This is a part time position that may be carried out remotely.
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…