Wood Thrush Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
158 Marabac Rd
Gardiner, New York, 12525

Primary Contact: Kevin
Secondary Contact: Laurel

Primary Phone:
    Number: 917-293-2911
    Email: woodthrushfarm@gmail.com

Website: https://woodthrushfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Wood Thrush Farm (WTF) is a small diversified vegetable operation based in Ulster county. We grow over 200 varieties of vegetables and fruits throughout the season, and maintain a coop of around 100 laying hens. Specializing in high quality hand harvested baby greens and micro greens, we use the term UNconventionally grown; we grow without the use of any pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. We are entering our third season as our own farm business, which follows after 7 years managing production and marketing, for Windfall Farms (successor farm), at the Sunday 79th st Greenmarket in NYC. In 2021 we moved our base of operations from Windfall Farms to a section of Four Winds Farm (can’t get away from the wind we know) and are excited to have finished out our first season on their remarkable land. Four Winds Farm, established in 1988 and located in Gardiner NY, is a diversified Organic vegetable operation, which grows on 2.5 acres using no-till permanent bed methods. While the majority of our greens and vegetables are grown on Four Wind’s land in Gardiner, we also continue to lease a plot on Windfall for additional bulk crops.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April
Internship Ends: December
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: May
Minimum Length of Stay: full season

Internship Details:

Position Overview
We are looking for two crew members to join our team to help in all aspects of production; greenhouse propagation; transplanting; weeding; harvesting, washing, packing; maintenance of tools, irrigation, and work areas; and marketing produce throughout the season.

Skills and qualifications:
At least 1 full season of vegetable farming experience
Punctuality, and flexibility as obligations and seasons change
Clean driver’s license, reliable transportation for commuting to farm, comfortable driving a large market van in Manhattan
Able to work outside in all weather conditions with a positive attitude, including rain, snow, wind, heat, cold and whatever else Mother Nature throws at us
Physically fit, able to lift at least 50lbs
Ability to remain in squatted, standing, kneeling, or generally uncomfortable positions while performing repetitive tasks
Meticulousness and attention to detail while maintaining and understanding the need for pace and efficiency
Self-directed, self-motivated with a desire to see projects through to completion
Willingness and ability to receive feedback, and comfortable seeking guidance or asking questions
Ability to work well independently as well as cooperatively with the rest of the crew
Ability to follow written and oral instructions and be flexible with daily tasks
Ability to problem solve and fix issues as they arise
Direct and healthy communication with managers, crew members, landowners and parallel farm crew.
Vaccinated/boosted for COVID-19
Desire to cultivate a healthy space that is inclusive of all people = BIPOC+LGBTQIA

Compensation and Schedule
This is a seasonal position starting in March continuing into December. 4-5 days, 30-40 hours a week. Compensation is $15.00/hr, or more depending on experience, plus farm fresh vegetables.

Educational Opportunities: While farming with us you would be learning the ins and outs of a small farming operation from the field to the marketing side of things. Because we grow with no chemicals, you would be learning how to select for not only the best looking, but best tasting produce. Farming in itself is an educational experience and all of us at Wood Thrush are constantly learning more about our environment and how to be more efficient and productive.

Skills Desired: At least one year of experience is a plus, but not necessary. We are looking for individuals who pay attention to detail and have a passion for food and learning.

Meals: No, but all of our staff has access to produce from the farm.

Stipend: Yes

Housing: Not at this time

Preferred method of Contact: email