Contact informationFarm Address:
3424 Lake Moraine Road
Madison, New York, 13402
Primary Contact: Wendy Burkhart-Spiegel
Secondary Contact: Asher Burkhart-Spiegel
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Common Thread CSA is located in beautiful Central New York, next to a college town and near several state forests. We grow 17 acres of mixed vegetables and cover crops using an innovative permanent raised bed system and several forms of season extension. Our markets include custom CSA boxes on the farm and in Syracuse and Utica, farmers markets, and some wholesale. We work to make our food and farm accessible to all. We use sustainable growing practices emphasizing soil health and cultural methods of pest control. We don't use synthetic pesticides or herbicides, or GMOs. We, the farmers, have been growing vegetables on sustainable farms in the Northeast for over 20 years each. We have trained over 80 apprentices and interns over the years and find working and sharing with others who are motivated to play positive role in the food system to be one of the most rewarding things we do. We are very concerned about COVID safety and are taking every precaution to protect our crew and our community.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: September 2021 or March 2022
Internship Ends: End of November or December 2022
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: Ongoing until positions are filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 8-10 months for apprentices, 2.5 months for summer interns - also hiring year round staff as well as summer only and part time positions
We are looking for apprentices and summer interns who have a passion for farming, as well as more experienced farm crew members to join our team. We could take someone on in the fall who would want to continue on into next season and are also accepting applications for 2022. We will help you gain knowledge and skills to manage a vegetable farm. We train participants in all aspects of mixed vegetable farm management from seed to distribution to business management. We are at a scale where apprentices who are focused on learning can be involved in many aspects of the farm including tractor work, farm marketing, CSA management, irrigation, season extension, greenhouse management, harvest management, pest management, wash and pack, working with volunteers, and more. There are possibilities for multi-year learning and continuing in advanced positions in future years. As long as COVID-19 is a threat, are requiring masks for staff and visitors anytime they are potentially exposed to non-vaccinated people in public situations or in close proximity to others.
Educational Opportunities: Training is accomplished though biweekly evening education sessions (either on farm workshops or field trips to other farms) and by practicing skills and discussing "hows and why" in the field.
Skills Desired: We seek apprentices and interns with a minimum of 2 months experience working on a vegetable farm who are excited to learn, enjoy the physical and mental challenges of farming, have good communication skills and a positive attitude. For staff positions, we seek motivated individuals with 1-2 years experience on a vegetable farm to take responsibility for one or more area such as greenhouse management, tractor operations, wash and pack and harvest management.
Meals: Apprentices and interns receive a CSA share and access to storage vegetables in the winter.
Stipend: $12.50-$13.50/hour for 40-50 hours/week, depending on experience in 2021. Wages for 2022 will be $13-14 DOE. Apprentices also receive vegetables, farm training, and sick pay up to 40 hours/year.
Housing: There are also affordable housing options locally. We can assist apprentices in locating housing nearby.
Preferred method of Contact: Email