Wood Thrush Farm

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

Primary Contact: Kevin Caplicki
Secondary Contact: laurel bell

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

Website: https://www.woodthrushfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Wood Thrush Farm (WTF) is a small diversified vegetable operation based in Ulster county. More than your average vegetable farm, Wood Thrush is a culinary experience. Throughout the seasons we seek to bring a wide array of carefully orchestrated flavors and aromas, to inspire and excite customers, and embolden them to rethink how they prepare meals in their kitchens. We grow over 200 varieties of vegetables and fruits throughout the season, maintain a coop of around 100 laying hens, and sell it all weekly at a NYC Greenmarket. Specializing in high quality hand harvested baby greens and micro greens, we use the term UNconventionally grown (coined by Morse Pitts); we grow without the use of any pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. WTF is a successor business of Windfall Farms (Morse Pitts - Montgomery, NY), and is woman-led, by farmer Laurel Bell. In 2021 we moved our base of operations from Windfall to Four Winds (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, creating our own fertility from on-farm composting systems. While the majority of our greens and vegetables are grown on Four Wind’s land in Gardiner, we continue to lease an acre at Windfall for additional bulk crops.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March 1st 2023
Internship Ends: December 31st 2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season

Internship Details:

We are hiring a full time crew member for the 2023 season. We’re looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join our small 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.

Educational Opportunities: Through the work, you will learn the production ins and outs of what is required to run a market farm. We are a small crew and both owners are hands on in all aspects and happy to share our experiences both in the field and in the office. The land we work on is also a unique no-till permanent bed operation and you will learn how to care for the plants by caring for the soil. You will be trained to select and harvest for the highest quality and heartiest produce, which we pride ourselves on providing for our customers.

Skills Desired: At least 1 full season of vegetable farming experience Punctuality, and flexibility as obligations and seasons change Our farm is located in Gardiner, NY with limited access to reliable public transportation, we recommend applicants with access to a vehicle or reliable transportation for commuting to the farm. 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 potentially 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

Meals: We do not, but you will have access to fresh vegetables from the farm

Stipend: We pay an hourly rate 15-18 depending on experience

Housing: No, unfortunately we are unable to offer housing. We are located 15 minutes south of New Paltz, and 30 min west of Poughkeepsie which have more housing options available. You will need a vehicle to travel to work, as we are outside of any public transportation routes.

Preferred method of Contact: email