Organic farms are built upon the labor of the people who work them. We believe that our goal-oriented yet fun workplace is what has built the strong team that plants, weeds, harvests and brings to market all of our produce. Without these folks, New Morning Farm would not be the same.
2016 Senior Crew Members
These four crew members have over 20 years of combined experience at New Morning Farm. Their skills, plus their knowledge of and familiarity with our systems keep everything running smoothly. They provide management and oversight of the fields, the crew, irrigation and more, serving as advisors to the rest of the crew, as well as to each other, to create a team-led and co-operative work atmosphere.
In 2010, Caitlan quit a desk job to start her life as a farmer. This is her 6th season at NMF, where she has learned everything she knows about vegetable farming. Her specialties include irrigation, cultivation, managing crops, and trucking produce to markets. She has a M.S. Hydrology from the University of Arizona and a B.S. Geology from Juniata College. Caitlan loves to bake, hike, read, do yoga, laugh, sample craft brews, and travel in her free time. She goes to Saturday market every other week!
Stephanie is in her third season and is still amazed and inspired by the verve of NMF. This year she will be managing our Tuesday Sheridan Market and working at Dupont Market twice a month. She’s excited to go to DC regularly and meet more of you! She manages specialty cucumbers, onions and shallots, and celeriac. She has been farm apprenticing her way up and down the East Coast for the past decade. Before that, she got a degree in International Studies from Northwestern. Stephanie has an unhealthy obsession with delicious food, cooking, music, brewing, her horse sized dog Bear, and fun funky fermented foods. If you see her at market and want to talk food, she's your girl!
In his 7th season at NMF, John specializes in harvest management, drip irrigation, cover crops, and doing whatever else needs to be done . His 13th season on organic vegetable farms, he started his apprenticeship in farming in CT, at Guy's Eco-Garden and at Fort Hill Farm, before moving to the Charlottesville, VA, area to manage Roundabout Farm. John has two little girls, ages 6 and 8, and enjoys hanging out with them at work and at home. He loves cooking for his kids and encouraging them to eat non "kid foods," including tempeh, kale, and buffalo ribs. He tends perennial crops at home, and has successfully produced a handful of figs from an indoor tree. He is at Sunday market in Dupont Circle almost every week!
Dean is in his third season at NMF. He first got his hands in the dirt growing up in rural Lancaster County and working on his grandfather’s farm. He worked city jobs for a couple of years, but is now back on the farm. His journey began with community gardens and WWOOFing, and then became an apprentice at Edible Earth Farm in Tionesta, PA. Finally, he's arrived here at New Morning Farm. The crops he manages include Celery, Corn and Chard. The jobs he oversees are: chickens, cultivating, cover crops, equipment maintenance, the website/social media, and working with Pearl as the assistant field manager. When Dean isn’t farming he enjoys cooking, eating, raising sheep and chickens, and carving wooden spoons and bowls.
All apprentices, even (and especially!) those who are new to farming, immediately take on individual responsibilities. Ranging from the monitoring, harvest and post-harvest storage and marketing of crops, to driving a tractor for cultivation, to leading a team in the field, apprentices gain skills and learn the systems of New Morning Farm from the beginning of their stay. Check out our page about apprenticeships to learn more about our program and benefits.
From May-October, we need a lot of help planting, weeding and harvesting. Our labor force primarily consists of people hired from local communities. We also participate in the H-2A guest-worker program and each season, three men from Jamaica join our crew. We're lucky to have such a great team and are grateful for our seasonal workers, who often come back year after year. We strongly believe in paying a fair wage and providing a fair work environment.