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.
Jennifer is the Farm Manager. She is now in her 9th season at NMF. She grew up on a family farm in New York's Finger Lakes Region. She came to NMF from the University of Vermont in Burlington with a biology degree. She is the snap pea expert. She oversees pest and disease management, overhead irrigation, the mowing of our roadways and field edges, food safety, and the tine cultivation on very young crops- like corn, beans, and potatoes. Jennifer and Stephanie will be managing the Dupont Market, and you will see her at market every other Sunday. Jennifer spends her free time cooking, horseback riding, playing music, and she is slowly finishing a tiny house.
2017 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 advisers 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 8th 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 fourth season and is still amazed and inspired by the verve of NMF. She is Assistant Field Manager and co-managing our Dupont Market with Jennifer. She’s excited to go to DC regularly and meet more of you! She manages specialty cucumbers, onions and shallots, celeriac, and our social media accounts- you should follow us! 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 9th season at NMF, John is the crew leader and drip irrigation adviser. 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 8 and 10, and a newborn little boy 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.
Dean is the Field Manager and Shop Manager. He is in his fourth 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. He manages Corn and Potatoes, our lovely Chickens, cultivating, cover crops, and equipment maintenance. 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.
This is John’s second year on the farm. He is a Florida native, but enjoys the seasonal changes of PA. The farming life found him through an interest in biological sciences and a desire to be outdoors engaging in work that helps “build a little character”, as his mother would say. In his spare time you can find him walking in the woods with his dog, enjoying music on the porch, fishing, or spending time with friends and family in DC. This year he will be managing Saturday Market, Irrigation, Summer and Winter Squash, Broccoli, Cilantro and Dill. Make sure to stop and see him on Saturdays at Sheridan School!
Jenn is a second year apprentice. Jenn is a native Texan that has called Central PA home for the past 8 years. She recently left her desk job to join the New Morning Farm crew to get back to her true passion - growing vegetables! This year she'll be managing the garlic, leeks, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cherry tomatoes. In her spare time she can be found hiking and biking the mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog, Duca.
Virginia came into farming through environmental and social justice organizing. Born and raised in New Jersey, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College, where she studied writing and joined a network of student organizers throughout the city. After graduating, she moved to New Orleans (her favorite place in the world), got her first dose of farming and there was no going back. Since then, she has spent a summer growing on a small-scale organic farm in Southern Indiana and is now super excited to be farming for a full season at New Morning Farm! When not spending time with vegetables, you can find her walking through the woods, hanging out with her dog, practicing yoga, reading, and writing.
This is Mariah's 2nd season here at NMF. Fresh out of the world of academia, Mariah came to New Morning Farm after completing a B.A. in Geography at the University of Denver. Mariah is managing strawberries, rhubarb, kale, collards, green beans, and her favorite, cabbage. Her jobs include managing cats and fun, along with building maintenance and overhead irrigation. Mariah spends most of her free time cooking, fermenting, and baking (much easier in PA then in the Colorado altitude!). Beyond food, she also digs running, reading, sewing, and learning pop songs on ukulele.
Miriam comes to NMF from Western Massachusetts, where she first fell for farming as a little kid, picking big piles of strawberries and sugar snap peas. Before NMF, Miriam apprenticed during the summer seasons at Bug Hill Farm and Wilderbrook Farm. This will be her first complete farming season, for which she'll be managing Raspberries, standard Tomatoes, Beets, Fennel, and Leeks! She's also doing Drip Irrigation, Beneficial Insects, and high tunnel assistant. Even though Miriam has known for some time that she'd eventually join the wild world of sustainable agriculture, Miriam also really loved studying religion at Wesleyan University. These days, if she's not working in the fields, Miriam is most likely cooking up funky food experiments, printmaking, playing with her kitten, or listening to podcasts.
Steven was first introduced to farming through his family’s small backyard garden as a child, but it wasn’t until attending Dickinson College, in Carlisle, PA that these childhood chores led him to seek employment at the College’s own certified organic farm in Boiling Springs, PA. There he worked two years part-time until, upon graduating from Dickinson in May 2015, he began living and working full-time at the farm as part of their apprenticeship program. In March 2016, Steven moved to western Massachusetts to begin working as a harvest leader and market vendor for Red Fire Farm. This year, Steven is thrilled to join New Morning Farm where he will be managing Spinach, Carrots, Parsnips, and Field Cucumbers, as well as assisting with overhead irrigation and season extension via hoops and row cover. When he’s not in the field you can probably find Steven outside hiking or biking or experimenting with something new in the kitchen.
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.