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.
2018 Senior Crew Members
These 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.
Jennifer is the Farm Manager. She is now in her 10th 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 Seth 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.
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.
Seth is pumped to be working & learning at New Morning Farm for his second season. This season he spends his days doing drip irrigation, cooler management, Sunday market, mechanical cultivation, and herding cats. He manages our celery, shallots, tunnel cucumbers, and cabbage. When not farming he enjoys cooking, fermenting, reading about and discovering plants, and playing music.
Jared is happy to be learning and working with the team here at New Morning Farm for his second year. Jared enjoys caring for the chickens and collecting eggs. Jared grew up in PA and spends most of his time outside.
Originally from Massachusetts, Mary first fell in love with farming at Siena Farms where she worked two summer seasons upon graduating high school. The University of Vermont cemented her passion for sustainable agriculture, where Mary studied Environmental Studies with a concentration in Human Ecology. This is Mary's second year at New Morning Farm and she's excited to be crew leading, heading the Fun Committee, co-managing overhead irrigation, and managing Wednesday Markets, basil, sunflowers, kale, and standard tomatoes. In her spare time Mary enjoys running, reading, traveling and eating apple pie.
Jonathan is a native North Carolinian and avid lover of the South. He first got into farming working with his grandmother at an early age helping her during the hot North Carolina summer months. Jonathan has worked in community gardens in Greensboro, North Carolina, feeding folks in his immediate community facing food insecurity. Wanting a bigger farm experience he has farmed in Utah and now in Pennsylvania. Ultimately he wants to have his own homestead where folks can live and farm together in an intentional community. This season he will be managing Cilantro, Dill, Okra, and Summer Squash. When Jonathan is not farming, he enjoys reading books, writing poetry, playing bass guitar, doing yoga, and drinking tea. Catch him on Saturday markets to receive a high five or a sticker!
A recent graduate from Virginia Tech, Casey arrived at NMF in May with a degree in horticulture, and experience working for a number of small farms around the country, from Common Goods City in Washington D.C., all the way to Spring Creek Farm in Palmer, Alaska. She's excited to be working on a larger scale operation this season and will be managing rhubarb, arugula, fennel, garlic, overhead irrigation, deer fences, as well as assisting our head manager with upkeeping GAP standard protocols. When not upside down in mud, you can probably find Casey baking up some tasty treats in the kitchen, reading, or hanging our with her cat, Buster.
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 be in his second year at 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.
Jen first fell in love with farming during college, when she spent a summer working at Cloudview EcoFarms in Washington state. She is coming to NMF from Case Western Reserve, where she earned a degree in Nutrition. Jen
is excited to be living and learning in southern PA for her first full
season of farming where she will be managing raspberries,
celeriac, radishes, turnips, and strawberries as assisting with drip irrigation, market pallets, fire safety and Sunday market. When she's not farming Jen enjoys hiking, crafting, reading, and traveling.
Matt is a first year apprentice at NMF, hailing from Maryland. He has a few years experience in vegetable farming and is hoping to learn all that he can at NMF in all aspects of organic vegetable production. He is very happy to be here, working with a great group of people on this beautiful farm nestled in the hills of central PA! This season Matt will be managing the kohlrabi, leeks, parsley, and bok choi. He will also be managing or assisting in the areas of building maintenance, tractor cultivation, pest control, and a handful of other duties. In his free time he enjoys eating good food with good company, hiking, canoeing, music, dancing, Aikido, reading, learning about different cultures, and road trips.
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.