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 excited to be working & learning at New Morning Farm for his second season. This season he is a drip irrigator and assistant produce manager. He manages our sweet, delicious celery and assists with specialty cucumbers, onions and shallots, and celeriac. When not farming he enjoys cooking, fermenting, reading about and discovering plants, playing music, and petting cats.
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.
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.
A Massachusetts native, Mary first fell in love with farming at Siena Farms where she worked two summer seasons upon graduating high school. In more recent years Mary has split her time between studying environmental studies at the University of Vermont in Burlington and working for Outward Bound out in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She’s in her second season at NMF and will be managing basil, parsley, radishes, raspberries and turnips. In addition to playing in the dirt, Mary thoroughly enjoys running, reading, traveling and eating apple pie.
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.