Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Other
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale, Other
Pay Rate$900/month stipend, free room and board, utilities and farm produce provided. We provide one week (5 contiguous work days) paid vacation to each intern, with the provision that interns' vacations cannot overlap and can't take place during the garlic harvest (early-mid July). A bonus is offered to interns that meet/exceed expectations and fulfill their season-long commitment. There is also the possibility of advancement to a position of greater responsibility/management position after successfully completing a season's internship with us.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe (Jay and Kristi) have three young children, ages 18mos., 5, and 7. In our free time we are usually at the river, swimming, fishing, or floating with them and with friends and neighbors. We also enjoy hiking and camping around MT, and foraging for huckleberries and mushrooms. Jay loves to hunt for deer and elk in the fall, and the whole family enjoys winter sports. Kristi loves to read. We are transplants from Michigan (Kristi) and Louisiana (Jay), and have been living and farming in Montana for most of the past 19 years. Kristi has worked on all types of farms in Michigan and Montana, including vineyards, a dairy, many organic vegetable and fruit farms and a conventional potato farm. Jay is a carpenter-turned farmer who is now attending a D.O. school full-time. We have hired Ian, one of our previous interns, as a farm manager to help oversee farm operations. We take a holistic approach to agriculture with a focus on maintaining healthy soils through cover crops, green manure, and animal manures.We strive to be good stewards of the land that provides us our livelihoods, and look forward to passing on those skills for others to continue practicing in other capacities.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveThe Moiese Valley is an incredibly beautiful agricultural valley located about an hour north of Missoula, Montana. Our 40-acre farm offers breathtaking views of the Mission Mountains to the east and is only a half-mile walk from the gorgeous Flathead River; perfect for swimming, floating, and fishing. The Mission Mountains are a half-hour drive to the east and offer endless opportunities for hiking and exploring. We are also only about 45 minutes south of Flathead Lake, and a few hours drive from Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. While this is an immensely beautiful and very diverse area, with much to see and do, we like to stress the relatively remote nature of our location. The nearest town of any size is a 15-minute drive away. We do provide wi-fi for our interns, but cell phones reception can be spotty here, depending on your service provider, although texting is usually possible. In short, interns should expect to adjust to a slower, rural, pace of life. If, after consideration, you think you'd be interested in coming to work and learn organic farming skills in an incredibly beautiful part of the world, we'd be happy to hear from you!
Describe your farm operation
We are a Certified Organic farm located in the beautiful Moiese Valley. We currently grow a variety of vegetables and herbs for wholesale markets, as well as for a multi-farm CSA operated by the Western Montana Grower's Co-op. We also grow a large seed garlic crop that is marketed through a retail seed company. In addition we have 25 acres of pasture that we lease out for grazing. We have a greenhouse for starting seeds in spring, 3 large heated hoop houses primarily used for growing tomatoes and basil, and 4 unheated hoop houses used for general season extension purposes. We also have a largish garden for home/intern use in which we grow many other vegetables, as well as assorted fruit trees and berries on the property. We have 3 tractors and various implements that we (and interns) use whenever applicable. We irrigate with a pivot and some handline. We are going through a transitional time at our farm as Jay is currently in D.O. school. As a result, we have hired a wonderful former intern, Ian, to help manage our farm and business. Interns will be working with Ian as well as with Kristi (and occasionally Jay), with the other inters, and independently at least some of the time.