Listing Information

Farm Address

58437 Lower Crossing Rd St. Ignatius, MT 59865

Number of Workers Sought

4

Type of Farm

Hay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable

Marketing Strategy

Community Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale, Other

Marketing Strategy (Other)

On-Farm Butcher Shop, Food Truck, Farmers' market, wholesale, CSA

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

$140-$250/week depending on experience, plus room and farm food

What are the dates of your position?

April 1st through Mid-November.

Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?

Shorter periods of employment possible, Prefer full season

Housing

Yes

Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area

We are seeking 4 employees. The livestock manager will receive a fully furnished apartment with Kitchen, shower and bathroom; less experienced workers will have more rustic (read: wall tent and Sweet lil camper trailer) accomodation, still with access to bathroom and shower facilities.

We typically do 1-2 meals together each work day, which provides opportunities for check ins/ work updates.

We are obviously an animal centric farm, but we welcome vegans/vegetarians w the caveat that all employees should be comfortable with slaughter and processing of animals. It's just what we do!

Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.

We are an anti-racist, queer-friendly farm, and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We are acutely sensitive to the fact that we live and work here on the Flathead Reservation as people of privilege, and expect our employees to move and work in this community with sensitivity and awareness, and to actively contribute to an atmosphere of safety for all people here on the farm and in the broader community. We love to be outside, play music, read, and hang with friends and family in our scant free time.

Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests

I (Jesse) have been farming for 7 years in various capacities across the US and recently returned home to MT to start my own operation. I live on the farm with my partner, Jaimie, who is a teacher, and our two dogs. We love to be outside, play music, read, and hang with friends and family in our scant free time.

Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you live

LXF is a 110-acre diversified CSA farm and butcher shop nestled between the Mission mountains and the National Bison range in St. Ignatius, MT.

Describe your farm operation

We raise heritage beef, pork, and chicken, as well as hay and a variety of vegetables, most of which go towards preserves and pickles for CSA members. This year, we will be expanding our operation to include one market.

Additionally, the farm and butcher shop provides meat and produce to our sister business, a food truck called Take it Or Leave it. The truck serves farm-to-truck meals at several drinking establishments around the Missoula area, in addition to the odd catering gig.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

LXF is seeking 4 individuals- one livestock manager, one garden manager, one butcher's apprentice, and one general intern. More details for each of these positions are available upon request. General expectations beyond those implicit in each of these positions are as follows.

Generally speaking, we work as a team at LXF, with each person on the crew responsible for managing a different corner of the farm's operations. Tasks include animal feeding and care, garden maintenance and veggie processing, packing and marketing of our products, hay production, irrigation, and harvest. Additionally, group meals (1-2/day will be prepared by all of us on a rotating basis, as well as cleaning and prep work). Advantage will be also given to applicants with additional carpentry, mechanical, or veterinary skills.

What do you expect of a worker?

Animal manager will work ten hr days, 5 days/week, with all other employees clocking roughly 40 per week. However, as is the case with most farm work, it's about task completion rather than a simple clock-in, clock out. We try to be sensitive in the moments when we have a big hay window, say, and try to compensate for extra hours worked with extra time off whenever possible.

Employees in management positions should have demonstrable skills in some/all of the following: animal husbandry, mechanics, vegetable cultivation/production, welding, carpentry/building... you get the idea- bring something new and valuable to the table, and your chances of being hired increase substantially :).

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

Apprentices will learn first-hand vegetable cultivation practices, animal husbandry skills, and ethical slaughter/butchery/meat production. Meat processing at LXF includes all aspects of butchering, including slaughter, whole animal butchery, curing, and charcuterie. In our first two years, it was tough to promise a comprehensive training- i'm feeling much more confident now that this will be possible. Additionally, we emphasize management intensive grazing and fencing practices, so those skills will be foregrounded as well.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Do you require a trial period or require a prospective worker to visit your farm before hiring?

Yes

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

Currently Hiring

Yes

Trial Period Description

While employees will be hired on the basis of interviews/resumes and references, we reserve the right to terminate the position in the first two weeks if we see a given applicant is not a good fit.

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