Farm Address41041 Mountain View Rd Polson, MT 59860
Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmVegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Type of Farm (Other)Organic Vegetable Seed; value added agriculture
Marketing StrategyFarmers' Market, Wholesale, Other
Marketing Strategy (Other)Contract Seed and value added product
What are the dates of your position?First start date April 15, 2019. Season finishes November 15, 2019 Please call and we can discuss your availability
Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?Prefer full season
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaWe have a second 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house on the property that is very comfortable, spacious and furnished. Individuals must be comfortable with communal living. No smoking allowed or other tobacco products allowed. Rent is free for trade of mowing around front of property and 1 weekend per month staying on the farm to care for dogs, cats and irrigation tasks.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We are a small family farm that believes in hard work and having fun. We are passionate about farming and making time to enjoy the beautiful setting we live in and enjoy paddle boarding, rafting, hiking and attending music festivals. We live in a rural community and people are spread apart this requires some driving to connect socially. We have a nine year old and enjoy some independent family time during the summer. Farming is hard and at times stressful work and there are times when we are tired and are trying to incorporate more relaxation into our lives.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsI, Karl, operate Fresh Roots Farm with my partner, Darci and our nine year old daughter and are entering our 8th season at our present location. During the summer, Darci works off the farm two days per week as a therapist, while I work full time on the farm. Our employees are a critical and valued part of our farm. We believe in hands on learning and are passionate about creating an inviting and vibrant farm. We have learned farming from making many mistakes and why we love farming is that it is a continual evolution where we are constantly striving to learn more. We ultimately enjoy, although at times are frustrated, by knowing that the environment is in control of the farm and it is our job to work with the weather and our soil.
Darci and I have previously worked as wilderness guides. Our work in wilderness settings helped shape our philosophies as farmers who desire to create healthy soil, respect the ecological factors and a work towards building a healthy community.
Our daughter is an exuberant and integral part of the farm and often helps harvest and clean produce.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveOur farm property is 15 acres with about 6 acres cultivated. We are incredible lucky to farm in a truly stunning location, I often find myself staring in rapture at the mountains. We are located at the foot of the Mission Mountain Wilderness area. It is possible to hike and backpack from the farm into the wilderness. We are only 15 minutes from Flathead Lake and 20 minutes from whitewater rapids and world class fishing. Ample hiking, fishing, and water sports opportunities exist.
Describe your farm operation
Fresh Roots Farm is a certified organic vegetable, small fruit and seed farm located seven miles south of Polson, MT at the base of the Mission Mountains. We are a family farm run by a husband, wife and our nine-year-old daughter and are entering our 8th season. We specialize in cool and warm season annual and biennial seed crops, strawberries and a variety of vegetables. We market our vegetables and strawberries directly at the Polson farmers market as well as through Western Montana Growers Cooperative's wholesale and CSA. Additionally, in 2017 we started a value-added popsicles enterprise, Flare Pops (https://www.flarepops.com). In 2018 we started an on-farm commercial kitchen to produce our popsicles from our fruits, vegetables and herbs that are marketed at three farmers markets and multiple festivals.
We are extremely passionate about our organic seed enterprise and believe organic seed production brings a unique niche enterprise and biological diversity to our farm.