Listing Information

Farm Address

41041 Mountain View Rd Polson, MT 59860

Number of Workers Sought

2

Type of Farm

Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other

Type of Farm (Other)

Organic Vegetable Seed; value added agriculture

Marketing Strategy

Farmers' Market, Wholesale, Other

Marketing Strategy (Other)

Contract Seed and value added product

Paid

Yes

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

Housing

Yes

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

We 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 interests

I, 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 live

Our 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.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

We believe in hard work and having fun. Farming is physical work and you can expect repetitive movements and being outside in a variety of weather conditions. Please note that farming is not a clock in and out business; there will be times when we need to get a harvest or other project completed before ending the day. We expect 40 hours of work per week. Some weeks may be longer and employees will be compensated accordingly. Some weeks may be shorter depending upon the weather and tasks that need completed.

What do you expect of a worker?

Applicants need to have previous farm experience. Applicants need to possess a strong work ethic, curiosity, positive attitude, flexibility, problem-solving skills, and perseverance. Please note that farming is not a clock in and out business. There will be times when we need to get a harvest or other project completed before ending the day. During the early and late season we work five 8 hr days. During the main part of the season we work four 10 hr days per week. We will discuss exact scheduling on the phone.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

We believe strongly in learning by doing. We have developed systems on our farm that work for our particular operation and will teach those systems. Employees will work side-by-side with us starting plants, transplanting, weeding, setting up and record keeping of field trials, harvesting vegetables, processing a value added product, selling at farmers markets, managing irrigation and harvesting, threshing and winnowing seeds and preparing biennial seed crops for long term storage. Employees will be expected to work efficiently and independently once they understand what is expected.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

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Pay Rate

Employees with previous farming experience will start at a base pay of $8 per hr. Compensation is legal and the above amounts reflect gross pay before taxes. Additional marketing opportunities at festivals and other weekend events may arise with Flare Pops. Furthermore, employees that complete the entire season are eligible for a bonus, which is contingent upon the farm’s financial performance.

Currently Hiring

Yes

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