Farm Address250 Chester Lane Bozeman, MT 59715
Number of Workers Sought6
Type of FarmLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale
Pay Rate$10/hr hourly wage unless/until you have compelling experience. Experienced farm crew will be eligible for higher wages up to $13/hourly. We do need perhaps 2 crew leaders this year as well.
What are the dates of your position?One position available now, most start in April to early June.
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
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaInexpensive and on site for two single folks or two couples. Two bunk houses; one with one without electricity. It is adequate but not deluxe! Camp kitchen. Dedicated (Deluxe) bath/shower and a fridge in the barn. Locals with their own housing are encouraged to apply!
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.Jacy and Matt are the parents of Zachary, 10, and Ania, 7 in April, and full time and then some vegetable farmers. Both raising vegetables and children are important enough to us that we choose to alternate our days between running the farm and raising a family. We both do both things well. We also make time every week to keep ourselves fit and sane by staying active on our beautiful Southwest Montana trails.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsMatt was raised in the Gallatin Valley and his parents instilled in him a passion for growing vegetables organically at a young age. Jacy was raised in Northwest Montana and her parents and grandparents instilled in her a passion for growing just about anything organically at a young age. We met in our mid and late 20's and started farming full time shortly afterward in 2003. We make our world a better place by raising organic vegetables for our community, by instilling that organic ethic in our children, and hopefully this year, by hand weeding less.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveWe own 7 acres and have a few neighbors within 1/4 mile of our homestead, 3 miles east of Bozeman near the Bear Canyon Interstate exit, and within 5 miles of 3 different Gallatin National Forest Trailheads. Train and interstate are also within 1/4 mile; it is not always peaceful here depending on how the wind blows and sound travels. River bottom surroundings and right up against the foothills of the North Gallatin Range/South Bridger Range interface. We have 5 greenhouses/high tunnels, a few outbuildings, a barn where we process our vegetables downstairs and live upstairs, and 2 bunkhouses for employees. Our vegetable fields immediately surround our homestead.
Describe your farm operation
We (Matt and Jacy, Zachary, 10, and Ania, 6, soon to be 7!, and a dedicated farm crew) run a diversified and Certified Organic family farm dedicated to the sustainable production of healthy produce for our community. 2017 marks our 15th year in production! While we do have laying hens, raise a few broilers, and graze sheep, our focus is as a production vegetable farm. Our production is very diverse with a focus on salad greens, root crops, and more. We have three greenhouses for seedling and vegetable production and two high tunnels for season extension and have been cultivating 12-15 acres in recent years. We use tractors for primary and secondary tillage and cultivation and harvest most things by hand. We market our produce to many area restaurants, the Community Food Coop, to a 185 member summer CSA, to a 100 member winter CSA, and to two summer and one winter Bozeman farmers markets. We also own/operate the Bozeman Winter Farmers Market.
New for us in 2017 is an expansion to our neighboring Rocky Creek Farm, a 50 acre Conservation Easement farm with u-pick berries and fall pumpkin patch. We bought our property from RCF in 2008 and are excited to be expanding our operation!
Describe the work to be performed by applicantSuccessful applicants will gain experience in practical methods and economic realities of organic vegetable production that support a small family farm. Early season work includes greenhouse maintenance, transplant production, weeding, seeding, and limited harvesting. Some fencing and ongoing farm maintenance will be done. Summer brings four plus days of harvest and three days of field work, plus farmers market sales and CSA/Restaurant delivery. The harvest continues through the fall, and then we clean up. Irrigation is often, drip and mostly overhead. Five days per week, around 40 hours in the spring and late fall. Twelve weeks of 45-50 hours/weekly during the heat of sales and production. We still try to take Saturday afternoons and Sundays off, but we will likely stagger crews this year to have weekend help.
With the addition of Rocky Creek Farm this year, we also need a grounds/animal/irrigation person, and farm stand, orchard and cider press, school tour, event, and pumpkin patch help. Very diverse opportunities exist!