Farm AddressAccess road Three Forks MT 59752
Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmGrain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Type of Farm (Other)Regenerative Permaculture
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale
Pay RateDOE DOCommitment Contact for details, food and housing benefits available.
What are the dates of your position?Flexible. One year commitmet required. Early mornings required
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 areaRoom and board dependent upon what candidate has to offer. If you don't have a lot to offer pitch a tent outback. If you're incredibly resourceful and hard-working I'll put you up in whatever accommodations you require, family included.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We work until the work is done. Meaningful work and a fun uplifting atmosphere are primary focuses. Wholesome existence takes precedence over profitability.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsMy focus is on:
Cultivating conscious community
Providing nutrient dense raw foods to the good people of Southwest Montana
Pioneering regenerative agriculture practices
Promoting ethically sourced foods
Incubating fledgling farmers
Enlivening spirituality in food production
Born and raised in Montana to "in-town" parents. Limited ag experience working cattle, fence, irrigation, harvesting. I turned lunatic farmer about 2010 and haven't taken a day off since! In a nutshell, ideal agriculture should be the foundation of a healthy society. Moving toward this goal entails building fertility and hydrating the landscape, re-localizing, reconnecting people with their food sources the land and life energy, genetic preservation, building food security, educating and providing outreach to the community, transforming the death economy into a life economy, and having a darn good time doing it!!!
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveDryland pasture with a few acres of established garden beds. Livestock intensive (think lots of compost) with an emphasis on establishing more perennial food sources. Not too close and not to far from town, about 45 minutes. Lots of recreation available out the doorstep. Community is growing rapidly both physically and spiritually with open arms to non-toxic ag practices.
Describe your farm operation
Raw milk, eggs, goat and beef, kefir, butter, and some veggies. Veggies have been on the backburner but am putting more emphasis on them this year. Finally finding time for some perennial crops as well. I am a fan of mechanizing as a means to an end, the end being a system designed to not require much mechanization. As a matter of necessity I've made a few significant investments in equipment. Everything I do is organic, biodynamic, as sustainable and local as possible, regenerative, with a focus on proper mineralization and nutrient density. Work at Family Love Produce is healing, gratifying, meaningful, challenging, educational, enlightening, and sometimes downright miserable! Marketing is a nightmare and the weather can be inconvenient @ best. Processing is kept to a minimum, that is a task best left to healthy home economists. Value added products are not my niche but I'm very open to hosting independent ventures (processing among them) provided a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantAgister the goats, cattle, and poultry including: milking, feed & water, bedding, minerals, supplements, natural medicines, HANDLE EMERGENCIES, fence, sow, harvest, bed prep, irrigate, research, problem solve, avoid mistakes, operate equipment, marketing, construction, self-start, self-teach, and above all else THINK.
What do you expect of a worker?Expectations outlined individually based on skillset. Expect early mornings, heavy lifting, rough weather, staying late occasionally, leaving early occasionally, EXCELLENT ATTITUDE MANDATORY. Either reliable transportation or commitment to living close to or on farm is critical. Do not contact me if you are unable to commute, carpool, or move. The farm is 45 minutes west of Bozeman, the roads paved all but a mile. Winter and spring require 4WD or AWD car. Be sure to include your availability... I'm open to any arrangements with the exception of temporary arrangements. Minimum one season (year) commitment. Options include full-time employee, cooperative independent businesses, business partnership, once a month volunteer goat petter, once a week milker, on-farm resident, etc. Lets put our heads together, engage our potential, and cultivate conscious community!
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerI have land, compost, and lots of tools and knowledge.
Make me an offer.
What do you have to offer? Seeking employment and posses mad farm skills? Or are you interested in an apprenticeship to learn? Can you herd goats and cows, garden, build, operate equipment, or organize people? Are you a self-starter? Can you self-teach?
What I aim to cultivate above all else is conscious community. I'm open to hosting completely independent enterprises provided a mutually beneficial situation, for example: a person or group that wants to launch a market garden, sawmill, meat poultry, or similar business that can provide something in exchange for operating on the land. Be creative.
Do you have no farm-related skills to speak of, but possess tenacity and a terrific attitude? I'm open to developing human resources given the right person. No arms or legs? You could contribute intellectually, manage people, or be a shaman! Everyone has something to contribute!