Farm Address67 Rocky Road
Number of Workers Sought40
Type of FarmVegetable, Other
Type of Farm (Other)Flowers, organic
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Wholesale
Pay RateCrew members earn $10/hour with fresh organic vegetables to take home.
What are the dates of your position?Openings of different lengths during April-Early November season; most positions are May-September w/ the possibility of extended work into the fall and/or through the winter if available. Full-time (5 days/week) and part-time (3 days/week) are available.
Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?Prefer full season
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsDylan was raised in Pinedale, Wyoming and spent the majority of his childhood exploring the surrounding mountains, with a snowboard on his feet in the winter and a pack on his back in the summer.
After finishing high school and generally causing trouble in Pinedale he moved to Bozeman to gain an education at Montana State University and to continue getting into the mountains, though not necessarily in that order. Although drawn to Bozeman for the mountains, Dylan ended up finding the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems degree program, from which he graduated with a degree in Agroecology.
During his time at MSU Dylan had the chance to become involved with the local food community in Bozeman; first through an internship at Towne’s Harvest Garden, MSU’s student farm, then through the process of creating a local food documentary called Bozeman Eats, and eventually as a Farm Manager at Three Hearts Farm. Heartened by his experiences with all of those involved in the local food system, from producer to consumer, and seeing the apparent need for more local food production Dylan decided to stay in Bozeman and start a farm of his own.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveStrike Farms is located just outside Bozeman, home to Montana State University and 45,000 people who love the mountains. Many people are drawn to Bozeman for our outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, hiking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, hiking, fishing, and rock climbing.
In 2017, Strike Farms expanded to 20 acres of tilled ground, producing vegetables, flowers, and herbs on 13 of those acres, with the remaining 7 acres in full-season, soil-building cover crops.
Describe your farm operation
Strike Farms, owned by Dylan Strike, is a certified organic farm located in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains, just outside Bozeman, Montana. Right from the start, we’ve been committed to growing the finest quality vegetables, flowers, and other foods using only sustainable farming practices, while never losing sight of our dedication to building community for our friends and neighbors.
We farm our ground in a way that not only maintains its fertility, but also improves it over time. We rotate our crops, utilize cover crops and strategic grazing, incorporate compost, plant beneficial insect-attracting plants, and employ other agroecological techniques.
We grow well over 100 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and potted plants each season that are available through our Summer and Winter Vegetable Subscriptions, local Bozeman Farmers' Markets, Town & Country Foods, the Community Food Co-op, Heebs, Rosauers, Planet Natural, Ace Hardware, and several other Bozeman area establishments. We also provide Strike products to select stores and restaurants in Billings, Big Sky, Butte, Helena, and Livingston.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantA Crew Member is responsible for carrying out all production, harvest, post-harvest and sales tasks as directed by the Crew Leader, Wash/Pack Manager, Production Manager and Sales Manager.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
• Production duties; greenhouse seeding, transplanting, direct seeding, hand weeding, field preparation and cleanup, trellising, pruning, fertilizing, spraying organically approved products, etc.
• Harvest duties; harvest a diverse mix of produce, flowers, and herbs in an efficient and effective manner with an eye for excellent product quality.
• Post-Harvest duties; wash and pack all produce for all markets according to specifications
• Sales duties; assist with farmer’s market and on farm sales events, drive delivery vehicle to Bozeman
• Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor.