Farm Address61506 Foothill Road, St, Ignatius, MT 59865
Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Wholesale, Other
Marketing Strategy (Other)very small scale, word of mouth. When egg production is high we sell at the Mission Falls Market in St. Ignatius. We sell our hogs by the half and whole.
What are the dates of your position?Starting early April 2018, ending in October or so. Busiest times will be during irrigation season, June/July through mid September. We are very flexible on the days of the week.
Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?Shorter periods of employment possible
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaWe are a couple in our thirties and live in a small house with our two little kiddos. We’re looking for one person or a couple who is interested in learning about and contributing to a small farm with strong values centered around good food. We have a rad 1958 camper available for housing. It's got a full-size bed, small kitchen and living space.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We are family-centric and our kids always take priority over the farm, which is why we are choosing to remain at the small-scale level for the next few years. We are anti-racist and queer-friendly and require that interns be the same. Katie’s parents also live on the farm in a separate house.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe’ve been on this land for 3.5 years, and our plan is to keep things small scale while our kids are young. Larry studied food and farming in school and Katie’s background is in local food system development. We are not certified organic yet but manage our livestock and vegetables with organic standards. We’re not here to work ourselves (or potential interns) to the bone. We spend a lot of time figuring out the life we want to create for our family and work our way towards that at varying paces.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveWe’re on 40 acres consisting mostly of pasture at the base of the foothills of the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We’re just a short walk from Mission Reservoir, close to the National Bison Range, two hours from Glacier NP, 4 hours from Yellowstone NP, one hour north of Missoula. Outdoor recreation activities are fairly limitless in this area. There are a number of young farmers in the Mission Valley that also host interns, so there is no shortage of good people to spend time with.
Describe your farm operation
Though we have 40 acres, most everything we do is small-scale (fruit, veg, tea, flowers, dairy, sourdough, pork and eggs). We’re working our way to a silvopasture/savannah system, having planted two thousand fruit and nut trees, as well as hedgerow trees, and extensive fencing. We have two American Guinea Hog sows and one boar that we breed 2x/yr, and depending on the time of year, we have anywhere between 15-50 hogs who are pasture raised and rotated twice weekly. We’ve got three milk cows and usually one or two calves for beef, who are also rotationally grazed. Anywhere between 20-75 pastured laying hens, and maybe meat birds soon. We also have a mobile high tunnel.