Farm Address498 Cash Dr. Stevensville MT 59870
Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmVegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Restaurant
Pay Rate$200/week stipend + housing + farm chow + end of year bonus
What are the dates of your position?Early August - last week of January 2020, detailed weekly schedule described below
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 areaThe farm provides two living options for the fall/winter season - a room in a shared tiny house or a large camper. Shared shower is available in the tiny house or in the shower house next to the camper. Washer and dryer are available in the barn. Extra vegetables available for farm crew. Occasional shared meals. After hours duties may include occasional closing down of high tunnels.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We are a worker cooperative, sharing in the benefits and challenges of small-scale market farming.
As a growing small scale vegetable farm we are always looking for feedback about how to improve the quality of life for our farm crew, whether that be additional time off, a change in the hours per week, changes needed for living accommodations, etc. We are here to listen and try to improve things for you.
Work and life on the farm isn't glamorous but working with a great group of people and appreciation from customers, especially in the winter months, works to balance the scales.
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://attra.ncat.org/internships/farmdetails.php?FarmName&City&State=MT&Keyword&allDate=0&page=1&FarmID=4702&fbclid=IwAR2y3bFpSEE65z4k1QTESCEs4Vp7CsiLdLQF2F-CPXjSiqYdn9A9YvX7L7w
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsPlease see URL listed above
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveOur farm is 15 acres total, with 5 acres in vegetable productions, about 5-7 acres in cover crops, and the remaining acreage in a mix of harvest roads, buildings, and shelter belts (a mix of shrubs, fruit trees, and conifers that act as a wind break when fully grown). We have 5 high tunnels, a seedling greenhouse, and a barn for storage and wash/pack.
Our farm looks out over the Bitterroot mountains and we are a 5 minute drive from fishing and swimming sites along the Bitterroot river.
We are 2 miles south of Stevensville, a small town with most necessary amenities and many community events. Missoula is 45 minutes away and Hamilton (another small but vibrant town) is 30 minutes away.
Describe your farm operation
Our farm grows a large amount of cut greens and root crops, with an additional mix of hot crops, head brassicas, herbs, alliums, etc. We do majority direct sales at 3 summer farmer's markets, 1 winter farmer's market, a Spring, Summer and Winter CSA, and to a handful of chefs.
We strongly believe in providing high quality produce as consistently as possible by attending farmer's market nearly year round and providing CSA shares 42 weeks of the year. Additional focus is placed on maintaining direct contact with our customers through great customer service and personal connection.
Our farm is majority certified organic (as of July 2019), with a small portion still transitioning to certified organic production. We prioritize soil health through our growing practices to create a resilient system from the ground up.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantDuring the Fall and Winter season we do a large amount of harvesting with smaller amounts of planting, seeding, and field maintenance (field clean up, weeding, tractor cultivation, caterpillar tunnel set up and break down, etc.), and farmer's market sales. General hours are 7am-5/5:30pm Monday through Friday with a 1 hr 15 minute lunch break. Saturday farmer's market hours are 5:30am-2pm. Sundays are off. We will rotate who works the farmer's markets, so Saturday may be an off day for 1- 2 people each week.
In August through October a typical week looks like:
Monday: harvest in the morning, field maintenance in the afternoon
Tuesday: harvest/wash/pack in the morning for CSA, field maintenance in the afternoon, 1-2 people will deliver CSA shares in the afternoon
Wednesday: harvesting and/or transplanting in the morning, field maintenance in the afternoon
Saturday: market or off day
Sunday: off day
November through January: (M-F start time will likely be pushed back to 8am or 9am depending on weather)
Tuesday: harvest/wash/pack for CSA, CSA delivery in the afternoon
Wednesday: harvesting, packing bulk storage crops, micro green seeding, and high tunnel maintenance, we occasionally will take Wednesdays off or do a half day depending on the weather
Saturday: market or off day
Sunday: off day
Every Monday morning we meet to go over the plan for the week and to discuss any successes or challenges from the previous week.
What do you expect of a worker?See above for a typical work week schedule.
Work is done with a combination of hand and mechanized tools. We are striving towards systems that decrease the strain on our bodies by use of proper tools. Despite this, there is still some heavy physical labor to be done and applicants must be able to lift 50lbs consistently.
Time off includes Sundays and 1-3 Saturdays off per month depending on the season. Occasional Wednesdays in the winter season are half days or off days depending on weather. Additional time off must be requested two weeks in advance.
Expectations for Farm Crew members:
-Motivated to learn and to complete tasks.
-Positive attitude and willingness to work with others.
-Able to work all day on your feet despite weather conditions.
-Able to work quickly and efficiently whether for a time sensitive task like harvesting or a monotonous task like hand weeding.
-Willing to ask questions to ensure understanding of tasks and systems.
-Has a desire and patience for community, as you will be working with the same folks throughout the season in a cooperative environment.
-Takes precautions to avoid accidents, keeping safety in mind.
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerWe offer a unique experience to learn about Fall and Winter growing in a cold climate (zone 5). You will learn about how to harvest a variety of vegetables, winter high tunnel production, greenhouse seedling and micro green production, proper storage and washing techniques, overwintered plant production, etc. We will work along side you as much as possible. Typically Fall and Winter months involve a lot of group bulk harvesting and washing. Occasional tasks will be done alone.
Each week the crew will meet on Monday mornings to plan out the week and discuss any successes or challenges from the previous week.
We also have a variety of books and online audio and video resources to offer farm crew members.