Farm Address498 Cash Dr. Stevensville MT 59870
Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmVegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Restaurant
Pay Rate$250/week stipend + housing + farm chow + end of season bonus
What are the dates of your position?May 1st - Jan. 31st, 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 three living options for the season - a room in a shared tiny house, a large camper (summer/fall only), or a studio apartment. 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. Vegetables available for farm crew. Occasional shared meals.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We are a worker cooperative of three co-farmers, sharing in the benefits and challenges of small-scale market farming.
Work and life on the farm isn't always glamorous but working with a great, tight-knit group of people and appreciation from customers, especially in the winter months, works to balance the scales.
We prefer to work and live with folks who can adequately communicate their needs, whether that be asking for time off in advance or letting us know about a problem with the washing machine.
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, cooler, and wash/pack station.
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.
Every part of our farm crew is incredibly important, including our part time employees, full time employees, interns, co-farmers, and the occasional volunteer. All these folks help the farm grow!
Describe the work to be performed by applicantDuring the Spring and Summer season we do a wide variety of tasks with our crew. These tasks may include weekly and bi-weekly seedings and plantings, harvesting, tractor cultivation, weeding, irrigation, etc.
During 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.
In the Spring and Summer months, May-Sept., our general hours are 7am-5/6pm Monday through Friday with a 1 hr 15 minute lunch break. Saturday farmer's market hours are 5:30am-2pm. Sundays are off. From May through October we will rotate who works the farmer's markets, so Saturday is an off day for 1- 2 people each week. In preparation for markets, Fridays can often be a longer day from May-Oct, with a realistic end time of 8pm.
In the Fall/Winter months, October through January, our general hours are 9am-5/5:30pm Monday through Friday with a 1 hr 15 minute lunch break. Interns have the full weekend off from November through January, with occasional half or full days off on Wednesdays.
In May through October a typical week looks like:
Monday: weekly meeting, harvest in the morning, harvest or 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 seeding and transplanting in the morning, field maintenance in the afternoon
Saturday: market or off day
Sunday: off day
November through January:
Monday: weekly meeting, harvesting
Tuesday: harvest/wash/pack for CSA, CSA delivery in the afternoon
Wednesday: micro green seeding, field and high tunnel maintenance, educational session for 1-2 hours, we occasionally will take Wednesdays off or do a half day depending on the weather
Saturday: 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.
In November through January we try to do an educational session on Wednesdays as a group for 1-2 hours. We will check out a farm or business related resource (article, podcast, webinar, etc.) and discuss it together.
What do you expect of a worker?The Ideal Candidate For Our Farm:
-Is trustworthy and Hardworking
-Is self-motivated to learn and to complete the task at hand efficiently
-Is positive, energetic, and inquisitive
-Is willing to work with others responsibly without letting socializing get in the way of efficient work
-Is able to work all day on your feet despite weather conditions
-Is able to lift 50lbs consistently.
-Is able to work quickly and efficiently whether for a time sensitive task like harvesting or a monotonous task like hand weeding.
-Is willing to ask questions to ensure understanding of tasks and systems
-Is willing to be in the public eye, positively representing our business
-Takes precautions to avoid accidents, keeping safety in mind
-Can communicate their needs, questions, and concerns to us when necessary
-Has a strong interest in local, sustainable vegetable production
See above section for a typical work week schedule.
Additional time off must be requested two weeks in advance.
Must be able to lift, bend, and work outside in the elements. You will work hard, but it is so rewarding, spreading the beauty and flavor of vegetables, one carrot at a time!
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerWe offer a unique experience to learn about year round growing in a colder climate (zone 5a). 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, farmer's market sales, a spectrum of cultivation techniques, and more. We will work along side you as much as possible. 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.
In the winter months we meet on Wednesdays for 1-2 hours for an education session. We go over a farm or business related resource (article, podcast, webinar, etc.) and then discuss it as a group.