Farm Address127 Hideaway Trail
Number of Workers Sought4
Type of FarmSmall Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Type of Farm (Other)Primarily a Certified Organic Medicinal Herb and Egg Farm; grow our own vegetables
Marketing StrategyFarm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale, Other
Marketing Strategy (Other)We have an on-site Farm Store Apothecary. We are in the process of obtaining our wholesale out-of-state license to market to urban apothecaries and herbalists seeking hand-crafted artisan quality organic herbs. We offer education programs that focus on farming practices, (soil health, growing herbs, etc.), processing herbs and making herbal products, and creating a healthy farm-based lifestyle. Farm Tours are offered weekly during our open Farm Day, Wednesdays.
What are the dates of your position?February-October - five days a week with Saturday rotation for Farmer's Market
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 areaHousing on-site: in cabins or bunkhouse early and late season; cabins and tents during summer
Designated Farm Kitchen: meal prep rotated. We are all learning about how to incorporate herbs into our meals in a therapeutic health-building manner.
No smoking of any kind on site: it is not healthy for our medicinal plant
No drinking or drugs - We are a Substance-Free Farm with zero-tolerance
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.I am a 69 year old, energetic hard working visionary dedicated to offering opportunities that have meaning and value to those who come here. Living with over 150 medicinal herbs on this property is a unique, challenging, and potentially life-changing experience. I am committed to seeing that both my harvest of top-quality hand-crafted medicinal herbs and those who help to grow them, THRIVE!
Farming challenges one to always do one more thing and our days are full, fun and fast-paced. You can expect to work harder than you ever thought you could or would want to and ... learn to love it. Though each day begins with a plan, often mother nature and this woman are changeable, so being flexible and looking to see the wisdom in adaptability is valuable.
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://www.spiritworksherbs.com/2019-apprenticeships-and-internship
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsThough I am almost 70, I am healthy, energetic and hardworking. I have three grown sons. One is a naturopathic physician and clinical herbalist who often visits, offering classes and consults, and important guidance for our herbal operation. My oldest son, who has Down Syndrome, lives on the farm with me and our dog Jake. My third son, visits regularly to make sure I am taking time for outdoor adventures like hiking an inflatable paddle board up to Upper Grinnell Lake to float among the iceburgs next to Grinnell Glacier.
I moved here from Northern New England in 2008. I have had an organic home garden all of my life and a medium sized farm with sheep, pigs and cows for 11 years while maintaining a full time job.
As a professional healing arts practitioner and now-full time farmer, I am committed to learning all I can about creating the best soil, food, and herbs for building health. Sharing this venture in community with others is exciting. Our farm to table lifestyle is augmented with experimenting with culinary herbalism.
Other interests: I love this part of the world and all the outdoor opportunities it offers. Who wouldnt?
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveWe are located have way between Whitefish and Kalispell MT on 10 acres with about 1.5 acres under herb, fruit, and vegetable cultivation and the remainder in meadow and forest having diverse herbs for wild-crafting.
Farm buildings include a High Tunnel, Small greenhouse, two hoop houses, chicken coop, chicken hotel, farm store apothecary, garage workshop, refrigerator van, commercial kitchen/herb dehydrator van, Farm Kitchen with living quarters, Retreat Center bunkhouse, Oasis (sauna, hottub, cold plunge tub, outside shower, rustic laundry), and campground.
Describe your farm operation
The focus of this farm is Learn-Farm-Grow Health
Our medicinal herbs are all hand-crafted with no major machinery. We are now almost 100% no-till with extensive composting practices. We are constantly learning how to make our herbs of the highest potency and vibrational quality possible for building health. The obvious means for this is by working with developing our conscious intent in our growing and production methods and we find this is best done with hands and hand tools not machines.
We market though our on-site farm store apothecary and are developing our wholesale out of state markets this season. We also anticipate attending the local farmer's markets this season.
We design and bring in educational programs that focus on regenerative farming practices and the health building uses of herbs.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantPoultry Husbandry - feed, water, collect eggs, monitor health of flock and needs for space, forage, cleanliness, etc. daily
Farming - seed selection, planting, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest processing (dehydrating, refrigeration, storage, fermenting, medicinal jam making, value added herbal products), packaging
Marketing - Farm Store, Orders, Farmers Markets
What do you expect of a worker?5 days a week, start early - work late with mid-day for personal time, usually spent in research and educational presentations
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerEducation is experiential, learn as do with instruction and time for research in our extensive farming, herbal, and culinary library
We ask everyone to research a minimum of one herb each week, write up a report and give a presentation. Reports can focus on therapeutic uses of an herb, growth requirements, or culinary herbal uses (includes preparing culinary herbal dish)
Classes offered to the community with outside presenters are frequent and open to workers, though there may be a fee involved.