Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Vegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Wholesale
What are the dates of your position?May 1 to mid October.
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 areaI have rooms and a kitchen for workers seperate from my home. Bathroom and shower is in our home, but located in a walk in basement and rarely used by others. These accomadations would be available on the days that you work.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.I have a daughter who is 13 and a son who is 16. My parents also have a home on the property. We do our best to provide workers with privacy and adequate free time. there is always a lot going on here and there will be times you will be asked to work a little harder or longer. I live in a quiet, beautiful place and I think exploring the area is an important benefit to workers.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsI'm 41, and have been involved in farming for 20 years. I have been operating a very well-established market and wholesale farm business in Moiese for 15 years. My kids and parents play a very active role in the farm work and overall health of the farm. Besides learning how to grow produce, I think gaining an understanding of what it is like to raise a family on a small farm and be part of a rural community are the main things to take away from this experience. This is a great hands-on opportunity for someone interested in running their own farm one day.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveMy farm is located within a mile of the Lower Flathead River. It is in a small rural community of farms and ranches. It is a half hour drive to the nearest towns and an hour drive to Missoula. The river and local reservoirs are favorite places to cool off, fish, float, and reflect. There are endless opportunities for hiking in the Mission mountains and surrounding areas. The National Bison Range is only a few miles down the road, and a great wildlife viewing area. (See the elk in the picture below) There are opportunities to socialize with neighbors and other organic farm workers in the area. Other than that, there is not a lot going on for social activities or entertainment.
Describe your farm operation
We have about 6 acres in produce and 8 in hay. We own 18 acres altogether. We grow a wide range of produce for farmer's market and a collective CSA and wholesale through the Western Montana Grower's Cooperative. I would say we are mid-range as far as our level of mechanization goes. We have a few goats, and several border collies all of which are more pets than productive parts of the commercial operation.