Currently HiringNo, not at this time. Please check back next season!
Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Other
Type of Farm (Other)Cut Flowers
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Wholesale, Education
Pay RateCompensation is multi-faceted and will include:
Fixed rate cash : $100/week; may be adjusted based on experience
2 meals daily (schedule determined with intern)
Weekly rations of eggs, beef, produce and bread as needed/available.
Flower sales commissions: We offer 10% commission on sales generated by an intern-led initiative. Commission is adjusted at set milestones, to be determined when work contract is finalized.
What are the dates of your position?April 15th-October 15th
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 areaThe flower intern would live in a separate tiny house/trailer provided at the farm, but would share in certain meals with the family. We have a four-year old son and a loud but well-behaved herding dog, along with cats. We can accommodate vegetarians/food sensitivities. We are a no-smoking household and farm. Excessive drug and alcohol use is prohibited. Persons of legal drinking age are welcome to enjoy adult beverages in moderation--use must not inhibit ability to perform tasks in a timely and safe manner.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We have high expectations of ourselves and those who work with us, in that we work hard and focus on healthy communication while trying to achieve balance in our approach to farming.
We also practice a strong co-existence approach to wild and domestic animals and demonstrate a deep respect for the lives of the animals we live with.
We are committed to a mutual relationship of respect, teaching and learning with whomever we work.
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://www.meridianfarmandforge.com/ . instagram: @meridianfarmandforge
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsZach and Danielle are new to farming, although Danielle is a lifetime gardener (Zach calls her the garden commander, now farm commander). Meridian is the result of a lifetime dream that we shared separately and now together, for 11 years. We LOVE living in Montana, and specifically, the Mission Valley on the CSKT reservation, where the mountains are just a few miles to the east, the bison range to the south. We enjoy working with what we have, learning as we go and working hard to transform our dreams into reality!
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveThe farm is 40 acres in the heart of the Mission Valley. We are about 5 miles from St. Ignatius. We have friendly neighbors and good friends nearby. The property is split into a few pastures and is mostly pasture for livestock at this point. We have about 1/4 acre of growing space and hope to expand that to about an acre heading into the 2020 growing season. We have an abundance of trees near the house and barn with plans to plant many more throughout the property. A year-round creek runs across the south of the parcel that is also lined with golden willow. View of the mountains are incredible.
Describe your farm operation
Heading into our third year on the farm, and our second year in operation, we are pulling together several things to make the greater whole. While an intern would focus primarily on cut flower operations, we also have a small flock of sheep and alpacas for manure, fiber production and company. We live with a flock of about 60 chickens that provide eggs, manure and entertainment. We have a micro-bakery where we sell bread-shares year-round. We operate a blacksmith shop, creating forged functional art. Lastly, we also grow produce internally for the farm. Pertaining to development and expansion of the cut flower operation, we follow organic growing practices and have used minimal mechanization. In 2020, we may borrow a tractor and at least utilize a hand tractor for soil preparation. Our aim is to improve the property and slowly convert grazing pasture to a mix of natural habitat and flower/produce growing spaces. Our philosophies regarding this farm project are that we are guest settlers on the land. It's our job to improve it and work it in a minimalist way to make positive changes in our community and in the landscape.