Number of Workers Sought3
Type of FarmVegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe are a worker cooperative of three co-farmers, sharing in the benefits and challenges of small-scale market farming. Barret, Katie, and Max are our names, and we intend to grow food our whole lives, and work alongside many aspiring farmers in the process.
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, such as asking for time off in advance.
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 production, 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 used for storage, the cooler, the dry storage, and the 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 applicantTransplanting seedling vegetables, weeding and thinning crops, harvesting, and assisting in the wash/packhouse.
What do you expect of a worker?We expect good communication, punctuality, and the ability to lift 50 pounds.
We expect to set a schedule that takes into account the worker's needs and the farm's needs. We generally work 8-10 hour days, but again, it's important that we develop a schedule that works for the individual.
We are harvesting three days a week, attending farmers markets on Saturdays, and conducting many farm tasks the other three days of the week, including transplanting, weeding, trellising, and more.
There are plenty of days each week to work, so we'd like to talk with individual applicants about their particular needs.