Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmFruit/Orchard
Marketing StrategyFarmers' Market, Wholesale
Food not included. Small camper available.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe are a married couple new to commercial scale farming. We love to grow plants and our educational backgrounds are in agriculture and business. We are committed to energy conservation, soil preservation, regenerative agriculture, mimicking natural systems, and providing habitat for wildlife, especially pollinators & raptors.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveWe are located in St Ignatius, Montana which is a small farming town with a handful of grocery stores, restaurants, maybe a bar (?) and a mechanic shop. There is a growing new farmer community as well as established farms running for generations. This town is on the Flathead reservation which is the ancestral lands of the Salish Kootenai tribe. It is a 45 minute drive north of Missoula and a 35 minute drive south from Polson.
Our 80 acre farm is a former wheat field that we are slowly replacing with berry orchards. The Mission Mountain views are spectacular as our farm sits very close to the Mission Mountain Reservoir and campground. It is an incomparably lovely wilderness, but recreation permits are required.
Describe your farm operation
We value using regenerative solar energy whenever possible and installation of these systems are part of the infrastructure build out. We are using a tractor with 3-pt implements for field prep (tillage, sowing cover crop).
Describe the work to be performed by applicantThe ideal applicant will be able to assist with the following:
Soil amendment application once in spring
Manage fertigation system twice per month
Weed management as necessary
Building root cellar
Assist with a schoolie build
What do you expect of a worker?Schedule is flexible and can be determined before each week begins. However, once the schedule is set, reliability is essential. Of course emergencies come up but communication is expected if you need to miss work.
Farm work will be mainly mechanical via tractor but there will be a manual amendment application once in early spring.
Building work includes carrying heavy construction materials.
The ideal candidate is a fast learner and able to problem solve. Because we are relatively new to this field, we welcome outside input especially if you are more experienced on a particular task.
Keep track of work done each day, report to employer
Keep track of hours worked, report to employer
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerYou will experience farm start up infrastructure build-out first hand! You will be working alongside the owners and other employees. We are always happy to share our research on the plants we are growing as well as explain our reasons for choosing particular cultivation methods. We are also very eager to hear feedback on considerations we may have overlooked. It’s hard to think of everything!
Are you a full-time farmer?Yes
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaWhie it is not required that you live on site, we do have rough accommodations available for one employee and their partner. Additional employees are welcome to bring their own camper/tent.
Intoxication during work hours will not be tolerated.