Number of Workers Sought3
Type of FarmSmall Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Education
Pay Rate$12- $16/hr. with housing and some shared meals. Housing includes camper trailers, 18' tipi, canvas tents, or shared bedrooms. There is a shared kitchen, hang-out spaces, bathroom, and laundry.
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://www.cultivatingconnectionsmt.org
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsHomestead Organics Farm (HOF) is the Farm-Classroom for the nonprofit Cultivating Connections Montana (CCMT). HOF owner and CCMT Director, Laura Garber, has been farming organically since 1999. Farm co-operator, Henry Wuensche, is an apprenticed bee keeper and zoo animal keeper who hails from the former East Germany.
CCMT was formed seven years ago to house all the educational programs at the farm. CCMT now manages all the vegetable production on the farm.
Building Community Through Food, that is what we are trying to do!
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveHomestead Organics Farm hosts volunteer interns to live and work as part of our 'Farmily'. We welcome volunteers who are interested in becoming a part of our small farm community. Volunteers must be willing to make a minimum 3 week commitment to live and work on the farm. Learning opportunities include planting, monitoring, weeding, and harvesting of vegetable crops, animal chores, cooking and other food processing, and meeting the community for events. One weekday lunch meal is shared by all. Bulk organic Montana-grown grains and lentils as well as our own produce are provided for volunteers. Housing includes camper trailers, 18' tipi, canvas tents, or shared bedrooms. There is a shared kitchen, hang-out spaces, bathroom, and laundry. Our set schedule allows for plenty of time to enjoy the abundant area recreational opportunities. We have a fleet of bikes for you to use. Families are welcome as the farm is often full of kids!
Describe your farm operation
Homestead Organics Farm is the Farm-Classroom for the non-profit Cultivating Connections Montana. The farm is located a few miles south of Hamilton, Montana, and lies between Hwy. 93 and Skalkaho Hwy.
We are Real Organic Project Certified and certified organic by the MT Dept. of Agriculture. Most of the farming is done by hand with mechanical preparation and mowing.
We raise mixed veggies, garlic, seeds, fruit trees, meat chickens and turkeys, laying hens, potbelly pigs, goats, ducks, geese, heritage turkeys, AND COMMUNITY!
We work to function in a relational basis instead of strictly a transactional basis-- half our Veggie CSA shares are donated within the community, our Darby Farmers Market booth is by donation, we accept SNAP, trade for vegetables, apply for grants and seek program donors and sponsors, and hope work to inspire new ways of integrating the community into the farm.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantWorking with Cultivating Connections Montana means: mentoring youth and community members in small scale agriculture, cooking and sharing food, and living resilient lifestyles.
Work will include seeding, watering, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, value-added food processing, using hand tools, caring for livestock, interacting with community members, and seeing every day as an opportunity to learn and share.
What do you expect of a worker?*The 2022 Cultivating Connections Montana program schedule is: Monday, Thursday, and Friday 10AM-6PM, Tuesday 9AM-7PM, Wednesday 10AM- 3PM, rotating Saturdays 7AM-2PM.
Have a set schedule with lots of free time to enjoy the natural wonders in the area including trailheads as close as a 10 minute drive away, the Bitterroot River that is a 10 minute walk away, amazing Lake Como only a 15 minute drive away, and a bike path connecting us to the lovely small town of Hamilton that is only 3 miles away.
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerDreaming about farming in Montana? Join Cultivating Connections Montana, a non-profit educational organization, for a season to remember. Expand your knowledge and skills in organic small-scale vegetable, seed, and poultry growing. Mentor Youth and others in the field and at the market. Spend time in the commercial kitchen cooking lunches or learning to make value-added, ready-to-eat salads and meals for sale and donation within the community. Collaborate on creating and hosting community and skill building workshops. Contribute to the weekly CSA newsletter and share the Cultivating Connections Montana story. Lead youth to give back on Fridays with rotating: visits to the community garden, field help for other small growers, and monthly ‘Special Abilities Camp’ for kids on the autism spectrum.
Are you a full-time farmer?Yes
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaHousing could be: in the tipi, a camper trailer, a large canvas wall tent, or in a shared bedroom. There is a shared full kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and common room in one house. In the main FarmHouse there is a commercial kitchen, a poultry processing room, attached greenhouse annex, the FarmStand, walk-in cooler, and additional hang-out space with internet connectivity.
Eat Lunch together Monday-Friday. Bulk Montana grown grains and lentils, as well as farm produce available for dinners. Two shared dinners each week, prepared on a rotating schedule. Breakfast and weekends on your own.
Please attach any photos of your farm and operation
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We believe in working hard during work hours, taking time for ourselves, eating and spending time with our families and friends, cooking and eating Montana grown foods, loving nature, and being present for the moment.
The work on a farm is never ending, but we all have to have a break if we want to remain resilient. Good sleep and time for chores and morning practices is important to us so we do not start work before 9AM, and usually start at 10AM.