Number of Workers Sought10
Type of FarmVegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale
Pay Rate$14 - plus paid lunches, twice monthly catered lunches made with produce, goat cheese and pork from the farm and a weekly CSA share which includes an 8 ounce goat cheese and 8 - 10 veggies!
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://www.amaltheiadairy.com/employment
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsNate attended Montana State University, studying mechanical engineering technology, but the attraction to farming remained strong. Composting the goat manure and straw bedding started his first business venture while in college. Nate took over the cheese making in 2007, further integrating himself with sustainable farming advancements.
Over the years while selling compost, our customers would always say how great their gardens were growing. These high praises ended up being the motivating factor in starting our own vegetable farm. In 2010, Nate began growing in a 30' x 72' greenhouse and then one year later he broke out a half acre plot for root crops that could be stored until he found a market for them. Over the years, Nate began selling his produce at farmers markets and to local wholesalers such as the community food co-op in Bozeman and Root Cellar Foods, among others. Since 2016 we are now growing on a total of 9 acres, as well as in five greenhouses and five cat tunnels with a crew of farmers dedicated to local produce in Montana.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveAmaltheia Organic Dairy is a family run farm located just outside of Bozeman, Montana in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains. There is more than ample outdoor activities to partake in around Bozeman - rock climbing, hiking, world-class fishing, kayaking, camping, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking as well as ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing in the winter months.
We are located 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman and 10 minutes from downtown Belgrade.
Describe your farm operation
We are a certified organic farm that has been handcrafting award winning goat cheeses for over 20 years. We utilize our by-products, creating our own compost, as well as grow a wide variety of vegetables. We sell wholesale to grocery stores, select restaurants, two local farmers markets and began a CSA in 2022. We strive to have the farm be a fun, efficient and gratifying place to work.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantField & Pack Crew Member responsibilities include:
Harvesting a wide variety of vegetables including but not limited to: hand harvesting baby leaf lettuces, bunching kale, bunching root vegetables and picking hot crops like tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers
Field Work: transplanting, weeding and row covering crops for pest and frost protection
Greenhouse Work: trellising, pruning, weeding and harvesting
Pack Shed Work: washing, weighing and packing vegetables with thorough attention to the needs of different produce for proper washing, packing and storage
What do you expect of a worker?Full time positions (4 days a week) or a Part time positions (2 - 3 days a week) with varying start dates ranging from end of May to early July with work through the end of October - weather dependent. We prefer applicants that can commit through the end of October.
Our crew members get 3 day weekends to explore what Montana has to offer. You are also able to take one week of unpaid vacation off per season with a months notice given to management.
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerYou will be working alongside a management crew with a combined knowledge of over 3 decades in organic agriculture. Ask us questions and learn while on the job. Opportunity to graduate into management after one full season as a crew member.
We will also have twice weekly catered lunches, frequent potlucks and pizza parties with our wood fired oven, large volunteer days to harvest our root crops in the fall (over 100 members of the community came and helped last fall), a crew float down - tubing the Madison River for Fourth of July and farm versus farm kick ball games with other farms in the Gallatin Valley!