Number of Workers Sought4
Type of FarmVegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farmers' Market, Wholesale
Pay RateIn addition to housing and in season vegetables, pay is $1000/month for full time positions. Pay goes up to $1200 per month once you've learned the ropes, usually after 6-8weeks. For part time commuter positions, pay is $9/hr. Compensation is legal and the above amount reflects gross pay before taxes.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsMy name is Tracy Potter-Fins, I am a young queer headed toward my ninth season as farmer/business owner. My partner Margaret is also involved with the farm but mostly runs her own clothing company. We welcome a variety of friends, visitors, and volunteers to the farm every summer, and enjoy the energy and excitement that they bring to our lives. Our summer employees are an incredibly important part of our operation. You not only plant, seed, weed, grow, eat, and sell with us, you also help us welcome the community to the farm throughout the season, during our Spring Planting Party, Four-Course Farm Dinner, and Fall Harvest Party.
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveThe farm is an easy 20 minute drive from Missoula proper, close to a number of hiking trails, and within walking distance of swimming spots along the Clark Fork River. It is a perfect location to enjoy two-stepping, karaoke, and fine dining in Missoula, and an afternoon of fishing or hiking in the back-country.
Describe your farm operation
County Rail Farm is a small diverse Organic farm located in Western Montana, just west of Missoula. We grow for two Missoula Farmers Markets and sell wholesale through the Western Montana Growers Coop. Some of our crops include salad greens, arugula, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and english cucumbers.
Describe the work to be performed by applicantWe are looking for two experienced individuals to take two specific full time roles this season:
**POSITION FILLED** Production Manager: Responsibilities include making sure we're on track for seeding, planting, and field preparation. Participates all other areas of the operation including planting, seeding, cultivating, trellising, weeding, growing, eating, and working at farmers market.
Harvest Manager : Responsibilities include crop monitoring, estimating yields, order management, quality control. Will be working closely with the Western Montana Growers Coop system.Participates all other areas of the operation including planting, seeding, cultivating, trellising, weeding, growing, eating, and working at farmers market.
If you have questions about these positions, please get in touch.
We are also hiring for two harvest positions, Mondays and Thursdays July 1 - September 30. No experience necessary. Work includes harvesting vegetables (and strawberries), washing, packing, labeling, and occasional odd tasks if we have time at the end of the day.
We seek to provide a work experience that is demanding without being grueling. We expect 40ish hours of work each week; Monday to Friday approximately 8am-5pm and alternating Saturdays. You will be working with Tracy, each other, part time harvest help during heavy harvest season, and frequently alone. I may occasionally ask for emergency help in the evening and early morning (e.g. during frost warnings) and to open or close production tunnels. Your responsibilities will vary through the season and work requires physical labor, repetitive movements, and the ability to take direction as well as self-motivate.
What do you expect of a worker?Full Time: We expect 40 hours of work each week; Monday to Friday approximately 8am-5pm and alternating Saturdays. While we work much more, we do not expect you to do the same. For example, when you work Saturday market, you get the Friday before off. Lunch is not included in those working hours. We may occasionally ask for emergency help in the evening and early morning (e.g. during frost warnings). You will be in charge of the Tuesday afternoon market in Missoula, which runs mid-July through late September. On Tuesday market days your hours are from 12pm to 8:30pm. During the season we will work together to ensure everyone gets at least one 3 day weekend/vacation.
Part Time: This position is for Mondays and Thursdays 7am-4pm July through September.
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerAs our employees, you gain first hand experience and detailed knowledge about how a small scale operation like ours functions. You will be part of each stage of the growing and selling process and privy to many conversations about how we do what we do. I am happy to share what knowledge we have about plants, animals, insects, tractors, trucks, and business plans and we set aside some time throughout the summer for "Learning Days" when we take an afternoon off to focus on topics that you are specifically interested in. That said, we are always learning ourselves and you may find yourself learning with us as well as from us. We belong to Montana Homegrown, a group of growers committed to community and sustainability in Western Montana, and you will have opportunities to visit member farms & participate in available workshops through Homegrown and CFAC (Community Food and Ag Coalition, based in Missoula).
Are you a full-time farmer?Yes
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your areaEmployees each have a private wall tent away from the house and have use of the lower level of our home which is a small apartment complete with full bathroom, small kitchen, and internet access. It has a separate entrance through the garage. If you are interested in living off the farm an working full time, we are very open to talking about what that looks like!
(No housing available for part time Employees)