Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

2

Type of Farm

Vegetable, Other

Marketing Strategy

Community Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Wholesale

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

Pay rate begins at $10/hr and increases if and when efficiency and ability increase. Potential higher starting wage for experienced harvesters.

Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests. What sets you apart from other farms?

My name is Tracy Potter-Fins, I am a queer headed toward my eleventh season as farmer/business owner. My partner Bethany and I strive run our diversified vegetable and flower operation with intention and care. 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. Depending on what days you're working, you will harvest, 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 live

The 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, cherry tomatoes, and cut flowers including roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, and tulips.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

We are hiring two part-time positions this year. Schedules may be only Mondays and Thursdays or Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Positions start May or June - September 30. No experience necessary, but experience is great if you have it. Work includes harvesting vegetables (and strawberries), washing, packing, labeling, and if working Wednesdays or after harvest, other tasks such as planting, weeding, dead heading, and bed preparation. If interested, working at the farmers market on Saturdays is also an option.

We seek to provide a work experience that is demanding without being grueling. You will be working with Tracy and Bethany, as well as other part time harvest help during heavy harvest season, and frequently alone. 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?

This position is for Mondays and Thursdays (and potentially Wednesdays) 7am-4pm or 8-5 depending on weather May or June through September or October depending on the season.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

As our employees, you gain first hand experience and detailed knowledge about how a small scale operation like ours functions. You be part of many conversations about how we do what we do while you're here. I am happy to share what knowledge we have about plants, animals, insects, tractors, trucks, and business plans. That said, we are always learning ourselves and you will likely 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 and 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 area

No housing available for part time employees

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

What are the dates of your position?

Part time Mon, Wed, and Thurs, May or June - Sept 30 (potentially October depending on the season)

Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?

Shorter periods of employment possible, Prefer full season

Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.

We believe in hard work, having time to play, and taking care of ourselves and each other. We enjoy pop gossip, a good dance party, and bad puns. Our two dogs are super friendly and we are mildly obsessed with them (you likely will be too by the time you leave).

Currently Hiring

No, not at this time. Please check back next season!

Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?

Yes

Online Listing URL

http://www.countyrailfarm.com/ http://instagram.com/countyrailfarm

Type of Farm (Other)

Flowers