Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

4

Type of Farm

Hay & Forage, Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable, Other

Type of Farm (Other)

Diverse vegetables, cut flowers, and hay

Marketing Strategy

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

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

We provide a stipend of $200 to $325 a week for interns as well as housing and any food grown on the farm. The manager position pays $16,000 to $20,000 for 8 months DOE

Housing

Yes

Describe your farm operation

Mill Crick Farm and Fourth Wave Farm are jointly managed by Lindsey Aull and Randall Mark in the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana. We grow certified organic mixed vegetables and cut flowers on about 15 acres. Our markets are a mix of wholesale, farmers market, and a roadside farm stand. We have several high tunnels for season extension and a greenhouse for field starts and bedding plants. We also grow alfalfa hay on around 20 acres. We are currently seeking three interns for the 2018 growing season. For the three intern positions, we are looking for motivated individuals who enjoy working outside and have a desire to learn about farming.
The manager position will work directly with the farm owners and must have 2-3 years prior experience working on vegetable farms. The right applicant has experience in wholesale and retail produce standards, is self motivated, pays attention to detail, has good time management, is a proficient record keeper, and has a good attitude. During different parts of the season responsibilities will vary and a general understanding of commercial vegetable farming is necessary. The position is salaried and pay depends on experience.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Internship work will include duties in the greenhouse and field, including seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and processing/washing produce for sale. We will be working in all weather, which will vary greatly over the course of the season.
The Manager’s responsibilities will include:

1) Working with field crew weeding, transplanting, irrigation, and harvest

2) Supervising operation of our farmstand: stocking and shrinking produce, keeping inventory, cleaning, caring for a 20x24 greenhouse for bedding plant sales April thru end of June.

3) Operating our booth at the Hamilton Farmers Market: setting up and take down, representing the farm and interacting with customers, having general knowledge of produce and plant starts, proficiency in adding and giving change

4) Overseeing and participating in pack house operations: being familiar with produce marketability standards,facilitating efficient washing, sorting, and packing produce for sale

5) Delivery: Doing deliveries around Western Montana. Mostly within an hour of the farm but possibly one day a week that would be all driving.

What do you expect of a worker?

Work is five days a week and varies for 35 to 50 hours a week throughout the season. Working farmers market on Saturday is sometimes an option. It is extra and pays $50 for about 4 hours.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

What we hope to provide through this internship is training in the skills and knowledge needed to work on/manage a farm including greenhouse management; field tillage and fertility management; equipment use and maintenance; plant production;wholistic farm planning and record-keeping. We have working relationships with several area farms and interns will have the opportunity to visit other operations & interns over the summer through a program run by the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition in Missoula.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area

The intern positions include housing in a 13 ft trailer remodeled into a bedroom with a small outdoor kitchen, wall tent with wood stove or 18 ft. teepee w/woodstove. There is a shared shower/laundry for the interns

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

Farm Address

153 dutch hill rd hamilton mt 59840

What are the dates of your position?

Two intern positions Mid april thru Mid October / One intern position June thru September Manager position is April thru November

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.

Interns have their own space at the farm which consists of the living spaces and a shared Kitchen and bath house with a washing machine.

Currently Hiring

Yes

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

Yes

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