Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:I work for Western Cider, a farm-to-glass cidery, as the Tasting Room Manager. I also own my own farm & soup business that has been evolving over the past several years. Currently, I am business planning and searching for land for this farm-to-soup venture. I was employed as the Caretaker at the Garden City Harvest PEAS Farm, a nonprofit educational farm, for two years while I completed my graduate school work in Sustainable Food & Farming. I also served as a teaching assistant for PEAS for a full season of University classes at that farm. I've completed commercial variety trials for FedCo Seeds. I've worked on a variety of small-scale vegetable farms throughout the western Montana region as a seasonal employee or a day laborer.
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.Currently, I am the Tasting Room Manager for Western Cider as my full-time employment. In addition, I have been renting about 1/2 acre of land on which I grow mixed vegetables and flowers. In 2016, I sold these items direct at farmer's markets and to friends. In 2017, I completed a season of market-research on soup products direct to markets. Currently, I am selling garlic, flowers, and catering events with soups.
I have 8 seasons of farming experience under my belt in various roles and on various western Montana vegetable farms. I first farmed at Clark Fork Organics in Missoula, then spent three seasons as a teaching assistant and the Garden City Harvest PEAS Caretaker at the PEAS farm in Missoula. In 2015, I incubated my business in Hamilton, MT at an organic farm while traveling from Hamilton up through St. Ignatius to day-labor at several other produce farms in the area. In 2016, I began gardening for myself on about 1/2 acre between two rented sites. My experience is varied among educational and commercial operations from less than 1/2 acre to 15+ acres in production. I have done year-round farm planning and business management through my farm and employment experiences.