*** WE HAVE A FULL TEAM FOR THE 2023 SEASON! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST AND PLEASE BE IN TOUCH FOR SPECIAL WORK DAYS, FILL IN OPPORTUNITIES, OR VISITING ***
See information below for future seasons… subject to change
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If you’d like to volunteer, please be in touch!
We welcome volunteers in exchange for vegetables and/or flowers, almost any time of year. Please call or send us an email if you’d like to get your hands dirty
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GENERAL: We hire individuals for 2-4 days a week. Field days and harvest days, 7-4pm or 8-5pm (depending on weather) Monday through Thursday, May to October. No experience necessary, but experience preferred, housing not available. $12/hr, with increase available based on experience and performance. Please apply through Farm Link below or send me an email with questions firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLY VIA the Montana Farm Link website https://www.farmlinkmontana.org/work-program/work-application/
Feel free to also send an email to introduce yourself tp countyrailfarm@gmail
START: June 1, 2022
END: September 30, 2022
County Rail Farm is a small diverse Organic farm located in Western Montana, just west of Missoula. County Rail is run by Tracy Potter-Fins and Bethany Stanbery. Tracy mostly runs the vegetable side of things and Bethany mostly runs the flower side of things. County Rail grows 3ish acres of organic vegetables and flowers using a BCS walk behind tractor and a four wheel cultivating tractor. Some of our main crops include salad greens, arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic, peonies, roses, and tulips. 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, both for growing produce and also for welcoming the community to the farm throughout the season, during our Spring Planting Party, Four-Course Farm Dinner, and Fall Harvest Party. We grow for the Saturday Clark Fork Farmers Market in Missoula and sell wholesale through the Western Montana Growers Coop. We are an easy 20min drive from Missoula proper, close to hiking and fishing spots, and a short walk or drive from swimming spots along the Clark Fork River.
Harvesters: Responsibilities include harvesting, cooling, cleaning, and packing produce. When there is time, harvesters participate in other aspects of the farm operation such as planting, trellising, and weeding.
We seek to provide a work experience that is demanding without being grueling. You will be working with Tracy and Bethany, other employees, each other, and sometimes 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. We believe in hard work, having time to play, and taking care of ourselves and each other.
As our employees, you gain first hand experience and detailed knowledge about how a small scale operation like ours functions. You will be privy to many conversations about how we do what we do. We are generally 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 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).
We take a full hour (unpaid) to eat lunch together every work day. Tracy and Bethany will be cooking for crew one day a week this year.
Thanks for reading and considering work with us – be in touch if you have questions, and head over to the CFAC Farm Link website to apply!