Fresh Roots Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
41041 Mountain View Rd
Polson, Montana, 59860

Primary Contact: Karl Sutton
Secondary Contact: Darci Jones

Primary Phone:
    Number: 4068851188


Internship information
General Farm Description: Fresh Roots Farm is a certified Organic family farm that specializes in vegetable and flower seed and berries in Polson, Montana. This farm is located on the Flathead Reservation, home to Kootenai, Pend d'Oreille and Salish people. Fresh Roots Farm is a production seed farm. We cultivate approximately 5 acres of seed crops for various seed houses across the United States. We primarily focus on dry seed (lettuce, carrots, cosmos, bachelor buttons, sunflowers, corn, beets, and brassicas) along with the occasional wet seed crops (squash and tomatoes). In addition to seed, we market strawberries, raspberries and currants through Western Montana Growers Cooperative as well as manufacture popsicles in our on farm commercial kitchen and market those both direct at festivals and through local retailers.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: June/July 2023
Internship Ends: November 2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months

Internship Details:

We are seeking a field crew member who wants to learn and work on an Organic seed farm. The successful applicant will possess the following attributes: self-motivation, attention to detail, ability to receive instructions and deliver on the assigned tasks, willingness to work in hot dry weather as well as cold wet weather, and capable of performing repetitive physical tasks and lifting 40 lbs. The field crew member will work with the Fresh Roots Farm staff on seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting and post harvest handling of a variety of seed crops.

Educational Opportunities: Fresh Roots Farm served on an advisory committee for the development of an online seed internship program with the Organic Seed Alliance. We are founding members of Triple Divide Organic Seeds Cooperative, a Montana based seed company. Karl and Darci have presented on seed production topics both at a local and national level. We are well versed in seed production and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a unique niche business enterprise.

Skills Desired: We are seeking applicants who are excited and energized to work on an Organic seed farm.

Meals: No meals provided.

Stipend: Beginning pay is $13 per hr depending upon experience. This position is 40 hours per week.

Housing: Yes. There is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house on the property for employees. The house is wood heated, comfortable, furnished and has wifi. No smoking allowed. Housing is free in exchange for 1 weekend per month performing minor farm chores (watering starts or irrigation, feeding dogs, cats and horse), which allows us to get away from the farm. The exact expectations and dates will be discussed upon hiring.

Preferred method of Contact: text or email