Contact informationFarm Address:
61240 FOOTHILL ROAD
ST IGNATIUS, Montana , 59865
Primary Contact: Julie Pavlock
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Foothill Farm is a diversified, certified organic multi-generational family farm in the Mission Valley of Western Montana focusing on fresh produce for wholesale, flower and vegetable seed, seed garlic and grass-fed beef. There are 70 acres which are made up of hay fields, pasture, 3 hoop houses, a propagation greenhouse and 6 acres of vegetables, as well as chickens, milk cows, work horses and honey bees. We sell a variety of vegetables through wholesale and CSA of the Western Montana Growers Cooperative as well as a large amount of seed garlic. We are looking for two apprentices who would like to spend the majority of their time working in the vegetable gardens, with the chickens, pigs and horses, and occasionally helping to put up hay and working with beef cows in an intensive grazing system. It is a good way to gain experience in a diversified farming system, and to learn more about animal care and growing vegetables. We do some garden cultivation and other farm chores with horses, and there is opportunity to learn about working with the draft horses, if interested. We live in an incredibly beautiful place with a rich cultural history, and our farmland adjoins tribal land that leads to Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness, with abundant recreational opportunities (swimming, hiking, cycling, etc.) within walking distance.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 1-May or 15 June
Internship Ends: 15 Sept or 1 Nov
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 15 May
Minimum Length of Stay: 2-3 months
There are many tasks throughout the growing season, including field prep, composting, irrigation, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing produce, as well as tree planting, orchard work, with the possibility of moving cows and pastures, helping in hay-making, and all manner of jobs associated with small scale farming. We are looking for two apprentices to work with our family and crew. The apprentices are expected to work 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, an average of 8-10 hours a day, and be responsible for irrigation and farm chores one weekend a month.
Educational Opportunities: We are heading into our 15th farming season on this land, so we are able to show firsthand a successful model of small scale organic agriculture to those who are interested – including livestock care and pasture management, haying, irrigation, growing vegetables, and fruits. We also try to make the management side of the farm available for interns to learn as well, including seed selection, crop planning, sales, marketing and business management. We hold an informal class session once a week to focus on specific farm topics. There are many other farms in our area, and established programs for touring farms and learning from other farmers. We hope you ask questions so that we can help further your interest and knowledge of farming.
Skills Desired: We are hoping to find apprentices who are interested in farming on their own in the future, or learning more about a diversified farming system. Must have a strong interest in growing a wide array of produce and livestock care as well. Beyond that, a desire to learn, a strong interest in agriculture, good communication skills, independence, and a cheerful outlook are the most important skills we are looking for. We do not require any previous farming experience, although it is helpful, but apprentices must be able to do hard physical work in all weather conditions, think ahead and pay attention to detail. Must be able to lift 60 lbs repeatedly. Should enjoy being with small children. Mechanical, irrigation and carpentry skills for simple farm maintenance are a definite plus. Neat, clean and organized and able to work independently as well as with others are also very important.
Meals: Apprentices are responsible for their own meals, and housing is equipped with a kitchen and fridge. Apprentices are welcome to vegetables, milk, meat and eggs from the farm when they come available.
Stipend: Stipend of $900/month is provided in addition to housing and utilities, and farm food. Bonus included for staying the entire season.
Housing: There is a bunkhouse provided with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, and individual rooms with bed and bedding and a desk and storage space for each apprentice. In addition, we have an outdoor cob oven for baking, and a grill. Our farm is 3 miles east of the town of St Ignatius, which is a small town with 2 grocery stores, a post office, hardware store, etc. We are remote, but not completely isolated as we are a very active farm 45 minutes north of Missoula. With children, events, animals, visitors, CSA members, and other farms nearby, energy abounds.
Preferred method of Contact: Email or phone