Updated on Mar 14, 2019
Contact informationFarm Address:
72664 Heart View Ln
Arlee , Montana , 59821
Primary Contact: Kaly Hess
Secondary Contact: Brian Wirak
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Harlequin Produce is a certified organic diverse vegetable farm located in Arlee Montana, 25 miles north of Missoula, 2019 will be our 9th year in business. Brian and Kaly have been working with vegetables since 2007. Prior to becoming full-time farmers we studied Agroecology at Montana State University. Over the coarse of the last six years we have grown from a small one-acre farm to 40-acre farm operating with 15 acres in vegetables. Each season we hire a total of 6-10 full employees, we believe the success of our farm in part stems from having employees that feel valued and respected we strive to create a working environment that is both fun and productive. We have been leasing the land we farm in Arlee since 2010. We have three high tunnels, and potentially building a 4th this spring, a heated prophouse, a warehouse and walk-in cooler for packing and storing produce. We also have an assortment of appropriately scaled vegetable specific equipment that reduces our labor and increases our production. This includes a plastic mulch layer, water wheel transplantor, flame weeder, cultivation equipment, tractor pulled seeder, an undercutter for harvesting roots, a 200lb capacity barrel washer, and 6 tractors of various sizes. We grow a large assortment of classic vegetables with our main emphasis in the following crops; spring greens, turnips, carrots, beets, brassicas, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, winter squash, garlic, and melons. Our produce is marketed in three ways; through the Western Montana Growers Cooperative, the Clark Fork Farmers' Market, and direct to customers via our 200-member summer Customizable CSA and Winter Storage Stock-UP. Starting in August, we roast chili peppers at the market. Our farm offers a unique opportunity to learn how to be both a wholesale grower and a vibrant direct market producer. We value efficiency and ecology with an emphasis on production. We strive to grow produce in a manner that incorporates ecological principles while increasing yields. We take each tillage or cultivation pass with consideration of soil health and longevity. We have worked hard to keep prices low and consistent thus increasing the access of local food. Our farm overlooks the Jocko River and is a 10 minute walk to great swimming and fishing holes. We also are situated close to the Rattlesnake Wilderness which offers great hiking.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: April 15th or May 15th
Internship Ends: November 3rd-15th depending on season
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: entire season
We’re hiring 2 full time farm hands starting mid-April to May 1st thru November 3rd.
Educational Opportunities: We both studied Agroecology at Montana State University. We try to incorporate science into the field and our management decisions. We have abundant reading materials on soils, plant health, disease identification, and nutrient management. We would be happy to facilitate readings and conversation on any of the material mention above.
Skills Desired: We are looking for crew members who have a strong desire to learn, work hard, communicate effectively, think ahead, engage with the farm, and potentially make a career from farming one day. Prior experience is not necessary for the Farm Hand Position. Please visit our website for complete information.
Meals: Crew members are responsible for their own meals although we will occasionally share farm dinners. There will be produce available for personal consumption, as well as seconds for preservation.
Stipend: General Farm Hand compensation is $275/week - $400/wk DOE and housing needs. There will also be potential for in-season raises depending on performance.
Housing: The farm has housing for 5 employees, one studio and two units with 2-bedrooms. Plus a break-room with a full kitchen for those that wish to commute from Missoula.
Preferred method of Contact: email, or phone