Harlequin Produce

Contact information
Farm Address:
72664 Heart View Ln
Arlee, Montana, 59821

Primary Contact: Kaly Hess
Secondary Contact: Brian Wirak


Primary Phone:
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Cell
    Number: 406-459-7217
    Email: harlequin.produce@gmail.com

Secondary Phone
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    Number: 406-465-2406
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Website: http://www.harlequinorganicproduce.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Harlequin Produce is a certified organic diverse vegetable farm located in Arlee Montana, 25 miles north of Missoula, 2021 will be our 11th 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 eleven years we have grown from a small one-acre farm to 40-acre farm operating with 16 acres in vegetables. Each season we hire a total of 6-10 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 three high tunnels, and will be building a fourth 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, Scott Viner root harvester, 28’ harvest conveyor, cultivation equipment, tractor pulled seeder, undercutter, potato digger, and a 200lb capacity barrel washer. 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, and melons. Our produce is marketed in two main avenues; through the Western Montana Growers Cooperative, and direct to customers via our 450-member summer Customizable CSA and Winter Storage Stock-UP. At this point our participation in the Clark Fork Farmers’ Market is TBD. 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.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/20 or 5/1
Internship Ends: 10/30
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: January 10th
Minimum Length of Stay: full season

Internship Details:

2 Full time Crew Members
1 Full time CSA Driver plus Farm Hand
Farming is extremely rewarding, allowing us to see the direct effects of the fruits of our labor. Farming is both an exercised in mental as well as physical strength, work can be long, tedious and monotonous.
We are looking for applicants who have a strong desire to learn, work hard, communicate effectively, think ahead, enjoy working in a fast paced environment, and potentially have an interest in a farming career.
We often work side by side with our crew allowing time for questions and conversations about agriculture. Employees are also expected to be able to work efficiently by themselves without our constant guidance.


Educational Opportunities: The farm is your oyster.

Skills Desired: Please visit our website for complete job descriptions. www.harlequinorganicproduce.com Farming is extremely rewarding, allowing us to see the direct effects of the fruits of our labor. Farming is both an exercised in mental as well as physical strength, work can be long, tedious and monotonous. We are looking for applicants who have a strong desire to learn, work hard, communicate effectively, think ahead, enjoy working in a fast paced environment, and potentially have an interest in a farming career. We often work side by side with our crew allowing time for questions and conversations about agriculture. Employees are also expected to be able to work efficiently by themselves without our constant guidance.

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 starting is $350-$450 per week DOE and housing needs Plus option for in-season raises depending on performance and potential for an end of season bonus. There is produce available for personal consumption as well as seconds for preserving.

Housing: We have housing for 2-4 people.

Preferred method of Contact: phone or email