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, 2020 will be our 10th 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 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 three ways; through the Western Montana Growers Cooperative, the Clark Fork Farmers’ Market, and direct to customers via our 250-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.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1 or 5/1
Internship Ends: 10/30
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
2 Full time Crew Members
2 Part-time Crew Member
1 Full time Farmers’ Market Manager
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 Full Time Crew Member 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. Farmers' Market Manager This position is ideal for someone who has previous farming and farmers’ market experience, has worked in a produce department and or is familiar with setting up produce displays, comfortable driving a larger vehicle, enjoys working in a fast paced environment, is detailed oriented and organized, and enjoys all the other components of farming.
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 $325-$400 per week DOE and housing needs. Farmers' Market Manager is $400-450 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 people.
Preferred method of Contact: phone or email