Contact informationFarm Address:
76 Bell Lane
Hamilton , Montana , 55088
Primary Contact: Mary Bricker
Secondary Contact: Noah Jackson
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: SweetRoot Farm is a small organic farm run by partners Mary Bricker and Noah Jackson in the center of Montana's Bitterroot Valley. We raise vegetables, herbs, flowers, and laying hens on 10 acres just outside of the town of Hamilton. We are entering our fifth season of full-time farming, and in 2019 we will have 2.5-3 acres in production including 7,200 square feet of space in unheated high-tunnels. We sell our produce through a local farmers' market, a self-serve farmstore, a membership program of approximately 60 households, as well as through a grower's co-operative and 3 local restaurant accounts. Part of our motivation as farmers is to be an integrated part of our community, giving people a place to connect to and a better understanding of the process behind their food. We are very open about our practices, our farm development, and our challenges, and encourage farm members and customers to tour the farm throughout the season, and we host seasonal farm events to bring people together around some good food. We grow about 40-50 crops for direct sales (market, farmstore, and farm members), and larger amounts of a sub-set of crops for our wholesale accounts. Those wholesale crops include baby greens mixes (salad, arugula, baby kale, spinach), head lettuce, radishes, onions, and cucumbers. Our production is about 70% for direct-sales and 30% wholesale. From the farm, the town of Hamilton is a flat bike ride of less than 2 miles; the larger university-town of Missoula is about a one-hour drive. There are multiple trailheads for accessing the Bitterroot National forest and other public lands within a 5-10 miles drive, and a good swimming hole on the Bitterroot River about a half-mile from the farm.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1/2019
Internship Ends: 10/31/2019
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 2/28/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months
We are looking for two energetic, motivated interns to join our farm team for the season. Working alongside us, you'll experience most aspects of running a small farm including seeding and propagation, transplanting, cultivation, weeding, harvest, post-harvest handling, and produce deliveries. Interns seriously considering entering a farming career and may have the opportunity to learn some of the other aspects of farm-business management by helping with administrative tasks such as managing orders/ communicating with chefs, staffing our market booth, and record-keeping.
Interns will work 5 days per week, with two full days off in a row each week (schedule may shift week to week). On the days interns are working, they can expect to get a realistic experience of farming, which generally means that the length of the workday is set by the number of tasks to accomplish and how well the processes go, rather than a set number of working hours. The length of the workday varies through the week and through the season; we are constantly trying to improve our workflow and systems to make a better quality of life for everyone on the farm, but you will certainly experience some long, exhausting days as well as some more relaxed days.
Educational Opportunities: We are still learning and constantly trying to improve our farm, so you'll be learning alongside us on a day to day basis as you participate in all aspects of the farm. We have a number of farming books and an archive of "Growing for Market" magazines you were welcome to check out. We also encourage interns to participate in the monthly "Farm Field Day" workshops hosted by a local non-profit (Community Food and Agriculture Coalition in Missoula) which will give you a chance to tour other farms in the area and gain exposure to some crops and practices beyond what we do here at SweetRoot. As members of Homegrown Montana and the Western Montana Grower's Co-op, we have close ties with many farms in the region and could help facilitate visits to other farms for motivated individuals.
Skills Desired: We are looking for individuals who are hard-working, ready to learn, able to function well both on a team or working solo, and with good communication skills. Previous experience farming is not required, but is a plus. Applicants must have some experience doing physical work outdoors and be prepared for the challenges of working in all weather and conditions. You do not need to be working towards a career in farming, but we think the individuals who will be happiest in this position will be passionate about some aspect of sustainable food systems, and interested in learning more.
Meals: About once a week we will share a meal as a group (also a time for checking in as a team, setting goals and priorities, and sharing learning or questions). Otherwise, individuals are responsible for their own meals. Plenty of vegetables from the farm are available for intern use, and some basic organic cooking staples such as rice, quinoa, lentils beans, etc., will be provided at the start of the season. Farm-grown eggs will sometimes be available for intern use depending on supply, and we promise to share all home-baked treats dropped off by farm members.
Stipend: In addition to housing and food, interns will receive a stipend of $200 per week. There is a $500 bonus for completing the full season.
Housing: Basic on-farm housing will be provided; each intern will have a very small but private cabin with electricity, mini-fridge, and a propane cook-top. Interns will have access to a heated shower, a wood-fired sauna, and clothes-washing machine in a shared bathhouse.
Preferred method of Contact: email