Fresh Roots Farm
Fresh Roots Farm is a certified organic mixed vegetable, strawberry and vegetable seed farm. We specialize in cool and warm season annual and biennial seed crops. We are entering our 7th season at our present farm.
Polson Montana United States
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About the Farm:
Fresh Roots Farm is a certified organic vegetable, small fruit and seed farm located seven miles south of Polson, MT at the base of the Mission Mountains. We are entering our 7th season at our present location. We specialize in cool and warm season annual and biennial seed crops, strawberries and a variety of vegetables. We market our vegetables and strawberries directly at the Polson farmers market as well as through Western Montana Growers Cooperative's wholesale and CSA. Additionally, in 2017 we started a value added popsicle enterprise, Flare Pops. In 2018 we will have an on-farm commercial kitchen to produce our popsicles from our fruits, vegetables and herbs that are marketed at three farmers markets and multiple festivals.
While vegetables and strawberries are significant contributors to our business financial picture, we are extremely passionate about our organic seed enterprise. We believe organic seed production brings a unique niche enterprise and biological diversity to our farm. We primarily grow seed for contracts but also are founding members of a regional seed business, Triple Divide Organic Seeds Cooperative, which currently direct markets packet seeds at several retail outlets and online. In 2017 we cultivated approximately 5 acres with 1.25 acres dedicated to seed. Seed contracts constitute approximately 1/3rd of our farm gross sales. Seed production brings an entirely different rhythm to our farm, and creates unique challenges, especially later in the season during harvest and cleaning.
Seed Crops Grown :Carrots, Onions, Celeriac, Beets, Kale, Lettuce, radish, mustard, beans, corn, Winter squash, tomato, cucumber
Other Crops :Vegetables, Berries, Value Added Product
Other Farm Activities :Farmers market, Value-added products
About the Internship
General Expectations and work flow :
Interns will work side-by-side with us starting plants, transplanting, weeding, setting up and record keeping of field trials, harvesting vegetables, processing a value added product, selling at farmers markets, managing irrigation and harvesting, threshing and winnowing seeds and preparing biennial seed crops (carrots and beets) for long term storage.
Please note that farming is not a clock in and out business. There will be times when we need to get a harvest or other project completed before ending the day. This may require longer than an 8 hour work day or longer than a 40 hour work week. We will stagger work periods Sunday through Thursday and Monday through Friday. Mondays and Thursdays are harvest days for wholesale and Fridays are market days. We will discuss exact scheduling on the phone.
On-farm training :
We believe strongly in hands on learning. Interns will work side-by-side with us starting plants, transplanting, weeding, setting up and record keeping of field trials, harvesting vegetables, processing a value added product, selling at farmers markets, managing irrigation and harvesting, threshing and winnowing seeds and preparing biennial seed crops (carrots and beets) for long term storage. In years past, interns have participated in farm field days coordinated by regional organizations.
Compensation, Accommodations and amenities provided :
Housing: We have a second 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house on the property that is comfortable, spacious and modestly furnished. Individuals must be comfortable with communal living. No smoking allowed.
Stipend: Interns are paid $200 per week. Compensation is legal and the above amounts reflect gross pay before taxes. Additional marketing opportunities at festivals and other weekend events may arise with Flare Pops that are separate wages from the farm internship. Furthermore, interns that complete the entire season are eligible for a bonus, which is contingent upon the farm’s financial performance