We have a fabulous crew for 2017! We are no longer hiring for this season.
General Description: Two Bear Farm sits on 65 acres along the Stillwater River just west of Whitefish. We have 13 acres of cultivated ground with approximately 10 acres in vegetable production at any given time. We are a production farm that serves 200 CSA members, 2 farmers markets, and a handful of wholesale accounts. Farm infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art propagation greenhouse and packing building, as well as 4 high tunnels and an equipment/shop building. We are surrounded by state and forest service land, have a river in the back yard, and Glacier National Park is only 40 minutes away.
Internship Starts: April 1st
Internship Ends: Mid-October
Number of Interns: 4 total ( As of 2/1/17 we have two positions available )
App Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: Entire Season ( There is an option for 1 apprentice to leave in the middle of September).
Meals: All housing has shared kitchen space to allow for the preparation of all meals. Apprentices are welcome to use farm vegetables as they become available. While we will do some shared lunches and dinners throughout the season, you will be responsible for preparing the vast majority of your own meals on a daily basis.
Skills Desired: This position is a long duration, intensive apprenticeship that is best suited to those that are passionate about production-style farming, or seriously considering becoming farmers in the near future. While no farming experience is required, applicants must show previous experience and desire to do hard physical work (trail crew, landscaping, athletics, etc.). We have high expectations of ourselves, our farm, and our products, and this tranfers down to our apprentices. We will do our best to give you a complete education, but you must be committed to giving it your best effort and focus. A strong desire to learn will maximize your enjoyment of this internsip, and we expect you to be a good representative of the farm, which includes a clean appearance and professional attitude.
Educational Opportunities: The internship will cover all aspects of small-scale vegetable growing in cold climates. In addition to the hands-on topics mentioned above, we will do monthly presentations to discuss farm finance and accounting, farm planning, seed purchasing, and other relevant topics. In addition to the presentations, apprentices will work side by side with the farmers every day, so there will be ample time for discussion and asking questions. as well as some assigned reading to help with discussion. We are entering our 10th season as a farm, so we have a unique perspective of showing you what it’s like to start a farm from scratch, the growing pains involved, while also being successful and well-established enough to now be the largest farm in the community. We try to emphasize working smarter rather than harder, so we use various mechanical cultivation tools (cub tractors, basket weeders, flame weeders) to try to improve effiency. That said, some tasks (picking peas and green beans) are notoriously tedious and unavoidable. Early season is a quieter time focused on planting and farm preparation, when weather and wet soil mess with the schedule. This is followed by the peak 21 week CSA season, when you can expect to work at least 50 hours a week, with two days off on most weeks. This apprenticeship is very much a marathon, not a sprint, so applicants must be committed to completing the field season and remaining focused on the work at hand over the duration of the apprenticeship. We live in a beautiful area, and encourage those who enjoy hiking/biking/fishing/paddling to get out and enjoy the landscape on their days off. We believe the best candidates for our farm are those that are seriously considering starting a farm in the near future, rather than those seeking to “test the waters” or have a fun, laid back experience for the summer.
Stipend: Stipend includes nice housing, in-depth education, vegetables, and pay starting at $600/mo per person, with the ability to earn $800/mo. based on performance and proficiency.
Housing: You may have to work hard here, but you’ll get some of the nicest farm housing around. We have multiple new cabins available on the property, including some very nice ones that were part of a guest ranch next door. These cabins are fully contained with kitchen facilities.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: We are looking for hardworking individuals with a good work ethic, a passion for growing food, and a desire to learn all phases of intensive production of vegetables (i.e. this is more of a production farm than a homestead or garden). This includes greenhouse management, high tunnel production, tillage, planting, irrigation, weed management, harvest, post-harvest processing, sales and distribution, as well as cover crop strategies and season extension techniques. Interns will work side-by-side with farmers every day to learn all aspects of operating a farm. We grow/sell a lot of food with a limited number of people, so while the work will hopefully be rewarding and enjoyable, it will not be easy. The best applicants are self -motivated, hard working individuals with a passion to learn and a mature/professional attitude. It is preferable that Applicants have some exposure to farming and understand the demanding nature of this type of work with the desire to become farmers as an occupation.
If you are interested in applying please send your resumes with references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will not be hosting our volunteer days on Friday this year. Although super fun, hosting volunteers can be tough to coordinate with our hectic summer schedule and minimal staffing at the farm. We will keep you posted about volunteer opportunities on Facebook as they arrive. Thanks so much for your interest!!!
Given our heavy workload and limited personnel, we can not accept visitors or volunteers at random or unannounced times. Farming is production work, and random visits are a huge distraction for us that often force us to work extra hours to make up for the lost production time. If you want to visit the farm, please come see us at the times mentioned above so that we can give you the attention you deserve. If you show up randomly on other days, you will be politely turned away. We look forward to visiting with you!