Meet Your Farmers

Over the years we have built a wonderful team of farmers here at Lower Valley Farm.  Mandy, Jay, and Kari are our full time team and work together to divide up management tasks to help the seasonal and daily management on the farm run smoothly.  In addition to our full time team, our part-time crew Katie, Kayty, and Jeanne make a wonderful group of farmers!

Mandy Gerth

Mandy manages the seasonal and daily aspects of the farm including crop planning, harvest, field work, and sales.
Favorite Crop: Arugula
Favorite farm task: It sounds hokey but every darn thing I do at the farm is something I love.
When Mandy’s not farming: I like time with my children, hiking, writing, camping, weightlifting, and cooking...not all necessarily in that order.

Jay Cummings

Jay manages infrastructure, administration, maintenance, tractor work and pack shed management.  
Jay’s favorite crop: Romanesco Cauliflower
Jay’s favorite farm task: My favorite is when something I've fixed works as well or better than new.
When Jay’s not farming: I love time with my family, hunting, swimming, skiing, being outdoors, and have an unapologetic love of science fiction.

Kari Hammer

Before farming, Kari had a successful career as a corporate systems architect.  She brings an incredible positive attitude, creative problem solving, and the capacity to work both individually and as a team leader to the farm.   Kari manages all direct seeding, packing of CSA boxes, trellising, and is a field and pack shed manager.
Kari’s Favorite Crop:Tomatoes!
Kari’s Favorite Farm Task: Harvesting - There's something deeply satisfying about collecting bountiful produce out of the field.
When Kari’s not Farming:  She's playing roller derby!

Katie Louden

Katie manages and oversees the packing of all retail baby greens.  Katie is also on our fabulous sales crew and works at our farmstand and the Kalispell Farmers Market.
Katie's Favorite crop: sunshoots, microgreens, and lettuce

Katie's favorite Farm Task: Bagging lettuce mix with nasturtiums.

When Katie's not farming: Mothering, wife-ing, making All The Things, and admiring the view. 

Kayty Grady

Kayty joined our team in 2017 as a work trade for a CSA share.  Since then she has come on the team as a part time field worker.  Kayty is a work tank and her work ethic, great attitude, and ability to either work in extreme detail with trellis work or heavy work of pulling tarps and sandbags; she is a great addition to our team.
Kayty Favorite Crop: Spinach and Green Onions
Kayty’s Favorite Farm Task: Harvesting and transplanting
When Kayty’s not Farming: Kayty enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains and running her kids from sport to sport.

Jeanne Langan

Jeanne is a potter and we are fortunate to have her join us for seasonal work at the farm.  The packshed is a busy place at the farm and Jeanne is able to juggle many tasks at once, takes initiative, and pays attention to detail all while being a great communicator.  The packshed is the last place we ‘see our produce’ before it leaves the farm and Jeanne does a great job making sure the produce leaves the farm looking great!
Jeanne Favorite Crop: Tomatoes!
Jeanne’s Favorite Farm Task: Washing colorful crops like radishes, beets, and rainbow carrots; so beautiful!
When Jeanne’s not Farming: Jeanne enjoys pottery, embroidery, drawing, and roller derby!

CSA Pickup Locations

Kalispell, east Side, private residence.*
Tuesday 5-7pm
*address not included online for host site's privacy. 
Pickup at Private Residence in Downtown Kalispell

This is such a lovely pick up site for our CSA Community.  Many of the members who pick up at this site live in the neibhborhood nearby and walk or ride their bike to pick up.  It's also close enough to Sweet Peaks ice cream for a quick ice cream after CSA pick up. 

This site has such a lovely community feeling.  It is hosted by a kind and generous CSA family and many of our members hang out on the front porch and get to know other members during pick up. 

Wednesday, Mountain Valley Foods
7 am - 7 pm
CSA Boxes ready for pick up at Mountain Valley Foods

The convenience of a longer pickup window combined with one-stop-shopping at an independently owned organic grocery store make this such a great pick up site. 

Thursday, Lower Valley Farm
5-7 p.m.

Thursday nights are farmstand, farm CSA pick up, and often a lemonade stand from the farm kiddos.

Friday, Crossfit Flathead
6 am - noon

You do not have to be a member of Crossfit Flathead to pick up at this site, but Coach may have you do burpees if you forget to pick up your CSA box.

Saturday, Kalispell Farmer's Market
9 am-12:30
Saturday Mornings are a busy place at our market booth so our oldest son works our CSA table for us at this pickup site.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about which pick up site will be the best fit for you.
Phone/text 406.471.9538

2019 CSA sign-ups begin Jan. 1

This collage shows 20 weeks of seasonal eating.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude for what a great growing season 2018 was! 

We packed 3,000 CSA boxes this year and we appreciate each and every single box that went from our farm to ~your~ table.

Our CSA is the heart of our farm.  We love this 'model' of seasonal eating and we are so thankful for our wonderful crew and our fabulous CSA community for such an incredible season.

Sign-ups for 2019 CSA begin Jan.1

We look forward to making 2019 our best growing season so far.