Dylan Strike, Owner
DYLAN was raised in Pinedale, Wyoming and spent the majority of his childhood exploring the surrounding mountains, with a snowboard on his feet in the winter and a pack on his back in the summer.
After finishing high school and generally causing trouble in Pinedale he moved to Bozeman to gain an education at Montana State University and to continue getting into the mountains, though not necessarily in that order. Although drawn to Bozeman for the mountains, Dylan ended up finding the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems degree program, from which he graduated with a degree in Agroecology.
During his time at MSU Dylan had the chance to become involved with the local food community in Bozeman; first through an internship at Towne’s Harvest Garden, MSU’s student farm, then through the process of creating a local food documentary called Bozeman Eats, and eventually as a Farm Manager at Three Hearts Farm. Heartened by his experiences with all of those involved in the local food system, from producer to consumer, and seeing the apparent need for more local food production Dylan decided to stay in Bozeman and start a farm of his own. When not at the farm you’ll find Dylan making powder turns at Bridger Bowl or trail running and mountain biking the beautiful trails around Bozeman.
Valerie Niederer, Harvest Manager/Crew Leader
VALERIE hails from a small river town in central New Jersey. In 2008, a year after graduating high school, she heard about an opportunity to work as the first apprentice at an organic vegetable farm. She jumped at the opportunity to work outside and learn how to grow food. Little did she know just how hard farming really was. Nonetheless, with the guidance and great sense of humor of her manager, she fell in love with farming. She worked at Gravity Hill Farm in Titusville, New Jersey for four years as a farm hand. From there she was offered a job as Vegetable Production Manager at Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, New Jersey. She worked there for five years.
In the beginning of 2017, she and her partner decided to see what else America had to offer. She hadn’t traveled much in her life and after hearing inspiring stories from her co-workers about road trips they had went on, she decided it was her time. At the end of March 2017, they took the leap and went on an epic adventure across America in her Toyota Corolla, camping in a tent along the way. They traveled 22,000 miles over five months seeking adventure and searching for where they may want to farm next. After arriving back home, she started sending out her resume to prospective farms in the places they wanted to further explore. Montana was one of them. When she isn’t out in the field, you can find her reading a book, snapping photos, planning her next backpacking trip and hiking with her dog.
Allie Garcia, Sales/CSA Manager and Office Ninja
ALLIE was born and raised in Buckingham, PA - a small Philadelphia suburb. She was drawn to nature at a young age, spending lots of time barefoot in the woods where she grew up. In 2012, Allie took a cross country trip with her two best friends to work on a small permaculture farm in southern Oregon, and from then on was completely hooked on farming.
The next year, while working on her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management, Allie started working for a farm in Buckingham bringing on new restaurants and managing current accounts. From there, Allie started working in local farmers’ markets, running her farm’s on site market, and became her farm’s communication and marketing guru. After two years at Blue Moon Acres, Allie’s fiance accepted a job in Belgrade, so they packed up their cats and moved to Montana, where Allie found Strike Farms through some other Blue Moon friends. When not on the farm, Allie can be found doing yoga, hula hooping (sometimes on fire!), or settled into a hammock with a good book.
Josh Goldsmith, Assistant Production Manager
JOSH was raised on a 35 acre sheep farm nestled in the valley of Titusville, New Jersey. As a young boy he worked alongside his parents tending to the sheep, exploring the woods surrounding their farm and playing the bass guitar.
After high school he got a job at a pharmacy, quickly working his way up to assistant manager. He also worked at a sizable liquor store in which he was head of the beer department. But deep down he felt that something was missing. He didn’t find his work fulfilling. So in 2014, when his partner told him there was an opening for an equipment operator at the farm she worked at, he took advantage of the chance for more meaningful work. Soon he found that going back to his farming roots was where he wanted to focus his career. He worked at Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, New Jersey for three years learning tractor and farm equipment operation, the essentials of vegetable production and that if you can’t fix it, you’re not using a big enough hammer. In the spring of 2017 his partner and he decided to leave New Jersey on an exploration to find the next place they would farm together. Montana was at the top of their list. When he isn’t on a tractor, you can find him playing frisbee with his dog, cooking intricate meals with the fruits of his labor and dreaming up his next adventure rig.
Cody Bostwick, Assistant Harvest Manager/Right-hand man to everyone
CODY grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey. In his younger years he spent time blacksmithing, riding horses, and exploring.
In 2014 his aunt mentioned a potential job opening at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in Shelter Island, New York. He was offered an apprenticeship where he learned about soil biology, pest management/identification and different models of farming. After working there for one season he moved back to New Jersey and continued farming at Blue Moon Acres in Pennington, New Jersey, growing row vegetables and baby greens. In late 2017 his former farm manager mentioned that she was thinking of relocating to Montana to farm and it peaked his interest. Strike Farms was happy to hire three farmers from New Jersey, so he made the trek across the country to continue his career. When he isn’t farming, you can find him telling elaborate jokes and listening to records.
Megan Randall, Greenhouse Manager/Crew Leader
MEGAN grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts. As a kid she spent a lot of time outdoors, and still finds that she is her happiest when she's out in the fresh air. Megan went to college in Pennsylvania where she studied Environmental Anthropology and Spanish. After she graduated, Megan moved back to Massachusetts and started working at Red Fire Farm, a sprawling organic farm in the Pioneer Valley. Farming was not what she planned for herself after college, but she thought it would be a fun job for a couple of months. Megan quickly fell in love with the work, and five years later she's still at it! After spending three years at Red Fire, Megan decided she wanted to try living somewhere new, so in 2016 she packed her bags and moved to Montana. Megan spent two years working at Two Bear Farm in Whitefish and recently moved to Bozeman to work at Strike.
Megan loves farming for many reasons. She loves how tangible the work is, and that it's new every day. She loves the magic of seeing a seed turn into a plant that turns into wholesome food. But more than anything, Megan just loves the joy of being outside. If she's not on the farm, Megan is probably hiking, trail running, or making a mess in her kitchen.
Taylor Tuning, Maintenance Manager
Never to be found without pliers on his belt, TAYLOR was born and raised in Seward, Alaska. His family moved to Cascade, Idaho, where he spent 9 years telemark skiing, hunting, skipping school, cutting firewood, fixing vehicles, and working. Taylor was the crew leader for three years at Arbor Landscaping until he decided to try his hand at a fire, water, and mold home resoration company. After becoming crew lead and developing some health problems, he returned to landscaping. Taylor got his GED in 2016. In Cascade in 2008, he met his wife, Kaylee and they were married in the Fall of 2017.
Since Kaylee was a Junior at MSU, Taylor moved to Bozeman to be with her and landed a job at Strike Farms. In his time here, he has worked his way to Maintenance Manager. Taylor does vehicle repairs, snow plowing, general maintenance, and carrot washing on occasion. When Taylor isn't elbow deep in the engine of a farm rig, he's spending time with his family, eating food, baking sourdough bread, working on his pickup truck, reading the bible, and travelling to ski, hike, and camp.
After his wife graduates from MSU, they plan on moving back to Idaho to start their own organic vegetable and grain farm. In preparation for their future, Taylor and Kaylee will spend this summer in Havre working on a 12,000-acre, diversified, orgainic, grain farm and will return to Strike in the fall.