Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable
Marketing StrategyFarm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale
Pay RateStarting at $225 per 5-day week. There is farm produce available for personal consumption. We also provide local organic milk and cheese from our partner dairy and creamery. Separate apprentice shelters offer privacy during off hours, includes own kitchen, outdoor hot shower, and washing machine.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsLearn more about our farm at www.lifelineproduce.com
Describe your farm operation
Lifeline Produce was established in 1978. We farm on 80 acres in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, and we have two apprentice positions currently open for the 2019 season. Located 40 miles south of Missoula. We have 10+ acres of Homegrown certified organic vegetables, herbs, a hoop-house, a greenhouse, a bedding plant operation, and maintain approximately 30 hens, 12 ewes and 25+ beef cattle. We are a production farm that serves wholesale accounts, two farmers markets, as well as retailers and restaurants across western Montana. We grow all of the livestock forage and grow no salad mix. We are members of the Montana Sustainable Growers Union and are Homegrown certified. We produce our own biodiesel on-site to power all of our tractors and farm delivery vehicles, and we maintain over 25 KW of solar panels to offset our power needs. We are two miles from the Bitterroot River for fishing and swimming, and we have a pond on the property for hot summer days, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is at our back door. A bike is handy.
What do you expect of a worker?Working apprenticeship: will include field prep, composting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse management, hoop-house work, tractor operation, hay production, early morning harvesting, transplanting, seeding, farmers market, delivery, post harvest handling and storage, and livestock care (Sheep, Cattle, Chickens). Apprentices will work side-by-side with us everyday to learn all aspects of our operation. Work is 5 days a week, 8 to 11 hours a day.
Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a workerWe offer a well-rounded farming experience and are committed to helping the next generation of farmers. We aim to provide you an apprenticeship, not just another summer intern job. No experience is necessary but we're looking for serious applicants that are passionate about production-style farming. Come join the family of farmers that has hosted 20+ years of apprentices. If you're interested in learning more about our farm and what we represent, check out our references or read about it for yourself in "The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America", the critically acclaimed book by American author Mark Sundeen. We encourage applicants to speak with former apprentices, so please don’t hesitate to ask for our references too!
Are you a full-time farmer?Yes
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Farm Address120 Sizer Ln, Victor, MT 59875
What are the dates of your position?Typically April or May through October. Start and end dates are flexible.
Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?Prefer full season
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://lifelineproduce.com/apprenticeship-opportunities/