Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

2

Type of Farm

Hay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable

Marketing Strategy

Community Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

Work is 5 days a week, 8 to 10 hours a day. Compensation is DOE, starting at $300 per 5-day week, includes separate apprentice shelters offering privacy during off hours, includes own kitchen, outdoor hot shower.

Housing

Yes

Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests

Learn 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. 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 30+ beef cattle. Our farm prioritizes soil health and has been recognized as leader in regenerative agriculture. We are a mid-scale 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.

What do you expect of a worker?

Work includes 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).

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

We 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 mid-scale production farming using regenerative agriculture practices. Come join the family of farmers that has hosted 20+ years of apprentices. 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

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

What are the dates of your position?

Looking for two apprentices from mid-April through mid-October. $12 an hour.

Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?

Prefer full season

Currently Hiring

Yes

Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?

Yes

Online Listing URL

https://lifelineproduce.com/apprenticeship-opportunities/