Number of Workers Sought2
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable
Marketing StrategyCommunity Supported Agriculture, Farm Stand, Farmers' Market, Restaurant, Wholesale
Pay Rate$12 an hour part-time and potentially full-time work available.
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. 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. A bike is handy.
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 workerCURRENTLY NOT HIRING ANY APPRENTICE POSITIONS, just part time or full time hourly labor. 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. 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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What are the dates of your position?Looking for part time or full time workers from mid-September 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
Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?Yes
Online Listing URLhttps://lifelineproduce.com/apprenticeship-opportunities/