Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

2

Type of Farm

Hay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Vegetable

Marketing Strategy

Community Supported Agriculture, Restaurant, Wholesale

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

Work is 5 days a week, 8 to 10 hours a day. Compensation is DOE, starting at $400 per 5- day week, includes separate apprentice shelters, kitchen and hot shower. We also have 2 positions open for hourly wages. $15-20 an hour depending on experience. We strive to pay living wages.

Housing

Yes

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

We've been part of Lifeline Produce since 1983 (Luci) and 1981 (Steve). We feel deeply privileged and grateful for the life and the living we've been able to build, for raising our children and grandchildren here, farming. Our adult children seem to be taking turns working here with the seasonal crew and our now 13-year-old twin grandchildren that help also.

Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you live

Lifeline Produce was established in 1978. We farm on 80 acres in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Located 40 miles south of Missoula. 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.

Describe your farm operation

We have 15+ acres of Homegrown and USDA Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, a hoop-house, a greenhouse, a bedding plant operation, and maintain approximately 10 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 put our land in a conservation easement to protect it from development.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

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).

What do you expect of a worker?

The hours vary somewhat depending on the part of the season we are in. Typically, we work Monday through Friday, 9- or 10-hour days peak season with a lunch break. Ideal applicants would have a strong desire to learn, a good attitude, work ethic and a sense of humor.

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. 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

Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area

Separate apprentice shelters offering privacy during off hours, includes own kitchen, outdoor hot shower.

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

What are the dates of your position?

Looking for 2 interns and 2 hourly employees mid-April through mid-October 2024

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

Prefer full season

Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.

We strive to live lightly and sustainably. We are openminded and despite decades of experience we are always looking for ways to improve. We feel a responsibility to train more farmers. We like to laugh on and off the job. We like to work because we love our work.

Currently Hiring

Yes

Online Listing URL

https://lifelineproduce.com