Listing Information

Farm Address

7617 Elevator Road, Stanford, MT 59479

Number of Workers Sought

1

Type of Farm

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

Marketing Strategy

Restaurant, Wholesale, Other

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

We have bedroom and bathroom for worker, we would provide the meals. We pay $1000 month (you would have very few expenses). We would pay more if you are good worker and do not bust equipment up.

What are the dates of your position?

February - October/November

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

Shorter periods of employment possible, Prefer full season

Housing

Yes

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

4 bedroom house 2 baths fireplace, Freezers are full of beef to sell or eat. WE provide a house to stay in and your meals. Your own bathroom and bedroom, Gayle is a good cook. you would eat with her and Jess

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

We usually go to Church on Sunday. We put in long hours (12 hours a day sometimes). Then it rains and we do books or whatever needs done. Calving season we check the cows real regular. If it is -20 below zero we need to get a few cows in barn. Seeding starts about half way through calving. We need to roll the hay ground in March. Then plowing in preparation for seeding. Cows go to summer pasture 10 June. Some time in there for recreation. Haying starts about 24th of June. Then we start harvesting end of July. Some breaks during harvest waiting for crops to ripen. 26 October we need to gather cows and calves and bring home. We usually take interns with us wherever we go if they want to go.

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

We are Organic Ranchers we have Organic Grass Fed Yearlings and Organic Crops (purple barley, lentils, buckwheat, winter wheat, Sainfoin hay, alfalfa, kamut, and cover crops). I bought the place from Dad in 1981. Gayle and I need help keeping it running. I would like to graze more in the winter and not feed so much hay. The deer keep eating my pasture, (60 head at a time) I am working towards debt free operation. I usually teach interns to weld if they want. We run older equipment so we have some mechanic work to do. One radiator needs taken to town leaking oil into the water. The drills need some work a day or two, one of the double discs needs replaced.

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

Canoeing, hiking, riding for the neighbors and our outfit. The Rodeo is the third Saturday of July.
WE are 8 miles from Stanford. 60 miles from Fort Benton, Great falls is 75 miles away. Lots to do in those towns. Missouri river good canoeing, fishing is good here. Snow Skiing is Showdown in Winter. Basicly Prairie some of our land drops if into Surprise Creek Breaks (steep coulees) lots of deer and antelope. Elk got into the hay in field last summer. We had to haul it home early.

Describe your farm operation

The land was certified Organic in 2000. The cattle were certified Organic in 2007 this year I will have Kamut wheat 200 acres, barley 190/A, Alfalfa 28 for grazing, lentils 80 acres. Peas 73 acres some for grazing some for seed. 88 acres plowdown Lentils. Over 200 acres of Sainfoin grass mix for hay and grazing. Easy going outfit. Rodeo is July 19. Lots of recreational opportunities. The yearlings will be Organic Grass-FAT.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Rebuild shop. Plowing, seeding, truck driving, combine, baling swathing, fencing, branding, moving cattle to summer pasture and back, calving starts about the 1st of March. Stacking hay with tractor. Feeding hay with tractor, cleaning corral with tractor.

What do you expect of a worker?

A can do attitude, safety concerned, not afraid to get hands dirty. usually 6 days a week, weekends off pretty regular. some of it is hard labor, some easy like driving tractor. Cows are our priority they need hay or grass every day and always water. We will be putting up2 miles of electric fence, very easy. Just takes some time.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

Wind turbine, weed and plant identification, driving and maintenance of equipment, mechanical opportunities, bookkeeping if desired. cooking experience if desired. We also have 200 acres of Sainfoin for grazing and Hay. We can teach you to weld, and do mechanic work. WE have a ring gear on the fly wheel of one tractor to replace. WE will usually be working together, except driving tractor only room for one. We have 5 tractors.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

Currently Hiring

No, not at this time. Please check back next season!

Marketing Strategy (Other)

We sell Yearlings through MOPC (Montana Organic Production Co-op)

Location