Farm Address7617 Elevator Road, Stanford, MT 59479
Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Marketing StrategyRestaurant, Wholesale
Pay RateWe have bedroom and bathroom for worker, we would provide the meals. We pay $1000 month (you would have very few expenses).
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
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area4 bedroom house 2 baths fireplace, or we could rent a home near by for you. Freezers are full of beef to sell or eat. WE provide a house to stay in and your meals.
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 1 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 interestsWe are Organic Ranchers we have Organic Grass Fed Yearlings and Organic Crops (purple barley, lentils, buckwheat, winter wheat, Sandpoint 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 liveCanoeing, 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.