Listing Information

Farm Address

37560 Haack Road, Polson, MT 59860

Number of Workers Sought

2

Type of Farm

Fruit/Orchard

Marketing Strategy

Commodity

Currently Hiring

Yes

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

$7/hour. Food provided for work days.

What are the dates of your position?

April - November 2018

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

Shorter periods of employment possible

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

There are several potential options for room and board that I would be happy to help you set up. You will need a vehicle to get to and from work. Meals will be provided (breakfast / lunch) on work days.

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

I studied viticulture and enology in California and worked in the wine industry there for 8 years. I moved to Montana to grow wine grapes and make wine. We have a ten year old vineyard that is fully producing. Although it is not "certified" organic, these plants have never been sprayed with chemicals organic or otherwise and I would like to continue to farm them that way. This involves a lot of hand work in the vineyard, keeping weeds in check and pests at bay. Growing fine wine grapes in Montana is at the extreme of cool climate viticulture and I am continually learning and discovering best practices for growing them in this climate.

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

The farm is located just southeast of the city of Polson, on the south end of Flathead Lake. There are plenty of conveniences close by in Polson as well as lots of outdoor recreation (hiking, kayaking, swimming, etc.). It is an open 26 acres.

Describe your farm operation

1 acre of grapes are tended and harvested by hand.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Applicant will learn day-to-day operations for taking care of vines and help with harvesting. Planting new vines, winter pruning, summer pruning, weeding, tying vines, and harvesting are all performed, depending on the season.

What do you expect of a worker?

In summer/fall, work will mostly be limited to early morning- noon, as it often too hot later in the day to work. It is hard physical labor that requires lots of bending and some lifting - but is very rewarding!
Hours will not exceed 40 hours per week/8 hours per day and may be less depending on the season. You will have at least 2 days off per week, if not more.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

I will be working with you and teaching you best practices for growing wine grapes. There will be educational resources on viticulture made available to you if you are interested.

Describe what other occupation(s) you have

Wine sales

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