Listing Information

Currently Hiring

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

Number of Workers Sought

1

Type of Farm

Fruit/Orchard

Marketing Strategy

Other

Marketing Strategy (Other)

U-Pick only

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

$10-$12.50/Hour depending on skills and experience. No food or housing benefits offered

What are the dates of your position?

Start 4/01 to 10/01. Somewhat flexible and weather dependent especially in the spring.

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

Prefer full season

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

Rental housing in Missoula is expensive, but because so many University of Montana students live here during the school year, rental housing may be more affordable in the summer

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

NA

Do you have a website, social media account, or job posting anywhere else?

Yes

Online Listing URL

https://www.facebook.com/Green-Bench-Orchard-219204898239236/

Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interests. What sets you apart from other farms?

Retired economist, master gardener, planted 185 semi-dwarf apple trees on 2 acres in 2010. This will be my fifth year as U-Pick orchard in Missoula. About 400 raspberry plants, also U-Pick. USDA Certified Organic.

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

Orchard is on the west side of Missoula, a university town with University of Montana. Numerous recreation opportunities near by.

Describe your farm operation

Irrigated organic orchard, two small tractors, mowers, hand tools, spray equipment. Minimum till practices. Lots of hands on practices for thinning, cultivating and selling apples and raspberries for U-Pick.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Physical labor, includes cultivating, mowing, irrigating, thinning, some planting. Other work as the needs arise.

What do you expect of a worker?

Honesty, willing to learn and share their knowledge, ability to use farm equipment. 30-40 hours per week, some flexibility depending on the needs of the worker.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

Worker should be able to work on their own if necessary after being shown what needs to be done. For example moving the irrigation setting each day would be such a chore.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Do you require a trial period or require a prospective worker to visit your farm before hiring?

Yes

Trial Period Description

Work for 2 weeks to see if we are a good fit.

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation