The Medford Welfare Farm of
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints
We have designed this site to help provide information for members and others who would like to serve at the Welfare farm. The buttons to the left will direct you to information about upcoming projects, stake and ward assignments, training, and the harvest.
There are several items for you to know as we approach harvest.
The pear crop is estimated to only be 1500 bins this year which means all of the pears will be going to the church cannery and there will be few, if any for sale. If volunteers would like pears they should come to the welfare farm during harvest and glean the ones that fall on the ground because there may not be any boxed Bartletts for sale after harvest. There will still be Comice, Paragons, and Asians available. There will not be any Bosc and Red Anjous.
All the peach trees have been removed.
Harvest is tentatively planned to start on August 3 but that could change by as much as a week earlier or later, depending upon the weather and how the pears mature. We will update the webpage as more accurate information is available.
Training will take place on July 10, 17, and 24 at the welfare farm. The training schedule is still being developed but not all training will take place all three Saturdays. The areas where training will take place are:
- Blue Platform Driver
- Orange Platform Driver
- Sign In Table
- Forklift Driver
- Tractor Driver
- Green vest harvest attendant
- Orange vest lane coordinator
- Ward farm coordinator
Training for platform, forklift, and tractor driver is mandatory for those who want to operate those pieces of equipment.
The online signup for training should be available by the first of July.
Dan Roberts, the farm manager has made ladder safety mandatory for those who will be using a ladder this year. There is a 3 ½ minute training video link on the welfare farm website with instruction on how to setup and safely use a ladder. On the home page click on the Orchard Training button, then click on the Ladder Safety link.
If you have any questions or need more information please contact Bro. Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need further information please contact the High Council representative for your stake assigned to the Welfare Farm Committee.
The Stake Welfare Farm Coordinators are as follows:
Stake Name Phone Email
Central Point Joe Frodsham (541) 821-3686
Grants Pass Michael Stubbs (541) 821-8851
Klamath Falls Larry Shields (541) 274-0165
Medford Mark Gustafson (701) 361-3278
Roseburg Bryan Lake (541) 671-2483