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.

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It is only the middle of June but plans are already underway for the 2022 pear harvest at the welfare farm.  Because this spring has been so cool we still don’t have an estimate for the start of harvest but it will probably be around the middle of August, give or take a week.  When we know more I’ll let you know.  But I drove through the trees today and they are looking pretty good.  I think this will be a good harvest once it gets underway.

 

In preparation for harvest, training sessions will be held for platform drivers, sign in table, loading dock (truck and forklift drivers), tractor drivers (prior experience driving a tractor required), and green/orange vest volunteers.  Sessions will be held on June 25, July 9, and July 16.  Additional sessions will be scheduled on July 23 and 30 if necessary.

 

This year we are having two types of training for platform drivers.  One day will be for those who have never driven before, and there will be two dates for those who have driven before and just need a refresher.  There will be two training sessions each day, one from 9am to 10:30 and another from 10:30 to noon.  All training will include a class on driver responsibilities and safety followed by hands on driving.  For this reason each session will be limited to five attendees.  If we have more demand than slots available then we will add more training sessions.

 

The training schedule is as follows but please note that not all training sessions are held every date.

Blue Platform – new drivers June 25, July 9, July 16.

Orange Platform – new drivers June 25, July 9, July 16.

Blue Platform – Previously Driven June 25, July 9, July 16.

Orange Platform – Previously Driven June 25, July 9, July 16.

Sign In Table – starts at 10am June 25, 

Green / Orange Vest Attendants June 25, July 16.

Forklift Drivers July 23

Truck Drivers – New June 25

Truck Drivers – Previous Experience  July 16.

Tractor Drivers – must have previous experience driving a tractor July 9, July 16.

Without people filling these positions the harvest simply does not happen.  If you are physically unable to pick pears or drive a platform, then please help at the sign in table or with parking.  Or maybe as a green or orange vest attendant.  And we always need good platform drivers. 

 

Sign up for training will be available using the online signup link on the welfare farm webpage (medfordpearorchard.org) by Monday, June 20. 

 

As we have said other years, the harvest is a success only because people volunteer to help get it done.  We can’t do it without YOU!

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, don’t hesitate to send me an email at magustafsonc1@gmail.com.

 

Thanks to everyone who comes out and volunteers for these important tasks.

 

Bro. Gustafson

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       jmfrodsham@msn.com

Grants Pass      Michael Stubbs       (541 821-8851        michael.c.stubbs@gmail.com

Klamath Falls    Larry Shields          (541) 274-0165       mls5113@yahoo.com

Medford            Mark Gustafson      (701) 361-3278       magustafsonc1@gmail.com

Roseburg          Bryan Lake             (541) 671-2483       bryanglennlake@gmail.com