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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Greetings to all,


First a word about the training that wrapped up today.  We have had 23 people take orange platform driver training and 25 take the training to drive the blue platform with many people training on both platforms.  This should give us a good pool of drivers for the upcoming harvest.




Today John Nielsen tested the pears to determine how close they are to being mature enough to harvest.  After analyzing the results he believes the pears won’t be ready until August 14 – a full 11 days later than we had originally predicted.  We are now using that date as the target for the first day of harvest but we are still considering it as somewhat tentative.  With the irrigation stopping this week we believe there will be enough water in the ground for the pears to ripen but we really don’t know how the trees will react to the water being shut off.  The pears will continue to be tested every few days and we will keep you updated as we learn more.




August 14 is scheduled to be Roseburg Saturday.  Normally we are well into harvest by the time this rolls around but starting harvest on Roseburg Saturday will be a perfect way to start the harvest.  Their help will enable us to get a strong start with ground picking and we should be able to start running the platforms mid-morning that day.   


Once again, thank you to everyone who has come out to take training and to those of you who will come out and help the harvest.  We can’t do it without you.


Bro. Gustafson

Online signup is available at this link:

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


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

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