Wisconsin Apple 
Growers Association


Buy/Sell/Hire

Wanted Used Donut Machine - Listed 5/8/17

We are looking for a used donut machine. A Belshaw Mark II or a Belshaw DR 42. (or something comparable) We would prefer gas but would be interested in electric. Any equipment that would come with it we would be interested in as well (mixer, tables, screens).
 
Michael Dittmar 
Dittmar Farms and Orchards
Cell 815-218-0597
Phil Brown mounted Shaver post driver system for sale - Listed 5/4/17

Sunrise Orchards has a Phil Brown mounted Shaver post driver system for sale. Also for sale is a fork mounted wire pulling system and two wire unwinders—everything you need (except dry weather) to build trellis this spring. Asking $5,100.00 for the entire system. Please email sunrise@mwt.net with questions. Thanks!
 
 
Allen M. Teach
President Sunrise Orchards, Inc.
48340 Hwy 171
Gays Mills, WI 54631
Phone: 608-735-4666 ext 1
Cell: 608-778-0878
Fax: 608-735-4640
Hiring Maintenance Position - Listed 4/17/17

Position would be starting as soon as possible; full time, year-round.
Starting wage: $10/hour

Applicant must be comfortable working with general shop tools, lawn mowers, landscaping tools, sprayers, and ladders.
Applicant needs the ability to drive, or willingness to learn, tractors, golf carts, 4-wheelers, pick-up trucks, and skid steer.
Applicant must be comfortable running a crew picking apples. This includes lifting and carrying 30+ pounds and directing the crew in the orchard.
        **You will be outside in all weather conditions.**

During the off season responsibilities include general ground and building maintenance, and orchard and field work.
    *Must be comfortable using pesticides and herbicides.
During the season responsibilities include apple and pumpkin picking along with ground and building maintenance.
    *Must have open availability on weekends August-November.

Applicants can download an application from www.mytlf.com and either email, thelittlefarmer@rocketmail.com, or mail, N9438 Hwy 151 Malone, WI 53049, it to us.
If they wish to phone us directly, Monday-Thursday 8a-3p 920-921-4784 The Little Farmer

Long Term, Wholesale Apple Opportunity - Listed 1/25/17

Interested in transitioning an orchard block into organic production?
We would like to buy the apples during the 3 year transition process!

Who We Are
We, Oren Jakobson & Polly Dalton, own Field Notes Farm - a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm outside Stevens Point, WI & Upstream Cider. We have begun to plant 5 acres in cider varieties for future cider production, but recognize our need to supplement apple production for this coming season and in the future.

Upstream Cider is seeking to developing long term relationships and contracts for future cider production for 2017 season and beyond.

We are looking to buy organic or transitional apples for cider production.
Open to most varieties
Orchard Run or Unsorted
Willing to sign multi-year contract

For more information, contact Oren - oren@fieldnotesfarm.com/920-268-8489 or
                Polly - polly@fieldnotesfarm.com/262-224-6027

Orchard Workers Needed – Full-time and Part-time - Listed 1/25/17

The Cider Farm
Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi ۰ 7258 Kelly Rd., Mineral Point, WI 53565
608-219-4279; deirdre@TheCiderFarm.com 

About The Cider Farm
• We are an expanding, organically managed apple orchard growing specialty apples to make The Cider Farm apple brandy and ciders. Both products are made under contract off-farm.   
• We have been grafting and purchasing trees. About 5000 trees are in the orchard and 2000 are in the tree nursery. We will expand to at least 20,000 trees within five years.
• We are reclaiming over 60 ac of timberland from invasive species.
• We are establishing 35-acres of prairie, windbreaks, and pollinator habitat adjacent to orchard blocks.
• Our farm hosts research and educational initiatives. 

Qualifications
• Ability to appropriately balance speed and quality of work. 
• Strong verbal communication skills and ability to follow directions, particularly regarding your safety.
• The work is physical and outdoors. You must be able to frequently lift 30 to 50 lbs.; to bend and squat for work at the tree base; to run weedwackers with brush-cutting blades; to carry and use a tree ladder.
• Experience in horticultural production is desired, while previous orchard work is a plus. Mechanical skills are highly desired. Experience managing others is a plus. Opportunity to move into orchard management.

Duties
The work is diverse and changes from week to week, if not day to day. Work includes, but is not limited to: 
• Graft apple and pear trees.
• Move or erect deer fencing. 
• Dig out and plant trees.
• Water and stake or trellis trees. Attach trees to stakes or trellising. 
• Prune trees. Apply limb spreaders and other tree training devices.
• Apply or remove tree guards.
• Weeding - Hand weed and operate a weedwacker cautiously around trees or electric fencing.
• Assist with prairie burns. Sow cover crop or prairie seed.
• Apply hay mulch or horse manure.
• Monitor for disease and insect pests.  
• Spray trees with NOP-approved materials with a backpack sprayer. 
• Harvest apples.
• Help with, if not manage, apple pressings keeping track of varieties and amounts pressed. 
• Spray garlic mustard in early spring or late fall with herbicide. Hand-pull garlic mustard at other times. 
• Clean small and large equipment.

Dates and Times of Work
• February through November, weather permitting. Part-time and full-time workers needed. The most demanding and critical months are April, May, September and October. 

Compensation
• Starting wage depends on experience and qualifications and ranges from $8 to $15 per hour. 
• Hourly wage can be adjusted pending work performance and length of service.

To Apply
• Send a cover letter, resume, as well as three employer references by email to deirdre@theciderfarm.com

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