Desert Labor

Desert Labor is owned by Jody Barker, a CHS 1988 graduate and local farmer. Desert Labor is an agricultural labor contracting business that opened in 2008. Jody works with area farmers and orchard owners to provide the best much needed temporary farm labor and services.

Desert Labor has 5 full time employees and about 100+ seasonal employees. Many of the laborers are local to the area/community but some come with work visa’s. When asked about expanding Desert Labor Jody stated “Yes, as a business I am always looking into ways to expand. We would love to work with more farmers and orchard owner’s and be able to offer more labor and services to the local agricultural community.” His main motivation for starting Desert Labor came from the shortage of seasonal and year-round labor in the area. Opening a business was a way to bring jobs to the area and add relief to the shortage. Jody also stated that he likes to add to the community, “we provide employment opportunities to the community, keeping good paying jobs local, if anyone is interested have them come by and apply.” You must be 18+ years old to apply. Jody enjoys working hand in hand with farmers and being involved in different aspects of the local agriculture. The idea of Desert Labor came when he was weeding his own field by hand with a few labor helpers and then it grew from an idea and expanded into a business from there. He provides the transportation for his groups to go out to fields/orchards.

In addition to Desert Labor, Jody also owns a separate business, Mid Basin Labor. Mid Basin offers services with H2A – which are seasonal laborers that come from Mexico with work visas. Most are here primarily for the harvesting of orchards and corn harvest during June – November. The H2A project provides housing, transportation and employment. There is currently H2A housing being planned in Connell that will be ready to be utilized for next year’s harvest season. With that, Jody looks forward to bringing more people to the area to shop and be a part of the community if only for a few months of the year. Bringing more commerce to Connell will add to the community and help businesses be successful too.

Jody and his wife Cristi live on a farm outside of Connell. Both grew up in Connell and are still very active within the community with the Chamber of Commerce, Community Club, Fall Festival Group and more. Desert Labor has supported both the Firework Show and Fall Festival for our community for several years.

Desert Labor also provides the services of purchasing tabs for auto, boat, RV, trailers, and recreational vehicles. The office is located at 133 N Columbia Ave in the center of Connell and is open from Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can visit their Facebook site “Desert Labor” or the website desertlabor.com for more information or call them at 509-234-9596.

ConnellWA.com

Contact Info

PO BOX 156 Connell, WA

  • Untitled
    CHS Running Start Info Night! 11 months ago, NFSD -- Delivered by Feed43 service
  • Untitled
    Recognizing and celebrating our CHS artists was a great way to spend the evening! 11 months ago, NFSD -- Delivered by Feed43 service
  • Untitled
    I want everyone to think I’m getting fit and taking the Fit Superintendent challenge, but in reality, I heard CHS was having tacos and I just wanted to make sure I was fast enough to get some for lunch!! #FITSupts #NFSDNeighborhood 11 months ago, NFSD -- Delivered by Feed43 service
  • Untitled
    Congrats to Alyssa Radke as she signed her letter of intent to play for Eastern Washington University next year!! Great work Alyssa!! We are proud of you!! Go Eagles!!! 2 months ago, CHSEagles -- Delivered by Feed43 service
  • Untitled
    We have learned there was a presumptive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at Wildhorse resort in Pendleton, OR. An Individual staff member who has recently traveled to Wildhorse has contacted the District for guidance. NFSD officials contacted the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) and BFHD says the risk to the public is minimal and they do not […]
  • Governor's virus proclamations extended indefinitely January 14, 2021
    OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House concurring. Two Senators, both Democrats, were absent. Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, attempted to sunset the emergency on Jan. 27, but Democrats opposed the amendment. […]
  • Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short January 14, 2021
    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not adequately fund additional transportation and special education needs fueled by COVID-19. Of the education spending, the governor proposed $400 million for schools […]
  • Use of police force elicits emotional testimony January 14, 2021
    OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address alleged police violence. If passed, House Bill 1054 would ban the use of tear gas on civilians, shooting at or pursuing a […]
  • Newhouse votes to impeach Trump January 13, 2021
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside joined Democrats in voting for impreachment of the president on grounds of so-called sedition. Newhouse represents Central Washington, including...
  • Didier concerned by governor's newest plan January 13, 2021
    PASCO — Franklin County Commission Chairman Clint Didier is concerned about the governor's attempt to strip health care authority away from local agencies. During the commission meeting Tuesday morning, Didier called on the county to reject Gov. Jay Inslee's new "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Reopening" plan. His call came during a presentation by Zak Kennedy of […]

Copyright 2002-2020 CONNELLWA.COM

All Rights Reserved.