Pond Hill Brewery/Vineyard

Contact information
Farm Address:
5699 S Lake Shore Drive
Harbor Springs, Michigan, 49740

Primary Contact: Jimmy Spencer
Primary Phone:
    Number: 231-526-3276
    Email: mspencer@pondhill.com

Website: https://www.pondhill.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Pond Hill Farm is an eclectic family farm located in Northern Michigan on 197 acres in the lakeside community of Harbor Springs. Starting as a vegetable farm in 1995, it has grown to become an agricultural tourism destination known for its free-spirited and welcoming vibe that is enjoyed by all generations. Visitors are warmly embraced while connecting with the farm’s bounty within a relaxed and beautiful setting that produces vegetables, berries, grapes, beer, wine, flowers and canned goods, which are shared via the café, tasting room, market and farm-to-table events. As a seasonally driven business, operations fluctuate depending on the time of year, which fosters an innovative, flexible and cross-functional work environment. This unique community ecosystem has created an environment that attracts tens of thousands of customers each year, who come from all around the country to enjoy what our land has to offer.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: May 1, 2023
Internship Ends: November 5, 2023
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
Minimum Length of Stay: Full Internship

Internship Details:

As a trainee, your main focus will be the brewery, vineyard and tasting room, with some winery exposure. You will have the opportunity to explore other areas of the farm as time permits, and at the end of the traineeship you will have the knowledge to be a valued team member in the winery or brewery industry. You will have the opportunity to explore other areas of the farm as time permits.

Areas of Focus:
Brewery – working in the brewery performing all aspects of beer production including; cleaning, racking, kegging and brewing tasks. The ability to follow direction, attention to detail and a love of fermentation are a must.
Vineyard – work outside in the vineyard, performing vine maintenance and care including; pruning and training, canopy management, weed/pest control, trellis maintenance, harvesting and reporting. Self-motivation, physical endurance, attention to detail and working independently or as a team are all very important.
Tasting Room – learn the products and provide customer service, education and share with customers about all you are learning. Introduce wines/beers/hard ciders to new and returning customers, promote the farm and perform sales and service of wine, beer and food.
Fall Fest – serve food and beverages, sell tickets, manage game booths and more…..

Educational Opportunities: You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of aspects of beer brewing, vineyard development, wine making, sales, product knowledge and promotion of a unique agri-tourism business.

Skills Desired: Trainees need to be prepared for a wide range of challenging experiences, and be ready to take on a significant degree of responsibility on a farm that produces a variety of unique value added products and grows more than just vegetables! Farming is physically and mentally demanding, but fun and rewarding too! Trainees must have the following characteristics: Desire to learn Self-motivated Hard working Creative Curious Energetic Attention to detail Can work independently Attention to customer service and comfortable engaging with others Ability to lift 50 pounds Previous farm experience not required but preferred

Meals: Trainees prepare their own meals. Full kitchen is provided and staples are stocked for cooking. This includes pasta, rice, beans, vegetables and wild proteins. There is a 50% employee discount on cafe food and beverage.

Stipend: $12hr. Paid period is bi-weekly. FOH hours include tips. Employee discounts on farm merchandise.

Housing: On property housing with two kitchens & two bathrooms is provided in a rustic shared cabin. Each trainee has their own room. Wi-Fi, washer/ dryer, Garbage, recycling, “Rent” is $125/week and is deducted from each paycheck.

Preferred method of Contact: Please email resume with cover letter.