Contact informationFarm Address:
171 Beech Hill Rd.
Mount Desert, Maine, 04660
Primary Contact: Anna Davis
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: College of the Atlantic’s Beech Hill Farm produces certified organic vegetables for COA and the local community, while using methods that maintain the integrity and health of the land, and work toward environmental and economic sustainability. We have six acres in production and six greenhouses. In addition to providing locally and sustainably raised produce and meat to COA, Beech Hill Farm operates a busy seasonal farm store, offers a CSA program, sells to local markets and restaurants and distributes food through our student run food access program. We are located on Mount Desert Island, home to beautiful Acadia National Park. Beech Hill Farm provides educational opportunities to COA students and community members through our work-study program, summer work program, independent projects, class visits, events, and workshops.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 5/1
Internship Ends: 10/15
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 5/1
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months
Full season crew leaders are responsible for leading student employees and summer field crew in all aspects of production including seeding, transplanting, cultivating, harvest, wash/pack, sales and distribution. Depending on experience, the full season crew members have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities in various aspects of the farm including greenhouse propagation, post harvest handling and tractor work.
Educational Opportunities: Depending on experience, the full season crew members have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities in various aspects of the farm including greenhouse propagation, post harvest handling and tractor work.
Skills Desired: Qualifications: Willingness to work collaboratively and productively with a wide and diverse group of people. Ability to lift 50 lbs. Ability to work in all kinds of weather. Ability to perform repetitive tasks for long periods of time. Ability to work efficiently in a fast paced environment. At least one season working on a commercial vegetable production farm. Job Responsibilities: Lead summer crew members and student employees in all aspects of production, while setting pace and providing support, feedback and training to the production team. Participate in all aspects of seedling production including preparing soil trays, seeding, watering and transplant care. Assist with greenhouse production including bed preparation, cultivation, planting, harvesting and maintenance. Assist with field production including bed preparation, transplanting, cultivation, row cover application, mulching, trellising, pruning, tarping and harvest. Assist with washing and packing produce for distribution. Maintain a high standard of cleanliness, aesthetic appearance and food safety protocols. Assist with general farm cleaning and maintenance. Tasks may range from cleaning the crew kitchen and bathroom to rebuilding greenhouses. In addition, full season crew may be asked to: Deliver produce throughout Mount Desert Island. Pack and distribute CSA shares. Operate tractors and other farm equipment.
Stipend: $16/hr and 40% off in our farm store. Vacation and time off:Full season crew members are permitted 7 days unpaid time off. Requests for time off must be approved by farm managers and may not overlap with the other three full season crew members.
Housing: Yes, in one of our on farm seasonal cabins
Preferred method of Contact: e-mail