Contact informationFarm Address:
5699 S Lake Shore Drive
Harbor Springs, Michigan , 49740
Primary Contact: Jimmy Spencer
Internship informationGeneral 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, meat, 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-eco system has created an environment that attracts tens of thousands of customers each year who come from all around the country to enjoy the experience.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May 4, 2020
Internship Ends: October 31, 2020
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
Farm Trainee Description
As an intern, your main focus will be vegetable production, general farm operations, farmer markets, tasting room and farm market sampling and sales. You will have the opportunity to explore other areas of the farm as time permits.
Areas of focus:
Vegetable Production – production schedule/calendar, seeding, planting, cultivating, weed/insect control, pre/post harvesting techniques, storage, selling/marketing at farmers’ market, record keeping, reporting on profitability and more…
Vineyard- pruning and training, canopy management, weed/pest control, trellis maintenance, harvesting, reporting and more….
Livestock – feeding goats/chickens/pigs, grooming goats, maintaining shelters and more….
Tasting Room – introducing wines/beers/hard ciders to new and returning customers, promoting the farm and selling bottles of wine and bottles and growlers of beer and cider and more….
Farmer Markets – represent and promote the farm to farmer market patrons, greet customers and sell vegetable produce/canned goods/other products and more…..
Farm Market – greet customers, educate customers about the farm/farm products, maintain stock in farm market, share product samplings, perform sales transactions and more….
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 farming, sales, product knowledge and promotion of a unique agri-tourism business. Learning objectives will be provided for each area of the farm.
Skills Desired: Interns 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 grows more than just vegetables! Farming is physically and mentally demanding, but fun and rewarding too! Interns must have the following characteristics: Desire to learn Creative Curious Energetic Attention to detail Can work independently Attention to customer service Ability to lift 50 pounds Previous farm experience not required but preferred
Meals: Trainees prepare their own breakfast, lunch and dinner. Staples and vegetable produce is provided. There is a discount on food from the Farm Market and Café onsite.
Stipend: $175/week, plus a $25.00/week bonus, which will be given upon satisfactory completion of internship.
Housing: On property housing with two kitchens and two bathrooms is provided in a rustic shared cabin. Each trainee has their own room, and wi-fi, washer and dryer are available.
Preferred method of Contact: email