Pond Hill Farm

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

Primary Contact: Jimmy Spencer
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 231-838-7370
    Email: nfreeman@pondhill.com

Website: http://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, meat, beer, wine, flowers and canned goods, which are shared via the café, tasting room, on-farm market, farmers markets, 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 farm ecosystem 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, 2022
Internship Ends: October 31, 2022
Number of Internship Available: 4
Application Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 26 weeks

Internship Details:

As a trainee, your main focus will be vegetable production, general farm operations, farmers markets, Fall Festival, and Grape Harvest. You will have the opportunity to explore other areas of the farm as time permits such as the brewery, cafe, and tasting room.
Areas of focus:
● Vegetable Production: executing the years production schedule including, but not limited to;
seeding, planting, cultivating, weed/insect control, pre/post harvesting techniques, storage, selling/marketing at farmers’ market and on-site, record keeping, reporting on profitability and more…
● Livestock: feeding and watering goats/chickens/pigs, maintaining shelters, and more….
● Farmer Markets: represent, promote, and describe the farm to farmer market patrons,
greet customers and sell vegetable produce/canned goods/flowers and more…..
● Fall Festival: sell tickets, manage game booths, sell food/drink and more…..
● Vineyard: canopy management, trellis maintenance, harvesting, and more….
● Tasting Room: learning our products and sharing with customers about all you are learning.
Introducing wines/beers/hard ciders to new and returning customers, promoting the farm and performing sales and service of wine, beer and food.
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 does much more than just grow 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
● Strong communication skills
● Ability work independently
● Exceptional customer service skills
● Ability to lift at least 50 pounds repetitively
● Previous farm experience not required
Educational Opportunities:
You will have the opportunity to learn many different aspects of farming, sales, product knowledge and promotion of a unique agri-tourism business. Plans to dive deeper into specific aspects of agriculture available according to interest/time.


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. Vegetable produce is provided. There is a discount on food from the Farm Market and Café onsite.

Stipend: $9.87/hr. Paid every other week. Tips when working in the tasting room. Employee discounts on farm merchandise. Produce provided as well as wild protein (lake trout, salmon, and venison) when in season and the hunting/fishing is good.

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, and dryer present. “Rent” is $100-150/month depending on taxes and number of people in the cabin, and is deducted from each paycheck.

Preferred method of Contact: Please send resume and cover letter to email.