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The Garden Cafe at Pond Hill Farm  4 Culinary Interns needed

Contact: Carolyn Sarachaga
Phone: 231-526-3276
Email: pondhilljobs@gmail.com

Last Updated: 12-20-18

Internship Starts: May 1, 2019
Internship Ends: November 10, 2019
Number of Interns: 5 (couples welcome)
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

General Description: www.pondhill.com The Garden Cafe is the social focal point of family-owned and operated Pond Hill Farm. The farm is located on 197 acres in the beautiful resort community of Harbor Springs. We are a working farm in the agritourism business.

Farming highlights:

  • Roughly 20 acres of irrigated fenced vegetables

  • Grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, wine grapes (almost 5 acres), berries, and pumpkins

  • 2 unheated greenhouses (rolling greenhouse, hoop house)

  • 2 heated greenhouses

  • Participate in 3 Farmer’s Markets during summer

  • Raise pigs, lambs, and goats

Agritourism highlights

  • Open year round

  • Market– sells wine, beer, canned goods, fresh produce and Pond Hill merchandise

  • The Garden Cafe -serves homemade farm-grown lunches and our wine/beer

  • Pond Hill Farm Vineyards & Winery – wine tasting/serves food from cafe

  • Pond Hill Farm Brewery – beer tasting/serves food from cafe

  • Canned goods (value added products) - 40+ products canned onsite in our licensed canning kitchen

  • 6 miles of groomed trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking

  • Playground for children

  • Infamous squash rockets and other games for all ages

  • Wood Mill – local milled wood for farm use

  • Farm to Table Dinners – summer only

  • Barn Dances – summer only

Internship Details: Culinary interns will spend most of their time (average four days/week -this includes weekdays and weekends) working in The Garden Cafe preparing lunches and will be responsible for the daily set up, operation, cleaning, and closing of the kitchen area as directed by the chef. These duties include but are not limited to preparation of soups and farm vegetable side dishes, short order cooking, dish washing, and advance preparation of food items in accordance with production requirements. These processes must be held to our quality standards while maintaining a safe, sanitary work environment, ensuring quality and consistency by following recipes and production and portion guidelines. 

Interns will also participate in special events. Multi-course plated dinners are scheduled over the season and interns may take a larger role in each subsequent dinner. Other events throughout the season may include hors d'oeuvres displays, pig roasts, and casual buffets. 

Although your focus is working in the Garden Café, there is allotted time weekly to work in other areas of the farm. Assignment to specific areas will be based on your interests/goals and farm needs. This will be discussed in depth during the interview process.

Skills Desired: As a culinary intern it is preferred that you arrive with some basic cooking skills and knowledge of proper sanitation and safety practices.  Interns need to be prepared for a challenge and to take on a significant degree of responsibility in our fast-paced kitchen. Commercial cooking is physically and mentally demanding, but fun and rewarding too! We expect our interns to be self-motivated, hard working, drug free, and non-smokers, and have the following characteristics:

  • Desire to learn

  • Curious

  • Attention to detail

  • Can work independently

  • Attention to customer service

  • Creative

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Previous culinary experience not required but preferred

Educational Opportunities:
For those candidates selected, opportunities exist to design, prepare, and execute a course at a Farm to Table dinner for up to 60 guests; while maintaining  proper prep levels with fluctuating business due to seasonality.

Your primary focus will be working in the fast paced kitchen with a weekly opportunity to work in other areas of the farm; vegetable production, vineyard, brewery, canning kitchen and farmer’s markets.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of aspects of farming.  Learning objectives will be provided for each area of the farm. Reading and viewing of videos may be suggested in some areas.

Meals: Interns prepare their own breakfast lunch and dinner. They are welcome to any produce they pick from the fields on their own time. Food staples are provided. There is a discount on food from the Farm Market and Garden Cafe.  One meal is allowed free of charge during a day working in the cafe.  Communal dinners are common among interns staying on property.

Stipend: $175/week plus a $25 per week bonus upon satisfactory completion of internship. Extra income can be earned if shifts are taken in our Tasting Room and Dining Room (21 years of age preferred to serve in our TR & DR)
Housing:  On property housing options are provided as part of compensation. Wi-fi and washer/dryer are available.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email pondhilljobs@gmail.com

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Pond Hill Farming Interns - 4 Interns needed

Contact: Carolyn Sarachaga
Phone: 231-526-3276
Email: pondhilljobs@gmail.com

Internship Starts: May 1, 2019
Internship Ends: November 10, 2019
Number of Interns: 6 (couples welcome)
App Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

This internship is perfect for anyone wishing to learn the broad skill range it takes to own and operate a profitable farming business.
We are seeking self motivated and hard working individuals with a desire to learn the skills needed to work on and run a farm. Interns must be drug free, non-smokers.

Internship Details: As an intern, you will be  involved in all operations of our farm. You will have the opportunity to work in many different areas, but will also be assigned a focus. Your focus will be based on your goals/interests and our farm needs. These will be discussed in depth during the interview process.

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….

  • Brewery – all aspects of a 3 barrel micro brewing system (use farm  produce in some of our beers), mashing, lautering, fermenting, sampling, racking, carbonating and packaging and more...

  • Canning Kitchen – production scheduling, standards for license canning kitchen, critical factors for recipes, acidified versus acid products, labeling, product development and more…..

Educational Opportunities: You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of aspects of farming.  Learning objectives will be provided for each area of the farm. Reading and viewing of videos may be suggested in some areas.

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

  • Attention to detail

  • Can work independently

  • Attention to customer service

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Previous farm experience not required but preferred

Stipend: $125/week - Bonus of $25 per week given upon satisfactory completion of internship. Shifts in our Tasting Room, Dining Room and/or working special events will allow for extra income - 21 years of age is preferred to take shifts in these areas.
Housing: On property housing options are provided as part of compensation. Wi-fi and washer/ dryer are available.

Preferred Method of Contact: Email pondhilljobs@gmail.com

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 Pond Hill Farm Vineyard Manager

Pond Hill Farm is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team and assume management of our vineyard plantings which supply wine grapes for our estate-grown wine production. We are a small farm in Northern Michigan specializing in unique agritourism experiences ranging from fresh produce, canned goods, a year-round farm-to-table cafe, to farm-brewed craft beer and wine.

This is a full time seasonal position with the opportunity for year-round employment. This position represents a chance to work with relatively new cold hardy varietals in a burgeoning newly-established “Tip of the Mitt” AVA. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in cold-climate viticulture.

Our ideal candidate is someone passionate about growing high-quality wine grapes from relatively new regionally adapted varieties. Interest in Local Food, Farming, and/or Fermentation is a plus. The Vineyard is just one part of the larger farm and the position of vineyard manager will be expected to at times help out in other departments as necessary. This position requires the flexibility to work weekdays, weekends, early mornings, and evenings as the work requires.

Responsibilities

  • Execute and update the vineyard management plan  

  • Perform the majority of the seasonal vineyard tasks including, but not limited to: dormant pruning & training, spraying, fertilizing, canopy management, bird netting, testing fruit chemistry, etc…

  • Train and supervise vineyard/intern crew during periods of additional labor need

  • Maintain vineyard tools and infrastructure e.g. trellising

  • Provide training and periodic updates on vineyard operations to staff, customers, and wine club members

  • Organize and oversee harvest days

  • Function as a member of the production team offering input on wine making decisions and marketing

  • Keep records of and report monthly and annually on yields, labor, and expenses

  • Assist with care and management of U-pick small fruit crops on the farm

  • Maintain the aesthetic appearance of the vineyard plantings

Required Qualifications:  

  • Knowledge of basic horticultural principals

  • The ability to work outside in all weather conditions

  • The ability to self motivate and stay on task

  • The ability to operate tractors and 3 point vineyard equipment

  • Experience in construction, heavy equipment operation, small engine repair

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous Vineyard/Farm/Management experience

  • Possesses current MI Pesticide/Herbicide Applicators License

  • Certificate or Degree in Viticulture, Enology, Agriculture

  • Winemaking/Brewing/Fermentation experience

Compensation and Benefits

  • Schedule: Full-time hourly seasonal

    • 5 days/week  

    • March through November

    • Opportunity for year-round employment

  • Pay: $12/hr

  • Additional Perks: Access to farm produce, discounts in the Cafe, Farm Market, Winery, & Brewery

Interested applicants please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to pondhilljobs@gmail.com