Culinary internship
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Pond Hill Farm
Harbor Springs, MI, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Culinary internship

Last Updated: 5-11-19

Internship Starts: ASAP (1 intern), August 10th (1 intern)

Internship Ends: November 10, 2019

Number of Interns: 2

App Deadline: none

General Description: ------------ 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 Cafe -serves homemade farm-grown lunches and our wine/beer

-Pond Hill Farm 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


-Playground for children

-Infamous squash rockets and other games for all ages

-Farm to Table Dinners – 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


-Attention to detail

-Can work independently

-Attention to customer service


-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.

Housing: On property housing options are provided as part of compensation. Wi-fi and

washer/dryer are available.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email ------------

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