May Day at Beech Hill Farm!
Come celebrate May Day at Beech Hill Farm!
Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 3 p.m.
(Rain date: Saturday. May 18)
Enjoy a May Pole, music and dancing, a community
pot-luck picnic, and an open house. The event is free and
open to the public, and families and children are welcome.
Beech Hill Farm CSA 2013
If you have any questions, just let us know at 207-244-5204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beech Hill Farm is Now Hiring!
We are beginning our hiring process for the 2013 growing season! Field crew and farm stand staff are both being hired for this year. Descriptions of both positions and the application are below (please note that a resume is requested). We will begin the interview process on a rolling basis and finish up by May 5.
There often many people who apply so remember that we encourage folks to apply and with a limited number of positions available we encourage folks to apply for the following season if this one does not work out!
If you have any questions, please email Tess Faller, Beech Hill Farm Manager.
Position: Field Hand
Minimum Duration: First week of June – First week of September 2013
Compensation: $8.75/hr+ depending on experience and fresh farm vegetables
Description: Beech Hill Farm is a 73-acre farm in Mount Desert, Maine, owned and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The production consists of five+ acres of certified organic mixed vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. Five greenhouses exist on the property for season extension. The farm is also equipped with a packing shed, machine shop, drying room, office, and on site farm-stand.
Field hands will participate in all phases of crop production, including: harvesting, washing, and packing produce; weeding, trellising, transplanting, etc. The work week can be challenging with long, fast paced days beginning at 6 a.m., rain or shine. The work itself requires and is dependent upon qualities of thoughtfulness, initiative, and collaboration.
Qualifications: While previous farming/gardening experience is not necessary applicants should have:
- Strong interest in sustainable agriculture
- Sense of humor
- Demonstrated work ethic and ability to work long, physically demanding days
- Commitment to team work
- Ability to problem solve and work independently
- A curiosity to learn in a group, self-educate, ask questions, desire to learn through work
Position: Farm Stand Manager
Duration: Early June – Mid to late October 2013
Hours: 40 hrs
Supervised by: Tess Faller, Farm Manager
Compensation: Dependent on experience
Description: Beech Hill Farm is a 73-acre farm in Mount Desert, Maine, owned and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The production consists of five+ acres of certified organic mixed vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs. Five greenhouses exist on the property for season extension. The farm is also equipped with a packing shed, machine shop, drying room, office, and busy on site farm-stand. 70% of the Farms overall sales are from retail sales in our farm stand.
The Farm Stand Manager will be responsible for overseeing and executing all day to day operations of the farm stand. This includes:
- Sourcing and ordering bought-in products for resale, such as meat, cheese, bread and preserves
- Maintaining positive relationships with our suppliers
- Customer service
- Creative display and labeling of produce (making signs, recipe cards and shelf talkers)
- Thorough record keeping
- Additional tasks as needed
The Farm Stand Manager will complete orders, maintain farm-stand cleanliness and aesthetics, create signage, do necessary book keeping, etc, in addition to providing support during the morning (backup produce, receive orders, open second register if needed).
Qualifications: The ideal applicant will be highly self motivated and organized, able to work independently, and have a sincere interest in sustainable agriculture. In addition, applicants should possess the following qualities:
- Eye to detail and customer satisfaction
- Experience in retail management
- Appreciation for food, cooking, gardening
- Sense of humor, patience
- Computer literacy
- Interest in small business management
- Ability to problem solve
- Commitment to team work
- A curiosity to learn in a group, self-educate, ask questions
Internships at the Farm
Beech Hill Farm offers an internship program, which provides interns with the opportunity to immerse themselves in all aspect of farm management.
A Beech Hill Farm internship can serve as a complementary experience to one's academic focus or can also provide a valuable hands-on introduction to farming.
If you are interested in interning at the farm, download, fill out, and submit a BHF Internship Application.
Our volunteer days are Wednesdays from 9 a.m.–12 p.m., but additional volunteer times are also available. Please contact the farm.
Individuals or families interested in volunteering opportunities at Beech Hill Farm are encouraged to contact the farm for volunteer opportunities.
For any student, staff, or faculty members who would like to join in and get involved, we now have a van running from COA's campus to the farm on volunteer days.