Hello! My name is Katlynn, a soon-to-be junior at Gustavus! I am a Political Science major who is also interested in the discussion surrounding organic and sustainable farming. I love being outside and in the sun while weeding and watering in the mornings. I love taking care of the strawberry patch and the carrots because they remind me of my grandfather’s garden!



Hey Everybody!!! My name is Justin Bruener, and I am a returning famer for the 2014 growing season! I will be a junior during the 2014-15 school year with a double major in Geography and Scandinavian Studies (Fråga mig om svenska) I have a pasion for plants and Iam not afraid to show it (I also reference songs a lot and relate them to the farm); just ask the other farmers about it! I am super pumped to be working with the other inters this year, we have so much planted that I am excited to see everything blossom and really take off! In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, cooking and putting my mad photoshop skills to use 🙂 I hope to see all of you at volunteer days, we love meeting and working with you guys!Image

My name is Reina Nielsen, and I am thrilled to be working on the Big Hill Farm this summer! Next fall, I will be a junior here at Gustavus with a major in Biology and an emphasis on botany. I grew up around the Mississippi river in Southeastern MN and fell in love with the bluffs, river, and all things outdoors at a very early age! I have been gardening all my life and enjoy the opportunity to work outside and watch the plants grow. When I am not working on the farm this summer, you can expect to find me hiking, kayaking, and spending the majority of my time in the great outdoors!Image

My name is Matthew Gullickson and I am one of the new interns at Big Hill Farm for the 2014 summer.  I am going to be a junior in the fall at Gustavus Adolphus and am pursuing a major in biology with a focus on botany and ecology, so this is a perfect job for me.  I love the outdoors, memorizing unnecessary information, and being a dork. The other farmers are all awesome and they are really going to make weeding and watering in the middle of a Minnesota summer a fun experience!Image

Hello New Interns!

April 27, 2014

We are very excited to announce our three new additions to the Big Hill Farm! This season we are fortunate enough to afford five interns, as opposed to four in each past year. This season we are lucky to have Katlynn Alm, Matthew Gullickson, and Reina Nielsen joining the Big Hill team. Too, Justin Bruener and Jessica Buckley will be returning to the garden for another summer in the sun. 

Thus far we have begun starting the seedlings for the growing season, and hardening (acclimating the seedlings to outdoors) is soon to follow. We have big plans this year- keep on the look out for volunteer opportunities and frequent updates on events held by the BHF.

We are looking forward to getting our hands dirty, and seeing what we can accomplish this season. We’ve got a great crop of team-members on our hands (pun certainly intended). We have selected a team that we feel will really get the ball rolling for publicity and more frequent updates for our helpful volunteers and BHF supporters. Please let us know if you have any ideas or comments to help the BHF grow!

BHF 2014 Application <click for download

Hey Gustavus! The Big Hill Farm is looking for two fantastic interns to add to our 2014 Summer team. If you are a current first-year, sophomore, or junior at GAC, and want to get your hands dirty this Summer at the Big Hill Farm, please submit your application by Friday, March 21, 2014. You do NOT have to be an Environmental Studies or Biology student or have any gardening experience to apply. We have a great history of non-science majors being essential parts of the Big Hill intern team. All are welcome!

For those of you who may not already know, the Big Hill Farm hires students to fulfill the paid internship responsibilities throughout the spring, summer, and fall to provide local organic produce for the Gustavus Marketplace.

The farm has been in full form as we approach the end if July! Raspberries have been ripening to perfection with another harvest to come, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and beats all follow in suit, ready for harvest. We are so proud of our first few harvest for the caf! It’s a farmer’s dream come true to see their work reach its destination! You can expect high quality organic produce in select locations in the cafeteria tomorrow!

Below, Senior Sam Warburton has a handful of raspberries ready for harvest!