The social enterprises at Meristem expose students to real-world work experience through top-level business professionals.
Bard Bed & Breakfast
The Bard Bed & Breakfast is a quiet and welcoming landing place here on campus for guests, family members, and friends of Meristem. Students who work at our small three-suite B&B focus on hospitality management, and learn customer service skills, how to manage reservations, room set-up, how to prepare and serve a continental breakfast, and collaboration with guests, staff and students. This is the only bed and breakfast in the country operated by young adults on the autism spectrum.
If you would like to make a reservation to stay at the Bard Bed & Breakfast, please contact our Bed and Breakfast Student Liaison by email to ask about prices and availability. BnB@meristem.pro
Herbal Arts Company
Students gain real-life business management experience within the Herbal Arts Retail class. From product creation, pricing, sales, packaging, and shipping, to product development using herbs, essential oils, and other ingredients, our retail students learn to develop, make and sell original soaps, lotions, sprays, and other bath and body products. They also learn marketing, website development, e-commerce, sales, and business reporting.
Ready to shop? Herbal Arts hand-crafted artisan items are available for sale in the Bookstore at Meristem, and at select Meristem Events throughout the year. These make wonderful gifts for family and friends.
The Meristem Bakery is well-known for producing delicious baked goods, preserves, and bottled sauces. Students who work in the bakery learn about ingredients, techniques, and the scheduling required to run a production bakery. Watch for events on the Meristem Events calendar to sample and buy delicacies at one of our upcoming bake sales.
Our Culinary Arts classes offer students the rare opportunity to learn to prepare high quality foods from top notch chefs, using only the finest ingredients, sourced mainly from our organic garden on campus. Within the Culinary Arts program, Café students learn to take customers orders, manage the Café payment system, serve customers, and receive customer feedback. Students practice rectifying mistakes, and adapting recipes to address tastes or dietary needs.
The Meristem Café is open to the public for lunch each weekday at 12:40-2:00 PM. Reservations are requested 24 hours ahead of arriving so that students can make preparations. To make your Café reservation, please email The Meristem Café .