9 to 5 – Prescott Farm

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When in search for some of the more unique places to work, I count myself lucky to have come across one that the term inspiring can’t begin to describe; Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center along with a passionate young professional shaping her community every day.

Kimberly Drouin  “Oh, this is how you begin total World DOMINATION” Director of Marketing & Administration is one of those young professionals.

Sorry…umm where was I?

photo 8A New Hampshire transplant from Maine Kim chose to move to NH when looking for the right college, “Plymouth had the type of atmosphere I was looking for and the programs I was interested in.” Kim graduated Plymouth State University and returned to complete her MBA. After being honored with the Who’s Who in American Colleges she knew she wanted to stay in NH. She landed a few different positions where she could utilize some of her passions and marketing skills however couldn’t find the all-encompassing role that would allow her to pair her outdoor enthusiasm and desire to create, until she found Prescott Farm.

Kim began working at Prescott Farm in 2009 as the Office and Communications Manager she was quickly promoted to the Director of Marketing, “when I started I was responsible for so many things and they recognized shortly what my strengths were and when going through our strategic planning we decided to change my focus more on the marketing and public relations development.”

photo 7With a small staff of passionate individuals Prescott Farm produces over 30 different programs, events, and activities each year open to the local community in Laconia.

Kim is helping close the summer camp program, plan the promotional mixer event and promote their largest community attended event the Harvest Festival. Prescott Farm is still owned by members of the original owners from the 1800’s.  In 2005, they built the energy-efficient Samuel P. Pardoe Building for classroom and office space where Kim and the many busy bees of Prescott Farm work on photo 6environmental education programs for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The farm is designated as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area and offers  hiking on more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails.

When looking for a work-life balance Kim and her husband Eric were looking for a location that provided not only the small community feel but somewhere close to all the outdoor activities they love, they purchased a home in Andover, “We love where our home is because it’s so close to the mountains, surrounded by nature and lakes it’s perfect for us.”photo 4

“We love being outside playing with our two girls (Madyson and Raelyn) and two dogs (Jackson & Logan), I just finished my first triathlon in New London, we hiked 39 of the 4000 footers. You can usually find us hiking or kayaking. We also love the White Mountains, Garfield is our favorite so far. We recently did a Bon trip with back packs it was the perfect day. If we are not outside playing and can sneak out for dinner we love the Common Man in Ashland.”

When asking Kim about advice she would give to a recent grad or someone just starting their career she very enthusiastically stated, “Don’t give up, if you have passion or career goals, stay passionate, don’t give up on what you really want to do.”

photo 1Prescott Farm is growing by leaps and bounds creating new ways to help their community get outdoors to enjoy the natural wonders that New Hampshire has to offer. You can find Kim participating in local networking groups like Fusion and Granite State Ambassadors. Also check out their upcoming Harvest Festival! Tweet with Kim @PrescottFarm and learn more about Prescott Farm at prescottfarm.org

Do you or someone you know work for an exciting NH company or organization and want to be featured in the SWP blog? Email 9to5@stayworkplay.org or tweet me at @Beesmischief

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