Introducing Red Hen’s NEWEST Team Member

Image Source: Flickr User Waywardshinobi

Image Source: Flickr User Waywardshinobi

We are excited to spread the word that, as of December 1st, we have a new team member, Jennifer Quirk.

Jennifer’s primary role is as a Customer Service Specialist.

We joke that, “At some point, Jennifer will be our Jeremy when Jeremy’s not available.”

She has some BIG SHOES to fill, and it will certainly take some time for her to learn, but we’re confident we’ve made an excellent selection.

We asked Jennifer to share some information about her background, and to reflect on her first week at Red Hen … She’s actually in her 3rd week with us, but with all of the year-end flurry of activity going on here at the farm, we’ve been a bit behind on sharing, but HERE GOES…


I have spent the majority of my career building strong customer service skills and learning how to manage positive customer experiences both in a position at a small family owned granite product manufacturing shop, where I managed granite production jobs along side customers from order placement to final installation, and with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, where I held a variety of positions helping customers with unemployment insurance and finding new job placements after the loss of a job.


In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking and movies, especially horror flicks. I enjoy a challenging work environment and am looking forward to tackling a new role using my current skills in a new environment on the farm and getting to know all of my new Red Hen team members and customers.


My first week here at Red Hen Turf Farm has been great.  All of my new coworkers here have been doing a fantastic job of providing a solid foundation for what I need to know and do to be the best representative to all of our customers.  I have had a chance to get to know some of our customers, work on some special projects and have started learning a lot about how things run here at the sod farm.


One of the first things to have struck me is how appreciative Red Hen is for its customers.  They are committed to forming solid and meaningful business relationships and try to provide enjoyable and personalized interactions with each one. It is obvious already that so many of the customers I have spoken to over the last week enjoy working with Red Hen and I have even received some light-hearted hazing by a few!


I have also gotten a general overview of all of facets of the sod industry and I still have so much to learn, but am looking forward to the challenge of tackling it and becoming proficient so I am ready to hit the ground running as soon as we start back up in the spring.  Luckily I have some great teachers here to show me the ropes and they are working hard to make sure I have all the tools I need to provide everyone with the same standard of customer service they are used to receiving each time they place an order with us.


Have a great rest of the week!

– Lisa and the Red Hen Turf Farm Crew


In the news … Red Hen-Red Gold Partnership Highlighted by Turfgrass Producers International


As our regular readers might recall, our Summer 2015 Marketing Intern, Leslie, was very busy with all sorts of projects (CLICK TO READ MORE).

One of the articles that Leslie wrote was submitted to the Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) magazine and we are very happy to announce that it has made it to PRINT!  

The article is about Red Hen’s partnership with Red Gold tomatoes and our diversification into producing a range of commodity crops in addition to the 100% Kentucky bluegrass sod that we are known for in the Michiana region.

You can READ about it by CLICKING HERE (pdf download).

Red Hen-Red Gold Partnership - Turfgrass Producers International SeptOct 2015

CLICK on this Snapshot to access the full-sized PDF of this Article

Red Hen Turf Farm is a proud member of several industry and professional organizations, including TPI.  The TPI website is a great resource for anyone seeking more information on the sod industry, and includes a directory of TPI members for customers in search of sod growers in their area.

Turfgrass Producers International is the only international trade association dedicated to promoting the benefits of turfgrass sod worldwide.  Their mission is: “To represent and advance the turfgrass sod industry worldwide through the promotion of improved practices and the professional development of members and the enhancement of the environment.”

Thank you, TPI, for your ongoing support of Red Hen Turf Farm!  For anyone interested in following TPI via various social media outlets:


Employment Opportunities at Red Hen Turf Farm *** NEW Customer Service Specialist / Office Admin Job Posting! ***



As a Red Hen Turf Farm employee, you’ll be part of a close-knit team.  You’ll find a work environment as dedicated to people as to product, and the opportunity to make solid strides toward your future.  Red Hen Turf Farm is an excellent place to grow professionally and personally.

Located near South Bend, Indiana, Red Hen has been in business since 1957. While we are known primarily for our turf grass sod production, in recent years Red Hen has added processing tomato production and seed corn production.  These crops remain the primary focus of our business at this time, but we anticipate further expansion in these enterprises as well as additional complementary crops. We combine deep roots with progressive, forward thinking business practices, and we use the latest technology, state of the art office and shop facility, and sound agronomic practices to benefit the productivity of the land and the environment.

POSITIONS WE ARE ACTIVELY HIRING FOR (Updated 9/21/15) ****** NEW  ******

  • Customer Service Specialist / Office Admin – This is year-round, full-time position, and typically you’d work at least 40 hours/week. Do people say you have a “green thumb”?  Do you have an interest in all things gardening or landscaping?  Do you have a genuine desire to teach and assist others?  Then this may be the position for you.  LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE by CLICKING THIS LINK through


POSITIONS WE ARE NOT ACTIVELY HIRING FOR, but you can submit your application if you like … We’ll keep it on file (Updated 9/21/15)



  • Farm Laborer – This is an entry-level, seasonal position, and typically you’d work at least 40 hours/week.
  • Field Assistant – This is the next step up from our Farm Laborer positions.  Field Assistant is also a seasonal position, and typically you’d work at least 40 hours/week.
  • Operator – This is a position that we used to call “Semi Truck Driver.” The primary duties are related to driving semi, so we do require at least 2 years semi driving experience.  A CDL-A is not required for this position, but would be a real plus. Operator is also a seasonal position, and typically you’d work at least 40 hours/week.  NOTE:  Operator applicants will need to fill out our Application PLUS our Operator Questionnaire

You can apply for the Farm Laborer, Field Assistant, and Operator positions by completing an Application and submitting it by mail, in person, by email, or online.  If your experience, skills, education, and background best match the requirements, you may be contacted by Red Hen to set up an in-person or phone interview.  NOTE:  Operator applicants will need to fill out our Application PLUS our Operator Questionnaire

  • Apply by mail:  Print out and send our Application to: Red Hen Turf Farm, 29435 Darden Rd, New Carlisle, IN 46552
  • Apply in person: Print out our Application or get one from us when you come to our office at the above address.
  • Apply by email: Print out our Application, fill it out, and scan / email it to




last updated: 09/21/15

It’s Officially our 2015 RED GOLD TOMATO Season @ Red Hen Turf Farm


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We are EXCITED to officially start our 3rd year of producing Red Gold Tomatoes.

503,000 little tomato plants arrived here Red Hen Turf Farm yesterday on two trailers (all the way from Georgia!), and by the end of today, we should be getting this first round of planting well underway.

“Red Gold has been producing premium quality tomato products since 1942. Red Gold produces premium quality canned tomatoes and tomato-based products for retail, foodservice, private brands, and club stores. The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, and Sacramento. Exceptional quality and operational excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: ‘To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.'” (Source,

#cropdiversity #redgoldtomatoes #grownbyfamiliesenjoyedbyfamilies


See you at the Michiana Home Show + FREE PRIZE GIVEAWAY!


Well it’s has been a cold one this year!

With record snow fall and record low temperatures, what better way to get ready for spring than to check out the 2015 Michiana Home Show at the Century Center, downtown South Bend?  Red Hen will be attending again this year throughout the entire show, which runs:

  • Friday, March 13 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday, March 14 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Sunday, March 15 Noon-5:00pm

To see the details on what other exhibitors will be there (180+ of them!), times for special seminars, and to print out a coupon that will save you $2 off the admission price, check out

Regular Admission is $8, Seniors 65 and older are $7, Children 12 and under get in for Free.  Also, Parking at Century Center is $5, but there are over 800 free parking spaces are available in Downtown South Bend.

I also have a 4 FREE TICKETS tickets to give away this year.  Each of the 4 winners will also receive a FREE 22 oz. can of TRIAMINE Jet-Spray, Spot Weed Killer — one of our most popular items!  (TOTAL PRIZE VALUE:  $21.50) .  To ENTER, follow THIS LINK to our Facebook Page. 

If there is any thing you need for inside our outside your home this event is a must to attend.

And please come by and say HI.

Until next time.

Jeremy – Turf Operations Manager, Red Hen Turf Farm




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We officially broke ground for our NEW SHOP on August 14, 2013, and almost 1 year later to the day, we are VERY PLEASED to announce that as of today – August 11, 2014 – our NEW SHOP / OFFICE is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Red Hen’s New Shop is located on the same property as our “Old Shop” at 29435 Darden Rd., New Carlisle, Indiana… We’re just 2 buildings west in the same parking lot.