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This Old Farm Hiring Again! on March 29th, 2014

For those of you who are already settled in with a job, I’m sure you must find this rush of job postings to your email address at least mildly annoying. We understand however, that the fastest way to spread something is by word of mouth (which in today’s world I’m sure we can all agree has been extended to include social media as well). We’re growing quickly, and hope to add as many new employees to the company as we can.

This Old Farm, Inc is looking for honest, dependable, and hard-working individuals to join the team. This Old Farm is located outside of Colfax, IN between Indianapolis and Lafayette. We are a small produce aggregation facility as well as a USDA inspected meat processing plant. Product is distributed and sold through retail and wholesale markets.

Our mission is to bring healthful, local food to Indiana by sustaining, nurturing, and prospering the family farm through cooperative distribution of local, environmentally conscience foods at a cost that both supports the farmer while representing the true cost and value for the customer.

Skill consideration will be based upon both skill level and attitude. The desire to be part of the team and learn often outweighs the need for immediate proficiency.

We’re looking to fill two positions at the moment. The first is a Livestock Harvest Floor worker. This individual ill help attend to a piece of our business that we consider to be extremely important, our traceability. Owning our own livestock harvest floor is essential to ensuring we know who gets what product.

The second position we are looking for is an experienced Book Keeper or Accountant. Depending on their experience and skill set they could preform many activities up to but not limited to assisting with all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation, payroll, managing the computer network, managing developer for ecommerce, as well as development of internal control policies and procedures.

For a Livestock Harvest Floor Worker you should be…

  • able to work comfortably and patiently with livestock. Livestock do not always cooperate as desired, so patience is key to ensuring a stress free environment for them.
  • able to perform strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time.
  • able to take criticism and cooperate productively with USDA inspectors.
  • attentive to detail, and be able to notice oddities in livestock and paperwork.
  • able to and be comfortable with utilizing a firearm.
  • previous experience in skinning an animal (whether it be deer on a hunting trip or actual livestock) is highly recommended.
  • willing to continue to learn and help with other areas of the company. We’re a small business, so people often wear many hats.

For an Accountant / Bookkeeper you should…

  • have a thorough knowledge of general book keeping and accounting principals.
  • have some experience creating general financial statements.
  • have experience with general ledger functions including month and year end close processes.
  • have knowledge of computer networks (expert knowledge is not required, but general knowledge is highly appreciated).
  • have knowledge of ecommerce (expert knowledge is not required, but general knowledge is highly appreciated).
  • familiarity with Quickbooks is preferred but not required.
  • be willing and able to attend to customers with a positive attitude on occasion.
  • a passion and general knowledge of local agriculture and the good food movement is greatly appreciated.
  • be willing and able to continue learning and helping in many areas throughout the company. We’re a small business, so people often wear many hats.

If you, or someone you know looks like either of these positions would be right for them, send a resume to jessica@thisoldfarminc.com!

This Old Farm Now Hiring! on March 8th, 2014

Though necessary to remain in business, growth is always an exciting thing to see! We’re looking for an Order Fulfillment Specialist for This Old Farm, to help ensure that our ever growing customer base gets all the products they desire. This individual will manage and pack orders for our customers, as well as interact with them directly on occasion as they deliver wholesale orders. This individual should be…

  • Detail Oriented
  • Be able to lift and work in temperature extremes (primarily cold in the freezer)
  • Have Basic Computer Skills
  • Be customer friendly (always willing to help accommodate our customers with a smile)
  • Have a clean driving record (no CDL necessary)
  • Inventory management and warehousing knowledge is helpful but not required
  • Knowledge of good foods is helpful but not required
  • Be willing to help with other miscellaneous items. Being a small company, everyone wears several hats, and people are often needed to help  in other areas of the company.

If you think you’re the one for the job, and are wanting to take part in the good foods and local agriculture of the mid-west, email your resume to jessica@thisoldfarminc.com

Good Foods Conference Chicago on March 1st, 2014

My personal favorite part of being part of a small family owned business is the opportunity to attend small farm and good food conferences and trade shows across the mid-west. Few teams work better then a small family unit, and I take great joy in developing our plan of action on the car ride there, setting up our booth, and proceeding to implement our plan of action. These conferences create a wonderful opportunity to market to, and gain new information from others involved in the good foods business. The Good Foods Festival and Conference held in Chicago every March for the past ten years is a wonderfully organized conference with a good combination of events, lecture, and trade show time.

This year Jessica has the wonderful opportunity to take part in the Good Food Conference’s Financing Fair. She’ll be pitching our idea for an expanded produce aggregation facility to help promote produce agriculture here in Indiana. Indiana is the 14th largest Agriculture state in the U.S., and yet we import 95% of our food from outside the state. Our primary focus here at This Old Farm is to support a local, diversified and de-centralized food operation. Our hope is to utilize this lettuce crop in order to develop enough magnitude to help our smaller farmers be able to market their own produce through us.

These events are a wonderful way to get re-energized to do what we’re passionate about. Meeting with other people, and hearing all the wonderful success stories rejuvenates our faith in the good foods movement. For more information about the Good Foods conference in Chicago, click here. We hope to come back with a variety of contacts and new ideas to help better our products and services, wish us luck!

Conner Smith

Saint Patricks Days Specials! on March 1st, 2014

March is here! Though March may be ushered in this year by a series of snow storms, we hope that by the end of the month we can start saying our goodbyes to this long winter. In the mean time, Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, so our beef briskets are 20% off to give you the opportunity to prepare a Saint Patrick’s day meal. Just thaw the brisket and put it in the oven at about 450°F for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 250°F for up to 12 hours. This slow cook process will lead to a wonderfully tender piece that will pull apart easily. When you come to pick up your brisket, try some coffee from Harvest Cafe. All their coffee is wonderful, and their Irish Cream flavor coffee bean is 20% off!

Attention All Lafayette Customers! Visit Nature’s Pharm for Fresh Meat! on February 23rd, 2014

Nature’s Pharm in Lafayette carries 27 different This Old Farm products.  Starting last week, they even started carrying fresh meats from This Old Farm processed for them and delivered weekly.  Support Nature’s Pharm and our Sustainable Farmers and their efforts to provide more Good Meat options by stopping out today and asking where to find the This Old Farm products including never frozen 100% grass fed ground beef, Roasts, Pastured Pork Chops, and one of our favorite sausage blends.