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Original Andy Boy ages gracefully

03/19/2004 12:00:00 AM
Todd Foltz

He raised his children similarly.

“He has influenced me so much in how I conduct myself,” said John D’Arrigo. “He taught me that your word is your bond. When I was young, he put me to work on the crews. I road to work with them on the bus. He taught me to treat everyone with respect.”

D’Arrigo-Martin agreed.

“Andy is firm, but fair,” she said. “He treats his employees with respect. For a man who’s built an amazing business, he is incredibly humble. He still considers himself a dirt farmer. He is not shy about offering his opinions or experience, but he allows us to run the day-to-day aspects of the business.”

But D’Arrigo himself credits the values behind the company to the generation that came before him.

“The first generation had a lot of foresight,” he said. “I want to credit them for teaching me the ethics, the honesty and the principles I have grown up with. They taught me to recognize the agricultural opportunities, and I’m trying to pass that on.”

And he did so as his children were young, walking the fields with him.

“I’ve walked many a field with him,” John D’Arrigo said. “He always told me don’t get trapped in the office because it all starts with the ground.”

One of the greatest bits of wisdom D’Arrigo-Martin gained from him came when she returned to the company after her first year of college.

“I’ll never forget the words of wisdom that my dad spoke to me,” she said. “‘If you can’t be on time, be early.’ He instilled good values in us. He said he’d give us a job, but it was up to us to keep it. We had to learn respect. He believed in higher education as well as John and I learning every aspect of the business by working in the fields, the coolers, the sales office and closely with our landlords and customers.”

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West Virginia  |  September, 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM

Which Andy Boy grown products are genetically modified?

Miami  |  August, 01, 2013 at 04:03 PM

I have the same kind of question, I've been consuming Andy Boy's iceberg lettuce for awhile, but now having seen a very controversial documentary on how the GMO products out there can degrade the health of mice in laboratories I'm reluctant to submit myself to produce that I have not checked first. I would like to continue consuming Andy Boy's iceberg lettuce but first i would like to know if the seeds used are GMO. Are you at Andy Boy's using any Genetically modified seeds to produce Iceberg Lettuce? And then another question which seems reasonable is to ask if you use geneticaly modified seeds for anything else at all. So here it goes: Are you at Andy Boy, using any genetically modified seeds at all? Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to one of your customers.

February, 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

yes I will like to know it too

Salinas  |  August, 12, 2014 at 08:31 PM

None. Any further questions should be referred to food safety.

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