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.”
“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.”