Stanley says diversification is necessary to survive long on the farm.
Despite its growth, the company had a rough year in 1980 because of crop and outside political issues, and they almost lost it all, Stanley said.
It made them appreciate the good years and their diversification, he said.
Stanley and his three sons are equal partners in the company, splitting everything four ways. They make the decisions the same way too. They take a vote. If it’s a 2-2 tie, then Stanley’s wife, Diane, breaks the tie. She’s done it two or three times.
“When someone’s outvoted, he joins right in,” Stanley said. “That’s how we make this family operation work. If we have a bad year, we suffer together. If we have a good year, we celebrate together.”
Stanley is an outgoing, generous and good man, said Sabrina Jarriel, office manager for Stanley Farms.
“He’s the main one that everyone goes to when they need support and guidance,” Jarriel said. “He’s all about helping everybody any way he can. Just an all-around good person. A good ol’ boy.”
Things are going well at Stanley Farms.
More than any other word, Stanley uses “blessed.” And throughout his company’s history, he’s met blessings with more faith and investment. And the company doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.