Armor Farms is so excited to have been showcased by SLOcal Farm Stands on Facebook! If you aren't already following you should! Melissa (the administrator) is so creative and talented! Thank you Melissa!
Another great “let’s meet the people behind the produce” moment. Thank you Shelby and Armor Farms for letting us spend some time with your lovely family.
Please read the interview and take a look at the video. Her kids are so cute! And her produce delivery service is fabulous. YUM!
Meeting Armor Farms
SLOcal Farm Stands: Hi there! It’s so nice to meet you! Our community wants to hear all about Armor Farms! Tell us about it - your business, your family and what you do.
AF: I drew the name of my business from scripture in order to reflect the main purpose of my business; to give back. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. -Ephesians 6:10-20.
Armor Farms is a produce delivery service, subscription-based company with boxes ranging in price from $29 - $49 depending on size and delivery method. It is a female, veteran-owned Central Coast company representing a collaboration of family farms. Many of these family farms had been unable to participate in a direct to consumer market before Armor Farms came to fruition.
SLOcal Farm Stands: Has farming always been in your family?
AF: My husband's family were long-time strawberry growers here in Santa Maria. When he was a kid, he spent many hours on the farm with his Grandfather who taught him a thing or two about farming. After they sold the farm, my husband entered the produce industry as a broker. Our dream for Armor Farms is that our four children can continue to use Armor as a way to impact other's lives and to give back on a grand scale.
SLOcal Farm Stands: How does your business benefit the greater community?
AF: With every box purchased, we donate produce to those affected by COVID-19 as well as those in general need. We work with local organizations to ensure community members are serviced. We also donate a percentage of our profits to local churches who have joined our Ambassadorship Program.
SLOcal Farm Stands: What are your most popular items? And what are your favorites?
AF: Most of our customers order our JUMBO box, which is so abundant and has so much variety it’s hard to beat! We love our Petite Romaine (great for lettuce wraps) and our Broccoli is the BEST in the world!
SLOcal Farm Stands: Do you have any special memories about farming? Was it a part of your childhood?
AF: I grew up in Ohio surrounded by dairy farms and corn fields. Although we were not farmers, my community was entrenched in the industry. Once a country girl, always a country girl.
SLOcal Farm Stands: What do you hope to impart to our children and our world for a better future?
AF: Farming is the true intention of our land.
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.- 1 Corinthians 3:7
God loved us so much he put seeds in our food. Everyone should know how to grow and harvest. The benefits are numerous. Not only does growing your own food provide you with healthy nutrition, it also allows for a secure and independent life. It teaches children at a very young age a strong work ethic and amazing responsibility. The true sense of the appreciation of the land is instilled in them all of their lives. Not to mention they get to enjoy a life outside filled with memories with their siblings and parents.