Andy and Aimee cofounded A & A Organic Farms nearly 13 years ago. Andy had years of experience with various wholesale houses and growers and decided that the best way to support Organic growers was to represent them himself. At A & A Organics we strive to provide an enjoyable work environment for our awesome employees and creating and supporting a base of growers that supply us with organic produce each week. Aimee and Andy both share the belief that it is important to support the organic movement for many reasons, such as providing healthy produce to the general population, supporting healthy conditions for farm workers and support for the land where the food is grown. Rachel and Joshua grew up with fresh organic fruits and vegetables. They have always been part of the business whether they are taste testers, on the demo crew, or helping to keep up with current social media strategies they are always “in the picture.” Cali and Mia come to the office whenever a ride is offered to them. Not only do they spread their love to everyone in the office, they both serve as our official greeters. Cali is small (Malti-poo mix) but definitely does not lack in attitude. Mia loves the snow! She is always ready to tow a sled as long as there is a cookie at the end of the road! When there is no snow, Mia is always happy to go to work at the office. Mia is known in the neighborhood for her beautiful white coat and loving, smiling personality. Wet Rubz Gourmet Sauces debuted in 2013 when Andy bottled his tri tip marinade recipe: “Wet Rubz Gourmet Sauces Santa Maria Style”. Friends and family have enjoyed Andy’s marinade on BBQ Tri-tip for years and he finally took heed to friends’ advice and bottled his recipe. Andy is always working on the next recipe to bottle for Wet Rubz Gourmet Sauces. Aimee, Rachel and Josh are always ready for his next trial.
Judy is the go to person in our accounting department. She oversees all accounting duties and manages administration staff with professionalism and accuracy. Judy has lived in California all her life. Judy is proud to support the organic movement, the farmers and of course making sure that everyone at A & A is well taken care of. Before working for A & A, Judy and her family ran their own organic farm.
Tori’s role at A&A Organic Farms is very versatile; she assists with whatever is needed in the accounting department and can easily switch roles to help the Sales Team with as an assistant Sales Coordinator. She has maintains our Food Safety data and is happy to share her knowledge and expertise with her co-workers. Tori previously worked as a Food Safety Inspector. On weekends you might be able to spot Tori working cattle in Hollister or four wheeling.
Shannon is responsible for all of A&A Organic Farms produce inventory, the orders for that inventory and making sure orders are sent to the correct coolers. She maintains and balances the entire inventory to be sure we comply with our traceability requirements. Shannon also maintains our ASCO Organic certification and all of our grower’s organic certificates to be sure all are up to date. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking lake trips and keeping active. She likes organic because “It is a great feeling to know that the products you are feeding your family are free of harmful pesticides and other chemicals that may possibly impair their health.”
Mike enjoys talking to and getting to know his customers and says, “it is enjoyable to be able to communicate with people in different parts of the country and being part of an industry that supports healthier eating”. Mike enjoys golfing, hiking, going to the movies with his kids and gardening in his spare time. Mike considers his greatest accomplishment with the company: “The total learning experience of the organic Industry, the culture. And increasing my knowledge every day I am here of sourcing and selling organic foods”. Mike stays motivated by “setting myself sales goals and pushing myself to achieve them.” Most of Mike’s experience has been in the retail industry of the food industry, merchandising and managing at the store level. Mike is very passionate about eating organic and truly believes “We are what we eat. Everything we eat determines the quality of our life.”
Ryan enjoys Interacting with all of our wonderfully diverse customers and they love to do the same with him. His “gift for gab” has made him into a natural sales person. Ryan enjoys outdoor sports, fishing, camping, hunting, snow, skate and wakeboarding. He stays motivated by “continuously trying to surpass my previous year's sales and by the challenge to increase Sales output”. Ryan has obtained priceless skills and knowledge from previous jobs in the produce industry including bird dogging, field work and sales. Ryan likes to now be selling organic produce because “less chemicals = better”
Maria Elena loves the fast pace of organic produce sale including the daily challenges of finding the balance of price and demand to sell our growers organic produce. “I am very conscious to provide the grower with a sustainable return. I like the daily communication I have with our growers.” In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with family & friends. Maria Elena says, “in my household there is always something to do: soccer games, gymnastics, going to the beach, gatherings & visiting family and friends. Never a dull moment in my house hold and I love it!” Maria Elena feels her greatest accomplishment with A&A Organic Farms is having a great connection with our small growers. Being bilingual & bi-cultural and having worked in the fields as child, gives her a greater understanding of the challenges farmers are faced with everyday. Maria Elena brings a wealth of experience with her to A&A Organic Farm. In 1996 she began working in the produce industry, starting with exporting, then working with fresh herbs for a large grower shipper. “I was blessed, having had the opportunity to spend seven year as a stay home mom”. Two years ago she joined the sales team at A & A and says, “she has a blast working at A&A Organic farms!”
Josh is a junior in high school. After restoring a 1969 Nova with his dad (Andy), he is hooked on cars. His goal is to major in Mechanical Engineering and obtaining a graduate degree in Automotive Engineering then working on designing cars, in Italy of course! Josh also loves photography. Josh helps the family business by working at demos.
Graphic Design & Marketing
Rachel is a full time student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Graphic Design. During her days, she keeps busy with her campus involvement along with staying active and exploring nature. Rachel helps us at A & A with various jobs, including graphic design projects and demos. She loves working with her family and promoting organics. Rachel loves to travel, hangout at the beach and cook. Her dream job is to be the creative director at Bon Appetite.
Katie helps us with demos in the Bay Area. She loves the customer’s reaction when they first taste the Wet Rubz marinade and want to buy a bottle right then off the table. Katie is a natural and is able to convince every child who walks by her demo to try Wet Rubz. She is known to say, “if you don’t like it you can spit it out”. Katie says that every child that tries a piece of chicken or tri-tip marinated with Santa Maria Style marinade loves it! Katie is a pro at cooking and also works as an independent consultant for Pampered Chef. Independent Consultant/The Pampered Chef –Demos, Parties, classes Executive Director, Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation – fund raise, event planning, education, patient support, community outreach.
Phyllis is our newest addition to our demo team in the Bay Area. Phyllis says: “my motivation stems from my passion for this product as well as seeing the clientele’s faces with excitement after trying it. Kids love it too!!!” In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, grandchildren, friends & pets. Phyllis says the best part of working at demos for A & A is sharing a great organic product with the community”.
Morgan is a junior in high school. He says he loves cooking up delicious food at demos. Morgan challenges himself during demos to see how many customers he can get to try Wet Rubz Gourmet Sauces.
Cali and Mia come to the office whenever a ride is offered to them. Not only do they spread their love to everyone in the office, they both serve as our official greeters. Cali is small (Malti-poo mix) but definitely does not lack in attitude. Mia loves the snow! She is always ready to tow a sled as long as there is a cookie at the end of the road! When there is no snow, Mia is always happy to go to work at the office. Mia is known in the neighborhood for her beautiful white coat and loving, smiling personality.