1998, AFIVEPLUS, Inc. started manufacturing potato equipment, but the
story started long before that. Larry Anderson began
designing potato planters at a major potato equipment manufacturer in
1989. While there, he designed the first vacuum potato planter.
Leaving that company after over 8 years, Larry began designing custom
equipment as well as developing a potato planter for another major
potato equipment manufacturer. Then, in 1998 AFIVEPLUS, Inc. began
manufacturing and selling specialized potato equipment.
Larry, his wife DeeDee, and son Eric began manufacturing
potato planters specifically suited for the small farm. After the first
year of digging their own potatoes, they developed a small digger to
add to the product line.
Additions to the product line have come exclusively from customer
requests. These additions include a sweet potato option, a picking
table extension, and a sacking platform. Smaller products that have
been developed over the years include a small, table model seed cutter
and hilling discs.
In 2006, a new planter was added to provide researchers with a modern
version of the Iron Age Planter, a long used planter better suited to
research plots. Even today, we continue to develop equipment to meet
In late 2006, we began doing business as US Small Farm Equipment
Company. We made the name change to better reflect our farm equipment
manufacturing and sales business.
We continue to develop custom equipment as the need
arises. Like many of our customers, we are farmer's market
growers so we know the special needs and services required. We desire
to help you in your small farm endeavors.
Larry & DeeDee Anderson
personal note from Larry:
US Small Farm Equipment Co. is not
actually about us, but about a God who watches over us and provides for
us. Where I am today has less to do about me than others who have
influenced my life.
The first persons who influenced my life
for good were my parents. Although we never had a lot of this world's
goods, my dad provided what our family of ten needed. My
“stay at home” mom was always there to help, teach
and even discipline when necessary. Both parents encouraged us to do
our best and expected us to go to college, probably partly because dad
the time I started first grade, a neighbor invited us to go to church
with them. After ten years of regular attendance, church had not had
much inward effect on me. Then, when I was 15, God got my attention
through a Sunday school teacher. I fully realized that the Bible laid
out the fact that everyone, including me, has sinned and come short of
God’s requirements. I was troubled by that for about 6
feared for my eternal destiny yet was ashamed to admit to anyone that I
was not a believer in Jesus Christ. I was miserable. Finally, I gave in
to God’s promptings and trusted Christ as my Lord and Savior
stated in John 3:16.“For God so loved the world that He gave
only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life.”
Outwardly little changed but inwardly I no
longer had the fear of the distant future. I also had a different
perspective and motivation. Being human, I haven’t always
lived up to the standard God has set in the Bible but when I have
failed, I have tried to go back to where I left the path and press
forward. This is based on I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins
He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.”
Another person who has greatly influenced
my life is my wife, DeeDee, whom I met my first year in college.
Presently, she takes care of the bulk of the sales and office work. We
have 3 children, all of them gifts from God with different talents.
Paul, the youngest is our computer expert and keeps our hardware up to
date and operating and bails us out when we need it. Eric the middle
child does virtually all of our shop work including determining
manufacturing methods and nearly all of the fabrication, machining,
welding, and painting. Bonnie our oldest is our counselor in non
technical matters generally not covered by our sons. Without those 4
people, our business would not function.
When I was young, I never would have
thought I would be involved in my present work. The steps taken were
much like walking in a dense fog, feeling my way as much as seeing
where the path was going. I am convinced as I look back that God was
guiding me down this path, preparing me years ago for this work through
my work and living experiences.
Our desire is to honorably serve our
customers in such a way that our commitment to do right before God and
to mankind shows that we truly are followers of Christ. In this effort,
we strive to meet ship dates and deliver equipment that meets our
customer’s needs at a fair price. Some years ago we
determined that we were not in the business of manufacturing small farm
equipment so much as we are in the business of assisting others in
Through our experiences I have learned it
is important to trust God in every part of my life, something difficult
for me since I tend to see problems rather than solutions. I have also
learned to appreciate people and not see them as potential customers
for my profit. I desire to be a blessing to those like you that God
brings across my path. May God bless you in your endeavors.