Archi’s Acres, Inc. is a USDA certified HydroOrganic farming enterprise This water-wise and highly efficient farming enterprise headquartered in Escondido California, the company is owned and operated by husband and wife team of Colin and Karen Archipley. The Archipley’s are a unique combination of talent, vision, commitment and success. Colin is a combat-decorated Marine Sergeant and Karen is a previously successful fashion industry entrepreneur. The Archipley’s founded Archi’s Acres, Inc. in 2006 with two core objectives:
-The first was to create a viable sustainable organic produce farming business.
-The second develop a business that would provide entrepreneur opportunities for veterans in sustainable organic agriculture.
With unwavering commitment to their vision, Colin and Karen have effected changes over the last 12 years in both veteran benefits and U.S. agriculture policy by bringing to light the many issues that veterans face when they leave the military and choose farming as a career. Today Veterans can use their VA home loan to purchase a farm, and current military service members can train in sustainable organic agriculture while on active duty.
Archi’s Acres, Inc. is a USDA-certified organic greenhouse operation, which grows living basil, cut kale, chard, and other produce. Archi’s methods of crop production are not only highly efficient, they also maximize available natural resources, and capitalize on local sales distribution channels.
Archi’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture has partnered with Cal Poly Pomona’s College of the Extended University to create a one-of-a-kind fully accredited agricultural certificate program. This six-week program is designed to introduce students from propagation to market, to include food safety and good agricultural practices.
The certificate program includes six Cal Poly Pomona courses which earn students 17 units of academic credit, in addition to receiving the certificate’s.