Archi's Acres: Farmers, educators
After eight years of military service, fighting and training for combat missions in Iraq, Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley was in real need of a second act. So he and his wife, Karen, bought a small avocado farm in San Diego County. They quickly transitioned to hydroponics to produce basil and organic specialty crops for local markets. Since establishing Archi’s Acres in 2007, they’ve also dedicated themselves to helping returning soldiers adjust to civilian life, educating would-be farmers on the nitty-gritty of growing grub. They function firmly in the belief that food security is synonymous with job security, and they are solving two problems: the need for young farmers to reinvigorate aging farm populations and the need to provide new careers for active-duty soldiers about to leave the military.