Organic farming couple honored by White House

ESCONDIDO – An Escondido couple couple who run an organic farm were among a dozen military veterans and their families honored today as ”Champions of Change” by the White House.

Colin and Karen Archipley co-founded Archi’s Acres Organic Farming Enterprise, a seven-year-old, 1-acre certified organic greenhouse operation that grows basil and kale and other thing for Whole Foods.

The couple also created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training Program in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona. Colin Archipley is a combat- decorated Marine Corps sergeant.

”We thought agriculture was a natural fit for a lot of vets — especially those in combat arms, that rifleman or whatever the case may be — where the skills don’t necessarily translate well within the private sector. We think agriculture is a good fit,” Colin Archipley said during a panel discussion.

He said the agriculture sector is growing and could help the high unemployment rate among veterans. He said his long-term goal is to become the largest agricultural employer of veterans.

Veterans need to be careful not to let go of their leadership abilities when they leave the military, because it can be applied to becoming an entrepreneur.

The Champions of Change program was created by the Obama administration as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

5 Responses to "Organic farming couple honored by White House"

  1. Reality Checker   August 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I agree agriculture is a good fit for young ex military. It’s honest work, it’s rewarding work, and you don’t have to have specialized skills or college degrees. Or a lot of money for that matter.

    What I don’t get about all this is, why does it have to be politically correct farming? I mean, get real, please. Organic this, free range that, sustainable the other thing….PLEASE, ENOUGH ALREADY!! Guess what??? If you plant something, water it, watch it grow, it’s just friggin vegetables you can eat. There’s no reason for all this sustainability organic, politically correctness crap. It’s been that for hundreds of years! This is just another case of political correctness out of control, and those that perpetuate it are useful idiots getting used for the stooges they are, unwittingly and ignorantly helping the wacko left to foist thier deranged ideology on the rest of us. And that’s the hard truth of it all.

  2. Support Organic Farming   September 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    What’s wrong with organic farming? I think its a good goal to raise food with as few toxics as possible. It sounds like you #1 are the person with the political agenda.

  3. kma   September 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    KUDOS to Karen and Colin Archipley! I BELIEVE in their efforts!

  4. Useful Idiot   September 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    If I understand the guiding principle of conservatives, it’s that they don’t want the government telling them what to do, or when or where they should do it. Am I close?

    So it seems having a choice about ingesting chemicals on your food or not, would be embraced by conservatives.

    Has all that bug juice affected your judgement Reality Checker, or do you just see the name Obama and lose it?

  5. ZZZ   September 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I understand where Reality Checker is coming from…really ??someone being honored for something we should already be doing? What’s so great about that – looking for recognition for doing the right thing?

    Do we really need to be taught HOW to put seeds in the ground, water and grow? My family was raised on garden veggies – my mama didn’t ‘need’ a trophy, just well fed kids. And we raised cattle on grass, shot deer, moose, elk, bear…they too are ‘grass’ fed and organic!!! LOL


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