Also in attendance at this Garden Party, our first meeting of the Garden Club 2016-7, were our Mira Costa Horticulture Scholarship Winners. On the left is William Lamping, who is studying landscape architecture. On the right is Michael Bradbury, an environmentalist in spirit, who is preparing to become an arborist. Both men have changed careers and have families and said how helpful the scholarships are to further their education.
September 2 General Meeting @Dove Library
SPEAKER: Karen Archipley, Archi’s Acres
Archi’s Acres, Inc. is a farming enterprise that uses hydroponic technology to grow organic produce. Headquartered in Escondido, California, the company is owned and operated by husband and wife team of Colin and Karen Archipley. Colin is a combat-decorated Marine Sergeant and Karen is a previously successful fashion industry entrepreneur. The Archipleys founded Archi’s Acres, Inc. in 2006 with two core objectives:
Develop a business that would provide a business ownership opportunity for veterans; and
Create a viable sustainable organic produce farming business.
Our year was off to an excellent start. Our Speaker, Karen Archipley, with great passion explained the history of Archi's Acres. While her husband was serving in Iraq, the couple purchased land which had many avocado trees in 2006 with specific plans for their future. After their first month's water bill of $800, their plans changed to sustainable agriculture and that has been the focus every since. Their speciality has been bazil and thir produce is sold at the Hillcreat Farmer's Market and to local grocery stores. On top of that they initiated an educational program to train transitioning veterans to become hydro organic farmers. They found an entitlement program where vets could receive 20 acres of farmland and they provide them with training and guidance. Our Officers will lookinto arranging a tour of their facility. See photo of Karen (left) with our President and the beautiful arrangement from Cindy's garden.
A motion was carried to change the meeting time to 1PM.
Our continuingfundraising plans will include our ongoing relationship with the AHLF, "save your change" in a jar scholarship program and participation in the Dove Library December Book Sale. Get potting! The meeting ended with a lively discussion of Members' gardening questions.
The Carlsbad Garden Club is a 501(c)3 Club #CO776898, and our FEIN is #77-0720491
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