Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work
Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, celebrate Memorial Day daily by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veteran Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps.
This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses.