Arkopia Farm And Freeze Dry is owned by Dean and Jessica Sopher; a husband and wife team who have a passion for self sufficiency, sustainable farming, health, and food. We were married in August of 2013 and since then have worked as an incredible team to build the life that we wanted. We sold our expensive house in the city and used those resources to build a working farm with a small house, instead of a big expensive house with no land and no working farm. We both have different skill sets and abilities that work perfectly together to allow us to operate a successful and sustainable business and life. Also introducing Maverick, the newest member to our team!
Since the purchase of bare land in 2012, we have worked tirelessly and lived as frugally as possible to build something of actual value and sustainability including fixing the soil through cover crops and heavy mulch, planting orchards and shelter belts, and experimenting with permaculture and organic principals. We have installed infrastructure, built a state-of-the-art shop, a passive greenhouse, a goat barn, a chicken barn, a pig barn, fenced natural grassland pastures with field fencing to accommodate any type of free range animals, and finally built ourselves a small passive solar house. When we say that "we built" these things, we mean it: Everything was built with with our own hands, blood, sweat, and money.
We have always grown and raised our own food and preserved it by canning, dehydrating, smoking, and freezing, until we learned about how much of the nutrition we were destroying using these old-school methods, and finally discovering the freeze drying process. We have been freeze drying for ourselves for a full 3 years prior to officially starting Arkopia, and now have a proven track record of long-lasting and high-quality food. We love the concept so much that we have invented and developed a great many products over the years, but have struggled to find a way to combine high quality with affordability. Growing food in the best way possible, preserving it in the best way possible, and then finally packaging it in the highest quality packaging makes it very difficult to turn into a business and provide the products to consumers for prices that are affordable. After years of research and development and fine-tuning our methods, we have managed to combine high quality, affordability, and volume. We now have contacts with other great producers and suppliers around the world who help us help our customers.
We have received NO government grants or funding for any aspect of our operation and are very proud to be part of the last remnants of the free market.
Having extensive experience with other businesses, real estate, home building, rental properties, land investments, the stock markets, precious metals, and many other investments and projects has given us a clear overall view of the world situation based on actual experience. We recognize the value in producing an actual physical product that is second to none, consumable, healthy, shelf stable, extremely long lasting, and in the industry that subject to the most inflation year after year. We have chosen to protect ourselves and those around us with what we believe to be the best investment in volatile and changing times: Healthy Food Security.
And finally, we are now capable and very pleased to be able to provide great products to everyone who wants to consume healthy food, and also those who have the foresight to help themselves by storing food in case of an emergency. Although our initial market was the preparedness community and outdoor enthusiasts, we are pleased to bring our shelf-stable high-end products for prices that suit the everyday consumer and can be enjoyed on a daily basis. We believe that we are defining the next generation of healthy, shelf-stable, lightweight, zero-waste food products.