Dan Corrigan, Karen Myers and Archie Welch created Corganic after conquering their own personal health challenges. Dan lived with a chronic digestive disorder that kept him underweight even while consuming double and triple the calories of an average person of his height and stature. Karen and her baby daughter were diagnosed with debilitating and all-consuming Lyme. Archie’s daughter was diagnosed with Type I (juvenile) diabetes at age 12, which prompted him to investigate if there was more he could do to help, aside from giving her insulin for the rest of her life.
While the three cofounders did not yet know each other, they were on similar paths. Dismayed and finding no answers with the conventional medical system and realizing our food system is broken, they all set about learning and going through various diets, detox programs and health regimens. They became involved with the local food movement and consuming organic and pasture-raised foods. They learned about traditional cultural diets, healing without pharmaceutical drugs and understanding the connection between what we eat and our health.
In January 2008, Archie’s wife, Deidre Currie-Welch, suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away. As a memorial to Deidre, Archie planned a festival in her honor featuring some of the top speakers in the holistic food and health movement, along with an amazing farmers market of local foods. As the word spread through the real food community, Dan, Karen and several others stepped up to help plan the event. It was during the planning sessions the three cofounders of Corganic became friends. After the success of the Deidre Currie Festival, Dan went on to distribute GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) books, probiotics and fish oil. Soon after, he asked Archie and Karen to join him and together they formed Corganic, an online health food retailer, as well as Organic 3, a premier supplement company.
Having cut their teeth on the real food and local food movements, empowered by the work of nutrition pioneers and sensitive to the needs of those with chronic illness, the philosophy of Corganic became crystal clear: Only offer the highest quality, most effective foods and supplements.
Our story isn’t over. As we persevere on our own personal journeys, we continue to gain wisdom and evolve. This will undoubtedly be highlighted on our site. And this is why we embrace our motto - a true reflection of our personal lives and devotion to our customers: When you know better, do better.