From Basque to English, “arkitu” translates to “find you”. As an app, Arkitu was developed to help you find exactly what you want at “dynamic markets”. The app allows farmers to create unique profiles that enable shoppers to easily locate vendors at farmers’ markets. Arkitu Founder Cameron Sluggett has built a tool to streamline communication between shoppers and farmers. In this way, he hopes to facilitate conversation about where your food comes from and shine a light on the people who grow it. Sluggett believes our country is built on farmers and does not feel they garner enough credit for their contributions. He aims to bring more people to farmers’ markets where they can purchase local produce.
As a shopper, once you download the app, you have full access to the vendors at a market. For example, if you are specifically looking for kale, you type your search into Arkitu and it will display all the farmers who are selling kale that night. Based on your location, Arkitu will then draw a line to the vendors with kale, taking you directly to your needs. Founder Sluggett has a vision for progress and growth. Having only launched in January, Arkitu is already active in all five markets in SLO and in four North County markets. He is originally from Oakdale, California, but was drawn to San Luis Obispo. Asserts Cameron: “SLO has agriculture, start-up culture, and technology - the three core things to make this work.” He arrived in SLO last summer to share early ideas about Arkitu at the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market. After hearing his idea, someone approached Sluggett, asking about his affiliation with business incubator SLO HotHouse. However, at the time, Sluggett did not know the HotHouse existed. Intrigued, Sluggett quickly did his research, applied, and was accepted! With a love for farmers’ markets, Sluggett is ecstatic to be in Downtown San Luis Obispo. In the end, all he wants is to help vendors and consumers by creating a more enjoyable market experience for all parties. Download Arkitu (available on iOS) before visiting the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and visit Sluggett’s booth while you’re there! Learn more at arkitu.co.