About Us

When Jacob Lozovik Carmi took his grandson John out to the orange groves (circa 1940, above), I doubt he could imagine that seventy-seven years and four generations later the family would still make its livelihood by growing crops; yet here we are, still strong (same John with his own grandson Ido, at Milestone’s main facility, 2001). I asked my father what he remembers from working with his grandpa on the farm. He said, “you know, it’s the most unpleasant tasks that come to mind: digging irrigation ditches and pruning roses. Somehow, though, so many years removed, they all seem like great memories and not the torturous tasks they truly used to be.”

 

 

So here we are the fourth generation of Carmi’s living off the land. The groves are gone, as are the roses (and the dairy cows); Citrus was replaced with foliage, irrigation ditches with PVC pipes. Yet the heart of the matter remains: we spend every day laboring to try and produce beautiful green goods that people will appreciate and love, so much that they reward us with some of their hard-earned cash in exchange.

 

When John Carmi founded Milestone in 1988, he had been mostly removed from Agriculture for quite a while. An MIT graduate, world traveler, entrepreneur and adventurer, he started the business to capitalize on an opportunity to bring together Israel’s advanced fern TC technology with the U.S. market. Starting off at a rented 10,000 SF facility in the old “Treehouse” location in downtown Apopka, he initially focused on importing 273 cp Boston liners and transplanting into 72 cells. As the business evolved and grew, Milestone expanded initially to 40,000 SF at the same location, and eventually to its maximum size, with nearly 6 acres undercover on 50 acres of land. The company regularly ranked among the world's largest fern producers, with at least 5 million fern liners and a million potted ferns consistently grown and sold every year since 2002.

 

My wife Revi & I joined the business in 1998. While through my high-school years I was involved in the greenhouse and hydroponic vegetable production, I spent the first few years of my post-military career away from agriculture (guess it takes the distance to appreciate what you have…) Eventually, I came to my senses (or as some would claim, lost my mind) and joined the family farm. I completed my education in Horticulture / Business at Florida Southern and labored my way through the ranks as an assistant grower, section grower, head grower, and operations manager into eventually allowing my father to retire and taking over management of the company.  

 

In late 2013, we were able to complete the transition from the family-owned Milestone to our personal endeavor, ARC Ferns. In our new company, we keep the tradition and pride ourselves on 25 years of experience in fern and fern liner production. We strive to be widely accepted as the best fern supplier on the planet, and for:

 

1. Supplying unparalleled quality

2. Maintaining superb order-fulfillment ratios

3. Providing the best customer support, service, and experience.

 

 

In everything that we do, from how we grow our plants, through how we treat our customers and employees and how we deal with our vendors and creditors, I cannot help but wonder whether we would make great-Grandpa Jacob proud.

 

I sure hope so. 

 

Dan Carmi

President

ARC Ferns, LLC

Meet The Team

Dan Carmi

Office Phone: 407-889-7868

Cell: 407-832-2049

Email: dan@arcferns.com

Revi Carmi

Office Phone: 407-889-7868

Cell: 407-832-2056

Email: revi@arcferns.com

Christine Kuerth

Office Phone: 407-889-7868

Cell: 407-832-2050

Email: christine@arcferns.com

19225481_10209601929705060_1689205369689
10436243_10152463610946698_7939047691640
1914412_140558621697_8140001_n
10177925_10205316128682713_1330011708392
551861_10151125339301698_1829464462_n
177016_10151240234836698_441677662_o
79829511_10215952107295531_6895182677872
78953786_10215952108535562_8336770029659
48379774_10213554926327505_8234260687996
40666664_10212864711072555_4531055884415
48398951_10213554922087399_3196487117505
20431432_10209957407071772_8659110497775
48893342_10213554923447433_5549203565836
37219827_10212537361889030_4624481413196
Saba_Saba2_1__edited

Wholesale Fern Propagators

4707 Oak Hill Street | Apopka, Florida 32712

Phone: 800-215-2210 | Fax: 407-889-5443 | Info@ARCFerns.com

Office Hours | Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Shipping & Receiving Hours |  Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM 

With over 30 years’ experience and over 200 million ferns sold, ARC is North America’s premiere fern propagator.  We strive, daily, to supply the best quality, service, and value.

 

 

A Family Tradition Since 1988. 

48893342_10213554923447433_5549203565836