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MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Leaves TV to Grow Hydroponics

Dylan Ratigan left his high-profile job at MSNBC in order to pursuer hydroponic growing. Dylan Ratigan left his high-profile job at MSNBC in order to pursuer hydroponic growing.


When his contract with MSNBC was up, Dylan Ratigan shocked many fans when the television host chose to leave television almost altogether (with the exception of some guest spots) to pursue is new calling – growing hydroponic plants to employ veterans and feed the hungry.

Prior to his departure in June 2012, Ratigan has done an interview with a combat veteran who changed Ratigan’s life. According to his blog:

It was a three-tour combat Marine and his protester wife who pointed me in a new direction. They were guests on my show last June discussing how they were bootstrapping their way to operate a high yield hydroponic organic farm that uses 90 percent less water and produces three times as much food.

It was a business that promised to cure “food deserts,” – areas where fresh and healthy food is limited— while having the potential to create jobs for thousands of combat veterans.

After meeting with veterans’ groups over the phone, Ratigan became connected with a farm called Archi’s Acres, an organic hydroponic farm just outside of the Camp Pendleton Marine Basenorth of San Diego. He quickly became a full-time employee, and has since donated much of the funds of his book, Greedy Bastards. Combined with a donation from Whole Foods, those funds allowed Ratigan to help build a “30,000-square-foot farm incubator that can serve as a prototype for job-creating, water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic greenhouses nationwide.”

Archi’s Acres is a well-known local hydroponic farm run by Colin and Karen Archipley. The couple are deeply entrenched in military combat and everything involved, including how difficult it can be for many veterans to find work, especially when they suffer from physical or mental ailments.

Colin Archipley, a Marine rifleman and contributor to RosebudMag.com, began with a small avocado farm, which has blossomed into what they call a “small scale” organic farm, but we think is pretty impressive considering the nature of the industry.

Ratigan said it very well himself, in the note to fans on his blog.

While we are just getting started art our national rollout of Archi’s Acres, I believe all of this is possible if we work together with a shared vision. Together, we can join in a mission to learn, model, and scale to a high-integrity value-based culture. Together, we can heal and evolve America into a sustainable, healthy, and prosperous future.

For more information, visit Archi’s Acres, or Dylan Ratigan’s Website.

To read Colin Archipley’s column at RosebudMag.com, click here - http://www.rosebudmag.com/growers/archi-ponics.

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