Former MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan Quit New York To Work On Hydroponic Organic Farm

You won’t believe where former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has been.

Ratigan left MSNBC in the middle of last year, having spent eighteen years in New York City and “the chaos surrounding the hollow political debates permeating America’s media and politics,” as he put it on Wednesday in his first blog post since June. In the same post, Ratigan filled people in on his life since. He’s gone all in for high-yield hydroponic farming.

He learned about the topic from an Iraq war veteran and his wife, who were guests on Ratigan’s show last June and discussed, as Ratigan now puts it, “how they were bootstrapping their way to operate a high-yield hydroponic organic farm that uses 90% less water and produces three times as much food.” Ratigan decided to join their cause.

“Since I left MSNBC and dylanratigan.com last June, I first started working with these inspiring visionary veterans on the phone, and then in person to expand their dream and help turn it into a reality,” Ratigan wrote. “The process alone has restored meaning and purpose in my life, my health and spirit have taken on a renewed vitality and, because of my time with you, I have had the opportunity and privilege to literally put my money where my mouth is.”

Ratigan went on:

Last Fall, I moved from NYC to north San Diego County, just outside of the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, to work full-time with Colin and Karen Archipley at their hydroponic organic farm, “Archi’s Acres.” After realizing how impressive their ideas and effectiveness are, I decided to invest the money that I earned for writing Greedy Bastards (which when combined with a loan from Whole Foods) to  build a 30,000 square foot “farm incubator” that can serve as the prototype for job-creating,  water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic organic greenhouses nationwide. We’ve even enlisted Major General Melvin Spiese and his wife Filomena to join us in support of our mission to make this program more diverse and robust enough to build it into a nationwide network. 

Read Ratigan’s whole post here

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