US (CT): Bridgeport hydroponic farm to receive $1 million federal grant

A planned hydroponic farm at the former site of one of the city’s most blighted spots got a $1 million boost from the federal government Wednesday.

“What used to be an eyesore, Mt. Trashmore, not just an eyesore, but a dangerous eyesore, a contaminated eyesore that was challenging the health of everybody in this community, will be the subject of a renewal that will grow food for the community,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes Wednesday at the site of a planned hydroponic farm on Central Avenue, in the city’s East Side.

Himes, along with other state and local officials, was on hand to announce the farm and a community outreach center would receive the additional funds. The location is especially important, officials said, since the area is poorly served by grocery stores.

The farm, which was previously announced early in 2021, would consist of shipping containers where produce would be grown using hydroponics, where plants are grown using a mixture of nutrients in water instead of soil. Joe Alverez, the owner of High Ridge Hydroponics, which will operate the farm, said the new farm will also have an educational component.

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