The issue of how best to improve the quality of life in East End of Bridgeport, CT has long frustrated residents and City officials.
BOOT CAMP FARMS has developed an innovative solution for a community in transition that has been blighted for a generation by four acres of notorious brownfields which had a become a national urban legend of environmental degradation.
Our Urban Agriculture Center will include an 80,000 sq. ft state of the art hydroponic greenhouse that will provide about 800,000 pounds of high quality produce for commercial sale as well as an adjacent retail center that will sell subsidized food to the residents of Bridgeport, helping to alleviate an ‘urban food desert’ - a community that lacks supermarkets stocked with high quality food.
A community center will also be constructed next to the retail center where an extension program of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture will train the greenhouse farmers, offer agriculture courses to the community and show local schoolchildren the benefits of sustainable agriculture.
In addition to creating dozens of jobs, the Urban Agriculture Center will be a model of sustainability by recycling at least 90% of the water used for growing and requiring no pesticides.
BOOT CAMP FARMS expects to construct an additional six Urban Agriculture Centers in Connecticut over the next three years as well as a national rollout of state of the art hydroponic greenhouses, the future of food production in America.
BOOT CAMP FARMS will be breaking ground on its second facility, BOOT CAMP FARMS BETHANY, in Bethany, CT in the first quarter of 2014. This facility will begin at 80,000 sq. ft with room for expansion up to five acres. BOOT CAMP FARMS BETHANY will be part of a large scale agriculture campus that will include cutting edge agricultural research and teaching.