Today on “The American Dream,” I’m joined by host Molly O’Dell at the Alpha Square building in Downtown’s East Village to talk with Ivan Corona, the executive director and co-founder of Urban Growth.

Urban Growth is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the application of hydroponics in urban environments. Alpha Square is a building that was built for permanent supportive housing for low-income residents, so Urban Growth decided to build a garden on top of their roof so that the residents could enjoy healthy, fresh food. They call their garden “Project Alpha,” and in the coming months, they plan on doubling their production. 

In case you don’t know, hydroponics is the process of growing food without soil. Urban Growth uses a nutrient solution to feed the plants, and since they’re already on the roof, they have all the sunlight they need. 

“They call their garden “Project Alpha,” and in the coming months, they plan on doubling their production.”

This subject is near and dear to my heart, and we’re hosting an event at our office on June 15 at 1 p.m. with San Diego Hydroponics & Organics where they’ll be teaching a Hydroponics 101 class. All the proceeds from this event will go toward helping Urban Growth provide low-income residents with nutritious produce they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, so I invite you to join us. 

If you’d like to know more about Urban Growth, you can visit them on their website www.urbangrowth.farm or check them out on Instagram. 

If you have any more questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to speak with you.