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The Armory at 815 Chicago Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin was long used by area military branches for training and storage. In the early 70s, operations were moved elsewhere and the building began a slow decline. Today, NeighborWorks Green Bay seeks to renovate the 20,000 square foot structure and partner with E-Hub, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), the Volunteer Center of Brown County, Forward Service Corporation, Growing Power, and others to develop an indoor farm and agri-business entrepreneurial program at the location – targeting low and moderate income residents and veterans seeking to learn farming, improve their job skills, or start a new career or business.

Participants will learn state of the art indoor farming techniques and engage in hands-on operation of the Farmory’s crop production, including planting, harvesting packaging, and sales. Graduates of the program will earn benefits, including scholarships to NWTC or the E-Hub program to further their education. After an initial period the Farmory will operate without charitable subsidies, paying all operating costs and funding program benefits through profitable sale of produce.

Tour the Farmory

Tours of the Farmory will now take place every Wednesday at Noon.

Tours are by reservation only so please make sure to call or email ahead of time.

RSVP to alex@nwgreenbay.org or call 920-448-3075.

Tours are at no cost to you and will last no more than 30 minutes.

Meet in NeighborWorks Green Bay’s front lobby for your tour.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Project Status
50%
fall 2015
feb 2016
March 2016
july 2016
Feb 2017
oct 2017

Milestones

Fall 2015– Regular Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation meetings begin to finalize the Farmory details.

February 2016– Public launch at the Farmory Open House.

  • Test grow system became operational.
  • 400+ people came through our doors in 2 hours through only the use of social media, and a single day of local news interviews to spread the word.

March 2016– Volunteer committees staffed with 62 active volunteers.

July 2016– Fund development/fundraising kick-off.

  • 3 million dollars to raise!

February 2017*- Renovations begin.

October 2017*- Farmory doors open!

 

*Proposed dates

The Farmory Before and After

The Farmory Before
The Farmory After- SMET Rendering

The Urban Partnership CDC (a subsidiary of NeighborWorks Green Bay) is seeking additional talent to shape the governing body for this enterprise. Individuals with expertise in food service, agriculture, business, and job programs or related activity are being sought. Interested persons should contact Alex Smith, Farmory Program Manager at 920-448-3075 or alex@nwgreenbay.org. Media inquiries to Sue Premo at sue@nwgreenbay.org or 920-593-3714. If you would like to become involved with the planning for the Farmory or provide financial support, please contact info@nwgreenbay.org or 920-448-3075.