The Farmory is a campaign to bring local, sustainable, and indoor agriculture to Green Bay and the larger Northeast Wisconsin region. By converting an empty former armory building into a 20,000 square foot indoor vertical aquaponics farm, this non-profit will offer fresh fish and produce year-round, and provide area residents with educational resources on sustainability and self-sufficiency.
The Farmory’s goal is to build a more sustainable and self-reliant community through growing good food, growing growers, and growing job skills & entrepreneurial opportunities.
Growing Good Food: Our team is working to invigorate the local food system on the institutional level. We’re already producing and distributing 200 pounds of organic, sustainably grown food per year, with just one grow system in operation. Once fully operational, we’ll be producing up to 173,000 pounds of mixed salad greens and 42,000 market sized yellow perch per year. Our food is already being sold to schools, health care institutions, and restaurants. Once all 50 systems are in operation, The Farmory will be self-sustaining.“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Growing Growers: What used to be such a basic life skill is now lost to many people. Growing our own food can save money, provide better quality nutritious food, and lessen our dependence on the current chemically intensive, GMO-friendly, unsustainably operated food system. Through hands-on volunteer opportunities, classroom lessons, and workshops The Farmory will inspire people to grow food and consider a career in agriculture. Our team is working with surrounding school districts to build aquaponics systems and hoop houses to provide students with the opportunity to learn an essential life skill. Check out our West De Pere High School system (video below). “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Growing Job Skills & Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Great food can’t grow itself – but you know who can grow food? Everyone! The Farmory’s 50 soil-based aquaponics systems will be cared for by 200 volunteers every year. Community residents who are looking for positive recent work history, soft employment skill development, and hands-on training in agriculture will find The Farmory a unique experience. Volunteers who discover a love for farming will earn a scholarship attend E-Hub’s Entrepreneurial trainings and launch their own business.
Saving the Friday Fish Fry
A non-profit is paving the way for local fish farming families to once again harvest perch in our state.
The decline of the wild fish population started in the 1980’s and has not rebounded. Almost 100% of the perch on your plate at the local supper club is imported from Canada.
Now, a few tanks in an old military building could be the key to a new industry.
The Farmory has successfully hatched yellow perch in the first commercial, bio-secure, yellow perch fish hatchery in the state of Wisconsin.
By just the second year of operations, the hatchery will produce 500,000 yellow perch fingerlings per year. These fingerlings will be sold to aquaculture or aquaponics farms in our region with the aim of rebuilding perch stock across the region.
Want to eat salmon, trout and tilapia from fish farmers and fishing boats? Wisconsinites have more options.
When it comes to the food on our table, it’s easier than ever to make a connection to where it comes from in Wisconsin. That’s surprisingly true even when it comes to seafood.
Of course, there are plenty of sports fishermen here eating what they catch in our lakes, rivers and streams. But for those of us who may not fish, or for the times when you can’t, there are still plenty of accessible, and sustainable, options.
Good fish starts at the source, and here in Wisconsin, we’re at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, sourcing and fish.
Northern Wisconsin happens to be home to the nation’s largest aquaponics facility, Superior Fresh, where it is raising both Atlantic and steelhead salmon along with greens.
Numerous Organizations, Sponsors & Donors help Farmory Grow
Numerous organizations, sponsors, and donors have helped us grow into what The Farmory is today! Today we want to give special shout-outs to three very important partnerships: UW-Green Bay and specifically the UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering, and Technology , WiSys and Woods and Waters Fish Farm. Without these partnerships, The Farmory would not be possible.
UWGB for their partnership in opening Wisconsin’s first research-based, full-scale year-round commercial fish hatchery. We couldn’t have accomplished all that we have without you!
WiSys granted The Farmory funding for our post-doctoral research associate, Dr. Ken Webb. Thank you to Dr. Webb and the funding from WiSys for helping us hatch and raise our yellow perch!
Woods & Waters Fish Farm provided us the egg skeins necessary to hatch our yellow perch. Thank you, Woods & Waters Fish Farm, for your donation that helped us kick-start our yellow perch fish hatchery!
Thank you to these three partnerships; we are excited to continue our relationships in the future!