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.

A fish story with a catch: Helping people out of poverty

GREEN BAY — Perch — it’s a mainstay of the Friday night fish fry in northeast Wisconsin, especially during Lent.

But who knew that the perch could also provide a leg up to people striving to work their way out of poverty.

We are so grateful for all of your support! You helped us reach our ambitious goal of raising at least $30,000 for the Giving Tuesday campaign!

We would also like to thank Bernie and Alyce Dahlin for their generous challenge matching gift! Checks are still coming in, and we will let you know the total funds raised for this campaign very soon. What an incredible impact in just one day!

Thanks to your donations, we will be able to Clad the Farmory and double the number of education and training experiences offered next year!

Farmory Developing Commercial Yellow Perch Hatchery

Wisconsin aquaculture is languishing, said Ken Webb, a research associate at UW-Green Bay.

“There are some pilot farms, some small farms here and there,” he said. “But when you think of catfish farms down in the Mississippi delta, you think of hundreds and thousands of acres of fish. Well, we don’t have that here.”

Aquaponic Efforts at Oneida Nation and The Farmory

Researchers in Green Bay hope to reduce the cost of Wisconsin’s traditional Friday night fish fry by working with The Farmory — a local nonprofit based in downtown Green Bay — to set up breeding tanks for the popular yellow perch, which is becoming hard to find in the wild.

Aquaponic Efforts at Oneida Nation and The Farmory

It’s no joke that here in Wisconsin we see some harsh winters. The climate calls for below zero temperatures, blizzards; and even snowfall and freezing temperatures into April. Because of that, some farmers in Green Bay have taken to a different style of farming: Aquaponics.

UWGB & The Farmory to Open first Commercial Year-round Fish Hatchery

In a unique partnership with biologists from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, The Farmory plans to open Wisconsin’s first research-based, full-scale year-round commercial fish hatchery this winter.

Commercial Fish Hatchery Coming to The Farmory

Farmory & UWGB Associate Researcher, ‘Fish Guy’ Ken Webb is interviewed by WBAY and describes the development of our full-scale,  year-round, commercial fish hatchery.