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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.


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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.