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.