Would you like to help us plant the seeds of change in the Green Bay community? If you’re passionate about our urban farming project, access to fresh local food, and widespread community education, join others in lending a hand. All funds directly contribute to our growing site and outreach efforts. No donation is too small—every little bit helps us to spread our love of fresh produce to Green Bay. Donate securely through PayPal by clicking the button below. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. If you donate through our secure page pictured below, a tax receipt will be sent through email.

By donating to The Farmory, you are not only breathing life back into an historical armory building, you are changing the face of our local food system. The Farmory will INSPIRE community members to grow their own food by inviting them to see first-hand how to grow with sustainable aquaponics techniques. The Farmory will GROW fish scientists, local growers, and passionate community members who will work to improve our local food economy.

With just one system in operation, volunteers are currently:

  • Gaining employment skills and a positive work history
  • Learning food growing skills by trading labor for fresh food in our Barter Garden
  • Attending workshops to learn many different food growing techniques, build a home aquaponics system, and make many different things such as a vermicomposting bin or kombucha tea. Since our inception we’ve taught 11 workshops to a total of 185 people
  • Our newest system in the West De Pere High School will provide students the opportunity to learn sustainable food growing skills and be inspired to build a career in agriculture

Once fully operational, The Farmory will provide additional opportunities to:

  • Volunteer and gain employment skills and a positive work history
  • Earn a scholarship to NWTC to continue in your learning journey
  • Earn a scholarship to E-Hub Entrepreneurial classes so that your business idea can come to life
  • Earn materials for your very own hoop house so that your family has fresh food year-round

Are you someone who likes to look at cold, hard proof before jumping in to support a cause? Take a look at our tab “Why We Need The Farmory” for surprising facts and figures from recent studies done in Brown County.

Our Farmory “Wish List”

The Farmory is transforming a blighted and historic building into a world class indoor urban aquaponics farm and fish hatchery. To complete our project we are looking for donations of all kinds – both cash and in-kind – to acquire all of the below equipment, supplies and services. All leadership contributions are eligible for a naming opportunity. Please contact Claire Thompson at (920) 593-3708 or if you would like to discuss a contribution or naming opportunity for your

*A big thank you to Tara for the gardening gloves, Lincoln & Donna for the tomato cages, Janyne for the garbage bags, Ziploc bags, and microscope, Flo for the fingerling transport tank, and Michelle for the rolling composter!


1. Professional Expertise and Services

a) Carpentry work to professionally install windows and other small odd projects

b) CAD and engineering design – blow-molded plastic prototype development

c) Workflow Management and Design Expertise – manufacturing and agricultural specific spatial layout

d) Controlled Climate Agriculture Systems Design – web-based integrated sensor technology for both aquaculture and aquaponics

e) Plumbing services to connect sinks and other equipment as they are acquired

f) Electrical services to connect equipment as they are acquired

g) Landscaping and earthmoving for exterior h) Concrete work – spot applications as needed


2. Equipment

a) Handwashing sinks (multiple), soap dispensers, single use towel dispensers

b) Bathroom fixtures – stalls, toilets, sinks, etc

c) Viewing Windows – for our biosecure hatchery

d) Fish tanks – hatchery larval and fingerling systems, grow out tanks for aquaponics systems, various materials (stainless steel, plastic, fiberglass) are preferred

e) Water chillers/heaters, pumps, and biological filters for aquatic ecosystems

f) PVC piping and PEX tubing, valves, connectors, joints, etc – hundreds of linear feet

g) LED Lights specific to horticultural growing applications

h) LED light fixtures for building ambient and spot lighting, exit lighting, etc

i) Solar panels for a roof mounted system to offset electric needs

j) Solar awning for front of building/entrance

k) Electrical wiring, outlets

l) Pallet racking systems – up to 700 linear feet m) Pallet jack

n) Fork lift o) Platforms, lifts, conveyors specific to our work needs

p) Fire extinguishers

q) Stainless steel washing sinks – large utility or commercial kitchen style

r) Walk-in cooler/freezer panels and doors. Refrigerator/Freezer condenser units for our walk-ins.

s) Hoses, hose reels, and hose nozzles – heavy duty farm/commercial grade, food safe

t) Germination chamber(s) for seedling starts

u) Heavy duty shelving and storage systems that will withstand a high moisture environment

v) Digital sensors and computer systems to track key environmental controls

w) Office furniture and decorating for entrance lobby and offices

x) Freight elevator y) Tools, and a tool “box” – moderate to heavy duty hand and power tools for everyday service


3. Supplies

a) Underlayment materials for our exterior siding project – foam board, channeling, hardware

b) Cleaning, sanitation and disinfectant solutions (e.g. VirkonS, Zep Proxy, etc)

c) Rags, cleaning brushes

d) Disinfectant mats

e) Hand soap, paper towels

f) Grow media for varied applications

g) Food safe plastic harvesting containers with lids

h) Harvesting knives and scissors