What exactly is The Farmory? We’re run by a group of food-minded people bringing healthy food to the local level. We’re working to raise the funds to convert the old armory building at 815 Chicago Street into a self-sustaining, year-round indoor agriculture center. We’re partnering with some of Green Bay’s environmental and educational heavyweights, including Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), E-Hub’s Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center, NeighborWorks Green Bay, University of Green Bay (UWGB), Forward Service Corporation, the Volunteer Center of Brown County, and UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Science.
We’re working closely with Will Allen from Wisconsin’s own Growing Power; a dynamic indoor growing space that’s been feeding Milwaukee and sprouting gardens all over their city. Although our model is a little different, we’re still growing produce using aquaponics, a method of growing food which uses water from fish tanks to fertilize plants. The plants soak up the fish-processed nutrients, filtering the water that returns to the fish—it’s a renewable, sustainable cycle that benefits everyone!
As part of this model, we’re also developing what will be the state’s first and only yellow perch hatchery. This incubator for perch will be run in collaboration with UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Science, UW-Green Bay, and Growing Power. We’ll be receiving eggs from the School of Freshwater Science, where they have a patented technique that allows them to spawn yellow perch throughout the year. We’ll grow the eggs into fingerlings—young, small perch—which we’ll then use in our tanks, while selling the remainder to fish growing operations throughout the Wisconsin and Midwestern region.
We’re changing the way we talk—and think!—about food. We’re bringing organically home-grown food into homes throughout our community. We want to model ways of growing, eating, and living to those around us through education and outreach. We believe that we can strengthen people physically, mentally, and spiritually through fresh produce, community service, and local education. We’re excited to be on this journey and we hope you’ll get involved!