Food for Thought
Student researchers are playing key roles in one grad’s creative effort to provide urban residents with improved access to healthy food
At first glance, Green Bay would seem to be immune from the sort of healthy food-access issues more commonly found in bigger cities. Major grocery retailers are plentiful around the perimeter of the city, but therein lies the challenge: Residents of inner-city neighborhoods exist in what has become a food desert, where unhealthy, processed foods are often the only available choices.
Farmory sells mixed greens to Cannery
Adrienne Winter, Cannery general manager, said the partnership helps fill a notorious gap in the supply of produce during Wisconsin’s cold winter months.
The Farmory is still one year away from its grand opening but Thursday night, it opened its doors to give the public a peek at what’s happening inside.
The open house included an update about the project, which aims to bring sustainable indoor agriculture to Green Bay.
Urban farming is often viewed primarily as a food production solution, but the benefits of urban farming are much larger than that.
As an example, commercial urban farming projects are correlated with higher property values within a mile radius, and neighborhoods with these same urban farming projects are more likely to be socioeconomically diverse.
The concept is to create an indoor farm system.
Some food will be grown by using hydroponics, which is growing plants in water, without soil.
Officials say many people get the credit for helping to reach this point.
The United States Conference of Mayors has awarded a $50,000 grant to NeighborWorks Green Bay to a stalled project to convert an aging building into an urban, indoor farm.