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UW-Green Bay and The Farmory to open first commercial year-round fish hatchery

Green Bay, Wis. — In a unique partnership with biologists from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, The Farmory plans to open Wisconsin’s first research-based, full-scale year-round commercial fish hatchery this winter.

The first of its kind in the state, the partnership combines UW-Green Bay’s faculty and student expertise, along with The Farmory’s innovative indoor vertical aquaponics system and large hatchery space. Fresh, locally-grown perch will once again be available to area restaurants and provide opportunities for local commercial fish entrepreneurs.

Our 'Fish Guy', Ken Webb is interviewed by WBAY.

Farmory & UWGB Associate Researcher, ‘Fish Guy’ Ken Webb is interviewed by WBAY and describes the development of our full-scale,  year-round, commercial fish hatchery.


Construction Update!

The concrete floor is out! The workers are completing sewer and plumbing installation, and gravel is getting poured. We hope to have new concrete floors very soon!


Welcome Allison & Ryan!

We are happy to welcome both Ryan and Allison Hellenbrand to The Farmory team! They are both AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers completing their national service year with us. Ryan is assigned full time to The Farmory and Allison is splitting her time between Farmory and Neighborworks Green Bay.

Ryan will be working on developing the Farmory’s operational procedures as the Phase 2 buildout progresses, as well as playing a role in the coordination of educational events and curriculum integration with local schools.  Ryan can be reached at or 920-544-0789.

Allison serves as a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member with NeighborWorks Green Bay and The Farmory. She helps both agencies by increasing their volunteer capacity through strategic partnership and engagement within Green Bay and the surrounding communities.

Allison can be reached at or 920-593-3714.

And in case you were wondering, yes, they are married! We are so fortunate to host these amazing volunteers. Please stop in or call and say hello!



Green Bay Schools Spur Expansion of Indoor Growing Operations

It’s always exciting to learn how innovative and creative the Greater Green Bay community is, even if it isn’t aware it’s happening.

Case in point, our community is making the availability of fresh, local produce year-round a priority. We see it by the turnout at our farmers markets. We see it in our grade schools, high schools and higher education institutions. What may be most exciting is how our community doesn’t let the harsh winters of northeastern Wisconsin stop fresh produce from ending up in a meal even when gardens are covered in snow and bitter cold temperatures keep us in our homes.

It’s inside these same places that keep us warm that we have successful indoor gardening efforts taking place throughout Greater Green Bay, especially in our schools.


Partners in Education: Aquaponics

WEST DE PERE, Wis. – “I think it’s going to be hundreds, we take kids in our culinary program introduction to food programs, ag science courses biology other advance horticulture type classes landscape courses so all those kids are going to be a part of this experience,” said Russell Gerke – Principal at W. De Pere High School

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Hydrating the Food Desert

The Farmory in downtown Green Bay is a “farm with a social mission,” in the words of Program Director, Alex Smith. The historic armory turned “farmory” is being used to demonstrate to the community how the centuries old practice of farming can address the growing problem of food security in many of today’s urban areas. Unknown to many, downtown Green Bay is in the heart of a “food desert” — a designation given to areas where residents are anywhere from a half-mile to a mile away from a grocery store that stocks fresh produce. Through the collaborative work and knowledge of food professionals — community organizations and UW-Green Bay experts — water, food and more are making a return to the desert.  Read more on page 23.


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.


15 Projects Make Stadium Tax Cut

The National Railroad Museum, Children’s Museum of Green Bay and The Farmory are among 15 projects recommended to get a slice of $1 million in excess stadium tax money.


Local Indoor Farm Hosts Open House

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.


How The Farmory helps low income urban residents using aquaponics

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.

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Farmory in Green Bay Continues to Grow

From armory to Farmory, until last year, there wasn’t much use for the 20,000 square foot building on Green Bay’s east side.

Now it’s becoming a place for plants to grow.

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Will Allen a Key Player in Farmory

Food revolutionary, Will Allen, will be speaking at the upcoming Open House for The Farmory. The Farmory is a concept to transform a vacant 20,000 square foot structure owned by NeighborWorks Green Bay into a beautiful indoor farm.

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Green Bay Farmory Breathes New Life Into Green Bay Community

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.


Farmory Project Receives $50,000 Toward Effort

Neighborworks is working on a project to reclaim the old armory on Chicago Street in Green Bay.

It’s called the Farmory Project and Monday they received a $50,000 grant to help the effort.

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Green Bay Farmory Project Wins Award from US Mayors

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.