Farmory Green Bay

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The Farmory is the converted old armory building located at 815 Chicago St, Green Bay, WI 54301. The Farmory is developed by people who want to bring healthy, indoor, all year round food to the local people of Green Bay. They drew inspiration from the Wisconsin's Growing Power, an indoor growing space that’s been feeding Milwaukee for a couple years. They use aquaponics [1] to fertilize and grow their plants. They are partnered with many different local organizations, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), University of Wisconsin Green Bay, St. Norbert College, E-Hub’s Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center, NeighborWorks Green Bay, Forward Service Corporation, the Volunteer Center of Brown County, LIVE 54218, Farm to School, and The GROW Project [2] .

Who they are

  • The Mission The Farmory is transforming a historical building the former armory, into an educational urban farm which will strengthen the community of Green Bay and encourage self-sufficiency through agricultural and entrepreneurial education and employment skill development.
  • Vision Every one in the Green Bay area, will have access to healthy locally grown food.
  • Values They believe in a sustainable agricultural business model that:
  • Teaches self-sufficiency and community development through educational and volunteer opportunities.
  • Provides healthy locally grown food.
  • Encourages zero waste.
  • Fosters partnerships between local residents, businesses, schools, and community health organizations [3]

History

For most of the 20th century, the Armory at 815 Chicago Street was an operating military facility used for training soldiers, storing guns and equipment, and hosting community dances. It was also home to the famous 32nd Division, later honored with the name the “Red Arrow” Division.[4] In the early 1960’s, operations for the armory moved elsewhere. Which led to the building to be vacant, this lasted 50 years. In April, 2002, the vacant property was acquired along with nearby buildings at the intersection of Chicago and Jackson Streets for redevelopment. The NeighborWorks Green Bay moved into one of those buildings and another. The old Allouez Mineral Spring Company, was re-purposed for housing. The Armory’s concrete floors and roof halted efforts to change the building into residential housing complex. Over the next decade, a variety of unsuccessful development plans would be proposed.[5]

Three years ago, people got together and thought of “The Farmory” they wanted to transform the historic armory building into an indoor, year-round farm. They gained the idea from the work of Will Allen, the Executive Director of Milwaukee’s Growing Power. This was a non-profit idea based in education, outreach, and food production for over twenty years. Allen has since become a national leader in the urban agriculture movement. The Farmory comes from the ideas of James Pandl, who refined the operation of the initial growing system that The Farmory is using right now. James Pandl will continue to serve as the lead farmer. Pandl is involved in the Wisconsin food industry, most notably for his zero-waste restaurants.

The team who thought up the Farmory are board members of the Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation which is a non-profit that has a history of collaborating with NeighborWorks Green Bay on community development projects. The Farmory will be the first urban farm of its kind in Northeast Wisconsin. [6]

The United States Conference of Mayors has awarded a $50,000 grant to NeighborWorks Green Bay, project to convert an aging building into an urban, indoor farm.[7]

Events

  • Locally Raised Meat: The Why, How & Nutrition Facts: Thursday, April 12 @6 p.m
  • Backyard Chickens: Saturday, April 28 @10 a.m
  • Container Gardening & other fun gardening techniques for children and families: Thursday, May 17 @6 p.m
  • Kombucha Tea: Saturday, June 16 @10 a.m

References

1.Farmory This is the link to the farmory

  1. Aquaponics,, accessed May 9 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaponics .
  2. "Farmory History," The Farmory, Accessed April 30, 2018, http://www.farmory.org/farmory-history/.
  3. Who we are, The Farmory,accessed April 30 2018, http://www.farmory.org/home/who-are-we/ .
  4. "Farmory History," The Farmory, Accessed April 30, 2018, http://www.farmory.org/farmory-history/.
  5. "Farmory History," The Farmory, Accessed April 30, 2018, http://www.farmory.org/farmory-history/.
  6. "Farmory History," The Farmory, Accessed April 30, 2018, http://www.farmory.org/farmory-history/.
  7. "Green Bay 'Farmory' project wins award from U.S. mayors," Green Bay Press Gazette, Accessed April 30, 2018, https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2015/06/30/farmory-urban-farm-project-grant/29535813/


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