THE FARMORY Has Announced The Hiring of Claire Thompson As The New Executive Director 

THE FARMORY Has Announced The Hiring of Claire Thompson As The New Executive Director 

Green Bay, Wisconsin

THE FARMORY Has Announced The Hiring of Claire Thompson As The New Executive Director 

Former Director, Alex Smith, led efforts for the formation of The Farmory project from 2015 through April of 2018. After a decision to relocate outside the state of Wisconsin with her significant other, recruitment efforts led to Claire Thompson’s selection. Claire has a rich history of involvement in local food initiatives and leadership roles within different local organizations.

Her most recent employment was with UW Extension as the Community Development Educator in Kewaunee County where she worked with non-profit organizations and local entrepreneurs in a variety of capacities. With over fifteen years of experience in program development, capital campaign fundraising, volunteer management, and strategic business planning, Claire’s skillset perfectly lends itself to The Farmory. Claire has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Claire and her husband are owners of a non-certified organic farm that continually strives to bring soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care into balance since 2005. They participate in local markets and sell their diversified vegetable products, eggs, livestock, and artisanal pasta products.

“My decision to leave The Farmory was not an easy one,” explained Program Director, Alex Smith. “I will be forever grateful to everyone who helped nurture The Farmory project as well as my personal and professional growth. I am confident in Claire’s talents and qualifications. The project will grow to new heights under her leadership and expertise!”

“I am very honored to work on this project,” said newly hired Executive Director, Claire Thompson. “The most exciting aspect is that it expands access to locally grown food and to anyone who seeks it. Aquaponics is a growing opportunity for farmers and eaters alike, and Green Bay will be at the center of this budding industry.”

Smith’s last day of work at The Farmory will be Friday, April 28th.

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The Farmory is an urban farming project that utilizes innovative aquaponics technology year round. This indoor farm will grow job and entrepreneurial opportunities as well as increase access to locally grown food.  The Farmory is driven by dedicated volunteers and supportive Green Bay area residents. It is a project of the Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation in collaboration with NeighborWorks Green Bay. If you are interested in learning more about the developing project or are interested in becoming involved, please call Alex Smith at (920) 593-3708 or email her at alex@nwgreenbay.org. Visit our website at www.farmory.org.

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