UW-Green Bay partner, The Farmory, will celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of its FarmoryWorks Aquaculture Technician Certification Program. The 12-week certification program began on November 1, combining virtual lessons with in-person training and skill building. The program covered topics such as biosecurity, water quality monitoring, aquaculture systems, fish health and husbandry practices, and fingerling production. Program participants have built professional and technical skills, learned about various aspects of aquaculture and aquaponics, and gained experience working in a commercial hatchery.
Recruitment is currently under way for the second cohort of aspiring Aquaculture Technicians. Interested individuals can learn more about the program and participation requirements, as well as apply for program participation, on The Farmory’s website: www.farmory.org.
Recruitment is also under way for the new FarmoryWorks Aquaculture Entrepreneur program, where participants will gain the valuable information and insight to start or expand their own sustainable aquaculture businesses. The FarmoryWorks programs are available thanks to generous funding from local donors including donations made by The Brown County United Way and Associated Bank, and a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, which includes the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and donors of the Community Foundation.