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The Willy Wonkas of Urban Farming Consider Peekskill

Ben Green displays a wall of baby greens. Photo by Liz Giegerich.

Two North Carolina natives consider bringing an urban farm to Peekskill.

By Liz Giegerich
Peekskill-Cortland Patch
March 16, 2012


Two men from North Carolina want to use fish to make lettuce and mushrooms grow on moving walls in Peekskill. Ben Greene and Tyler Nethers are hoping to create a one-of-a-kind “farmery” in downtown Peekskill.

The Farmery and is an aquaponic system that consists of living walls, a greenhouse and a produce/natural product retail store. It is way of combining growing and selling of crops into one location, Greene, the Farmery’s Chief Operations Officer, told the Peekskill City Council at a presentation on March 12.

“We want to be the Willy Wonka’s of agriculture,” Greene said.

He described a place that has never been seen before because it has never been created before. The idea started out as Greene’s masters thesis in industrial design at North Carolina State University. Nethers has setup various aquaponic systems and living walls in Hawaii for the military. They also have a team of other experts that would also assist with their project.

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