By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Nov 21, 2021 at 9:02 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

2020 was a year which brought to light many of the serious shortcomings of the food supply chain, both in the U.S. and beyond. Consumers saw it play out in food shortages and price increases. And restaurants – already struggling to make ends meet – are still feeling the blow in terms of product availability and pricing.

Among the responses created to meet these issues head-on is Hundred Acre, an urban hydroponic farm which aims to harness the power of fresh food, agricultural technologies, and light manufacturing to revitalize an underserved area in Milwaukee.

In this week’s podcast, we chat with Hundred Acre founder Chris Corkery about the farm, his background and the series of events that led him to look to hydroponics as a source for supply chain resilience, workforce development and STEM education.

 

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.