Paul Hardej is an architect by trade. He studied architecture at Warsaw’s Polytechnic University, Poland, University of Detroit, MI and interior design and merchandising at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Chicago, IL. He designed and developed many award winning project including restaurants, offices and multifamily housing.
Paul has always been involved in many non-profit organizations. He served as a committee member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL. He co-founded and served as a board member of Polish American Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in many local community organizations focused on revitalization of Chicago neighborhoods. In 2008 he received a Citibank Heritage award for his non-for profit community work. Mr. Hardej has a vested interested in promotion of the local food movement. He participated on the Mayor Daley’s task force on Vertical Farming.
Since 2010 Mr. Hardej oversaw a development and design of the first in-door vertical aquaponic farm in the Mid-West. He has an executive role at FarmedHere, which is the first commercial scale urban aquaponic and aeroponic farm of its kind. FarmedHere is the first and only USDA Organic Certified in-door aquaponic farm. The company is also developing job training programs for aquaponics and urban Ag. The farm’s products can be found on the shelves in many local grocery stores including Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Fresh Farms and the best local organic stores like Green Grocer, Dill Pickle and more.