Media Coverage

  • WI Academy of Science, Arts and Letters WI Academy of Science, Arts and Letters featured Nelson and Pade, Inc.® in the Spring, 2017 Wisconsin People & Ideas issue Article Excerpt: “Rebecca Nelson always had a passion for raising fish; by the time she was ten, her family’s home was filled with aquariums. Her partner, John Pade, grew up on a dairy farm, learning a ... Read more
  • Locally Grown Aquaponic Lettuce Served on Campus As published in “The Pointer” The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dining Services now offers local aquaponic lettuce at the deli line and salad bar in the Dreyfus University Center, and the salad bar at Upper Depot. This lettuce is grown just over 60 miles south of campus at Nelson and Pade Inc. in Montello, Wisconsin. Aquaponic lettuce was first ... Read more
  • Rebecca Nelson Featured on the Jungle Jam Podcast Rebecca Nelson Featured on the Jungle Jam Podcast Daniel Cleland of the Jungle Jam Podcast, interviewed Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc.® about aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. The Jungle Jam Podcast covers interesting and innovative topics related to sustainability, green living and jungle adventures! Listen now to see how aquaponics fits perfectly into the ... Read more
  • Wisconsin State Journal Features Nelson and Pade, Inc.® International students flock to Montello to learn aquaponics by Barry Adams, November 20, 2016 MONTELLO — The “no vacancy” sign glowed at the ’Tween the Lakes Motel. There were meals at the Granite Falls Supper Club, coffee at Oyster Crackers Cafe and photos snapped of the waterfalls at Daggett Memorial Park next to the Kwik Trip. This is ... Read more
  • Growing Wisconsin Features Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Growing Wisconsin is an annual guide to Wisconsin’s farms, forests, food and exports. It is published in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection and features stories about the state’s top crops, livestock, agribusiness, tourism, food safety and local products. Nelson and Pade, Inc. is featured, beginning on page 14. http://www.farmflavor.com/wisconsin/growing-wisconsin-2017/   Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc® Featured in Rep Ballweg’s Video Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg visited our state-of-the-art facility during our August, 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®. She joined us for lunch, featuring our freshly harvested leafy greens and tilapia and had the opportunity to chat with Rebecca Nelson and John Pade as well as a few of our attendees. Representative Ballweg featured Nelson and Pade, Inc.® ... Read more
  • Students participate in aquaponic tours Agri-View, June 3, 2016 MONTELLO, Wis. — Fifth-grade students from Westfield and Forest Lane elementary schools attended May 17 a day of hands-on learning that involved activities in the Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle and tours of Nelson and Pade Inc.’s aquaponic greenhouse in Montello. When the group arrived, Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade Inc., ... Read more
  • STEM Shuttle lands at Nelson and Pade, Inc.® On May 17, Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, The Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, hosted 5th grade students from Westfield and Forest Lane Elementary Schools for a fun-filled day of hands-on learning that involved activities in the Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle and tours of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s aquaponic greenhouse facility. Students and teachers arrived from ... Read more
  • Nelson and Pade Featured in Russ Feingold Video Russ Feingold, US Senator, visited Nelson and Pade, Inc.® and toured the state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities and business.  In meeting with Rebecca and John, he commented “I believe in positive partnerships with those who innovate and those who govern. Rebecca Nelson and John Pade are among those who innovate.” Watch the Video Read more
  • Rebecca Nelson featured on Fox6 News, Milwaukee The Midwest Foodservice Expo is where buyers meet suppliers from every segment of foodservice. Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, was featured on two Fox 6 Milwaukee news segments featuring aquaponics and our exhibit at the Expo. Watch the videos: Fox6 News: Tuesday, 4pm news with Brian Kramp Fox 6 News: Wednesday, 7:45am with Laura Langemo Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is the First Certified Naturally Grown Aquaponics Producer Montello, WI – Nelson and Pade, Inc.® was recently announced as the first Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Aquaponics Producer. A global leader in the aquaponics industry, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is proud to be the first aquaponic farm to achieve the CNG aquaponics certification and honored to be associated with CNG, a non-profit organization offering ... Read more
  • Rebecca Nelson LIVE on WSAW-TV We’re only about a week away from the 2016 North Central Aquaculture Conference at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport in Milwaukee. It’s March 12 and 13. Rebecca Nelson, co-owner of Nelson and Pade, Inc. and a North Central Regional Aquaculture Center representative, stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon on Thursday to talk about it. The theme is ... Read more
  • Russ Feingold tours Nelson and Pade, Inc.® MONTELLO, WI. -Russ Feingold smelled something fishy. The vague smells of tilapia swimming in 500-gallon tanks — and of the fish droppings, which serve as nutrients for plants grown without soil or chemicals — filled the air Friday at Nelson and Pade Inc., a Montello business that was one of Feingold’s stops on his tour of ... Read more
  • New Aquaponics Certification Program BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a non-profit organization offering peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers throughout the United States, has announced that they have completed development of a new certification program for aquaponic producers and are now accepting applications. Since June of 2014, CNG has been working in consultation with a group of experts ... Read more
  • Aquaponics at heart of ‘Blue Revolution’ AgriView Magazine, article by Jane Fyksen MONTELLO, Wis. — No cows, no cropland, but there’s plenty of protein and nutritious leafy greens. That’s what aquaponics offers. A cutting-edge hybridization of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics combines indoor rearing of fish with soil-less plant production. At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point it’s called a transformational, global-agriculture business practice that ... Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc. Featured in ASC Magazine Nelson and Pade, Inc.® was featured on the cover of Aquaponics Survival Communities Magazine in the January, 2016 issue. The article inside addresses the need for sustainable, aquaponic food production and chronicles the growth of the aquaponics industry as well that of Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc.® and the author of the article, also ... Read more
  • Alternative Education Students to Raise Fish, Grow Lettuce with a New Aquaponics System Mexico, NY – Project Explore teaching assistant Carolyn Deary-Petrocci shows off the new aquaponics Home Food Production system, purchased from Nelson and Pade, Inc.® in Montello, Wisconsin. Alternative Education students will share system operation responsibilities. Read the full article Read more
  • School Planning and Management Magazine Features Aquaponics School Planning and Management Magazine features aquaponics in their November Sustainability issue. The article, Teaching Tools for K-12; Aquaponics, Aeroponics, and Closed Loop Food Systems, was co-written by Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc. and Bruce Haxton®, both members of the NZ4 Global Alliance Read the article now!   Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Donates Lettuce to Area Schools In celebration of National Farm to School Month, Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, is donating fresh, locally-grown lettuce to the public school districts in Marquette County, WI throughout the month of October. The lettuce is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® at Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s greenhouse facilities in Montello, WI. Aquaponics is a sustainable method ... Read more
  • Lodi farmer transforms his hog barn into a fleet of fish tanks and greens Great coverage of Nelson and Pade, Inc. customer, Rob Davis, Heads N Tails Natural Produce, Lodi, WI! Robert Davis got the inspiration to develop a fish-and-produce farm in Lodi from two very different things: cancer and Disney World. What could soon be the Madison area’s newest CSA (community supported agriculture) farm would run year-round from a greenhouse ... Read more
  • Sea Grant Communicators Learn About Aquaponics By Marie Zhuikov Last week, a small cadre of Wisconsin Sea Grant communicators visited an aquaponics facility in Montello, Wis., to learn more about this intriguing way to grow food. The types of food involved are fish and plants – walleye and tilapia, and just about any type of veggie one can imagine. This alone would ... Read more
  • Grand Opening Festivities On April 23, 24, 25, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new greenhouse facilities as well as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Aquaponics Innovation Center. On Thursday, we hosted the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which was attended by officials from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, state and local government and community members.  ... Read more
  • Stevens Point Journal: Partnership enhances food supply, economic development By Bernie Patterson, Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point In this season of thanks, an estimated one in eight people go to bed hungry. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates nearly 870 million of the world’s 7.1 billion people are undernourished. In Wisconsin, “food hardship” rates are even worse in households with children, ... Read more
  • EcoRich Farms on the Evening News Congratulations Jeff and Trish Dean, owners of Eco-Rich Aquaponic Farm in Greenback, TN for the excellent news coverage.  Jeff and Trish run a Commercial 800 Clear Flow Aquaponic System® to raise fish and plants that they sell to local grocery stores, restaurants and farm markets. Read more
  • Aquaponics Video and Photo Contest Show us your system! Enter the Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® Video and Photo Contest Grand Prize: $1000 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has just announced their 2014 “Show us Your System” Video and Photo Contest. With a grand prize of a $1000 Gift Certificate from Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, winners will be well rewarded ... Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc and UWSP Partnership Recognized Nelson and Pade, Inc. has an ongoing, successful partnership with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. This public private partnership is helping to grow the aquaponics industry through education, research and innovation and was highlighted by Chancellor Bernie Patterson at the University of Wisconsin Systems Board of Regents meeting Oct 9. Below is the link to ... Read more
  • Go Fish, Aquaponics on the Small Farm Denice Dible, her husband Jeff and their family have a small organic farm that incldues a 700 sq. ft. greenhouse with a Nelson and Pade “Family Plus” Clear Flow Aquaponic System®. Denice wrte a very nice article for Acres USA magazine about their experience getting started and growing and selling fresh fish and vegetables. Read more
  • Rebecca Nelson on WI Public Radio – UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center http://www.wpr.org/aquaponics-innovation-center-will-train-workers-develop-new-techniques-emerging-industry University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is partnering with a Montello company to build an Aquaponics Innovation Center that will train workers and develop new techniques for a growing food production industry. The center will be located inside a 13,500 square-foot greenhouse at Nelson and Pade, a Montello company that specializes in commercial aquaponics, which combines fish farming ... Read more
  • Bread New Mexico Blog Rebecca Nelson and John Pade are well known as the authority on aquaponics in the United States. So much so the URL for their Web site is simply aquaponics.com  Before I tell you more about the Nelson & Pade operations, I want to highlight a great project they developed in Haiti to provide both protein ... Read more
  • UW-Stevens Point begins Aquaponics Innovation Center with Montello partner, Nelson and Pade, Inc. With support from a state economic development incentive grant, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is building an Aquaponic Innovation Center to train workers and enhance economic development. The center will be located at Nelson and Pade, Inc., Montello, UW-Stevens Point’s partner in developing an aquaponics training program. It will be housed in a portion of a ... Read more
  • UWSP Students Create Aquaponics Business Models at Nelson and Pade The 5,000 sq. ft. greenhouse at Nelson and Pade Inc.’s aquaponics business in Montello turned into a scene from a cooking show on May 21st as students taking a UW-Stevens Point class gathered for a hands-on experience to complete their Introduction to Aquaponics course. The course was designed by Nelson and Pade owners John Pade and ... Read more
  • Country Today: From Fish to Leafy Greens What do tilapia tacos and lemonade basil tea have in common?  They were among the culinary offerings made by UW-Stevens Point students May 21 at an aquaponics greenhouse in Montello during the laboratory portion of their semester-long aquaponics class. The class is the only one of its kind in the nation at a four-year accredited ... Read more
  • WI State Farmer: Students Spend 3-day Final Cooking by Jan Shepel When a group of students descended on one Montello business last week it was something like “Top Chef” meets “The Apprentice.” There were business plans and presentations; there were meals and snacks prepared with locally produced fresh ingredients. There was even a ukulele-accompanied business jingle. It was all part of a class that teaches college ... Read more
  • Portage Daily Register Coverage of UWSP Aquaponics Class at UWSP MONTELLO — Aquaponics is no fish story. Sure, there are 500-gallon water tanks, full of swimming tilapia in the greenhouse at Nelson and Pade in Montello. And sure, many of those fish eventually end up batter-fried, blackened or broiled. But in aquaponics, fish aren’t the primary crop. They’re the source of fertilizer for plants grown for ... Read more
  • Marquette County Tribune Features Nelson and Pade, Inc. Nelson and Pade, Inc. Featured on the front page of the Marquette County Tribune! See the story! Read more
  • Sustainable Product of the Year Awarded to Nelson and Pade, Inc. Montello, WI – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council recognized Nelson and Pade, Inc. with the “Sustainable Product of the Year Award” for small business. This prestigious honor was presented during the 2014 Earth Day Awards in Milwaukee, WI. Nelson and Pade, Inc. has a 20+ year history in aquaponic food production, which is a form of agriculture ... Read more
  • Women in Hydroponics: Rebecca Nelson Maximum Yield published a feature story on Rebecca Nelson in their April Industry News magazine. See story below. Rebecca Nelson, co-founder and co-owner of Nelson and Pade, Inc., a company that provides aquaponic systems as well as the training, guidance and technical support people need to get started and be successful in aquaponics, can safely be called a pioneer ... Read more
  • The Future of Farming, Controlling the Environment Famine… or feast? Soil… or hydroponics, aquaponics, aquaculture or aeroponics? Nine billion hungry human beings will be living on planet Earth by 2050, according to United Nations estimates. “We will need to produce more food in the first half of this century than we did in the previous 100 centuries combined,” declared Tony Kajewski, an ... Read more
  • Belize 6pm News – Nelson and Pade Featured John Pade and Rebecca Nelson, Nelson and Pade, Inc., along with Jimmi Jones, SimSan Aquaponics,  were featured on the Belize City 6pm news to talk about their Aquaponics Master Class taking place Juy 24-25. Read more
  • Aquaponics new facet of agriculture, combines fish, vegetables The first International Aquaponics Conference was held last month in Stevens Point. As a type of agriculture, aquaponics is still in its infancy, but gauging from the attendance, it’s generating lots of interest, both in this country and abroad. In aquaponics, plants and fish grow together in one integrated system – without soil. Fish waste feeds ... Read more
  • WKOW Madison TV, 5pm News Rebecca Nelson was featured on the WKOW TV news, talking about Wisconsin Aquaculture and Aquaponics.   Read more
  • Gardening in Water World “These kinds of systems are becoming popular because you can grow a great deal of food in a small space, using less water, space and energy than traditional gardening,” Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of  Nelson and Pade Aquaponics told TechNewsWorld. “Plus, when you combine it with a controlled environment, you can grow year-round with a continuous ... Read more
  • Fish Out of Water – Delta Sky Magazine Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl wrote an interesting article about fish farming and aquaponics for Delta Sky Magazine. Rebecca Nelson is quoted on page 90. Read more
  • WIBA Outside the Box with Mitch Henck Mitch Henck interviewd Rebecca Nelson, Nelson and Pade Aquaponics, on 4/26/13.  Listen to the interview: http://www.wiba.com/media/podcast-outside-the-box-with-mitch-henck-outsidethebox/outside-the-box-fri-42613-hr-23144913/ Read more
  • Queen of Peace School Installs Clear Flow Aquaponic System MISHAWAKA — During the past year, Queen of Peace School has found ways to combine elements in nature, science and technology in an effort to expand students’ understanding of agriculture. In the process, the school’s new Outdoor Education Center and Aquaponics lab have harvested new methods of teaching and organic farming, which incorporate God’s desire ... Read more
  • Montello event Saturday to highlight state’s aquaculture industry Portage Daily Register Most people immediately think of fish when they hear about aquaculture. At Nelson and Pade Inc., in Montello, fish is only part of the business. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel will be at the aquaponics company Saturday to help people learn more about the industry on Aquaculture Day. “They raise ... Read more
  • Aquaponics Course Drawing Students to Booming Industry By Sarah Bredesen, Regional Editor MONTELLO – Very few people even know what aquaponics is, but students who recently completed a unique college course in the system that melds hydroponics with aquaculture will find themselves big fish in an equally be sea when it comes to finding jobs. “We could employ several of them right now, said ... Read more
  • A World First! Marquette County Tribune Article Read more
  • Aquaponics…Food for the Future Radio host Bob Meyer, Brownfield Ag News Media America, covers Nelson and Pade, Inc. on radio and online: http://brownfieldagnews.com/2012/05/24/aquaponics-food-for-the-future/ Read more
  • FARM SHOW magazine Features Nelson and Pade, Inc. FARM SHOW magazine, Vol 36, no 3 featured Nelson and Pade, Inc. on the cover and page 7. www.aquaponics.com  www.bestfarmbuys.com, www.farmshow.com Read more
  • Rep. Ballweg Tours Nelson and Pade, Inc., Montello State Representative Joan Ballweg toured Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s greenhouse, office and manufacturing in mid-December.  The visit was featured in the WI State Representative 2012 Legislative Report. Read more
  • Aquaponics – A Brave New Waterworld Animal House Radio Show An excerpt from the article Turning aquarium waste water into something useful for a garden or a farm, in addition to creating a healthy environment for the fish is a process called aquaponics and it’s becoming popular with commercial farmers, home gardeners and relief organizations that provide food for the needy. We speak with Aquaponics ... Read more
  • Aquaponics, Milwaukee’s Critical 21st Century Industry Natural Awakenings June 14, 2011 Pages 12-13 by Linda Sechrist An excerpt from the article Although it may not be nice to fool Mother Nature, Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, founders of Nelson and Pade, Inc., in Montello, have learned that it is nice to imitate one of her grand designs:  aquaponics.  This sustainable process – feeding fish whose waste ... Read more
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc. – Literally Synonymous with Aquaponics Seedstock By Robert Puro An excerpt from the article Chances are, if you’ve ever looked into aquaponic systems, the sustainable food production systems that combine aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, crustaceans, or crayfish in a controlled environment) with hydroponics (soilless plant cultivation in water), you have probably heard of Nelson and Pade, Inc. Nelson and Pade, Inc. is literally ... Read more
  • Getting Inside Aquaponics with Nelson and Pade, Inc. Fish Farming News By Bob Robinson An excerpt from the article Montello, WI – Early this past summer I took a fun round trip to this small hamlet not far from my home to visit the headquarters of aquaponics educators and innovators, Nelson and Pade, Inc. As many of you already know, company principles Rebecca Nelson and John Pade ... Read more
  • Fishing For Change June 13, 2010 Business by Jane Burns An excerpt from the article MONTELLO — Rebecca Nelson and John Pade have one simple goal as their company grows and moves to a new facility along Highway 23: They want to feed the world. They don’t plan to do that with anything they grow in their greenhouses. It’s through the development, education ... Read more
  • Gardening with Fish: Aquaponics 101 May 20, 2010 Word of Mouth By Virginia Prescott An excerpt from the article Radio Interview with Rebecca Nelson. It is a 10 minute segment on aquaponics on the show, Word of Mouth Llisten to the segment Read the full article Read more
  • A Whole New Way to Raise Fish and Lettuce May 07, 2010 Outdoor News By Lee Kernen An excerpt from the article Most of my life has been spent either fishing for fish, managing fish during my 33-year career with the DNR, or cooking and eating fish that I eigher caught or purchased.  Last month it was a big surprise to learn there was a new “fishy” business ... Read more
  • Venturesome Insight to Business Magazine April 10, 2010 By Mary Beth Matzek An excerpt from the article In an area where agriculture remains an essential economic component, Nelson and Pade Inc. is using innovation and entrepreneurship to take the sector to the next level. Located in the Marquette County city of Montello, Nelson and Pade provides aquaponic technology, systems and supplies ... Read more
  • Company Mixes Fish, flora in Aquaponics The Country Today February, Feb 24, 2010 By Sara Bredesen An excerpt from the article MONTELLO – Tomatoes and tilapia, peppers and perch, cukes and cod. Diners might think they are catchy combos on a dinner menu, but forward-thinking vegetable growers are starting to look twice at pairing fish and flora in a watery ecosystem called aquaponics. “My whole life I ... Read more
  • The Spotless Garden New York Times February 18, 2010 Home and Garden Section By Michael Tororello An excerpt from the article “In the United States, aquaponics is in its fingerling stage, yet it seems to be increasing in popularity. Rebecca Nelson, 45, half of the company Nelson & Pade, publishes the Aquaponics Journal and sells aquaponics systems in Montello, Wis. While she refused ... Read more
  • City Approves Zoning for Aquaponics Business Marquette County Tribune February, Feb 04, 2010 By Kathleen McGwinn An excerpt from the article The Montello Mayor’s Advisory Committee approved the rezoning of residential land to industrial to accommodate Nelson Pade, Inc. a California aquaponics design and consulting business relocating to Montello.  The land, on the south side of Highway 23 west of Montello was originally zoned business, ... Read more
  • Aquaponics Business Relocates Central Wisconsin Reporter January, Jan 29, 2010 By Kathleen McGwin An excerpt from the article In March they’ll be speaking in Singapore, then in Mexico.  They have a project pending in Haiti with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission which feeds 10,000 people a day; a project that, when completed, may help this earthquake shattered country recover. They’re setting up ... Read more
  • Growing Food Locally: Integrating Agriculture into the Built Environments Enviromental Building News February, Feb 01, 2009 By Alex Wilson An excerpt from the article In an aquaponic system, wastes produced by fish become beneficial fertilizer for hydroponically grown plants. According to Nelson and Pade, Inc., the leading North American firm involved with aquaponics (and publisher of Aquaponics Journal), ammonia-rich fish wastes are broken down by bacteria into nitrate—the ... Read more
  • Quote of the Month Environmental Building News February, Feb 01, 2009 An excerpt from the article “Aquaponics has just incredible potential,” Rebecca Nelson, of Nelson and Pade, told EBN, especially if space is tight. “Even an eighth of an acre could be viable for a commercial operation,” she said, making aquaponics a good option in urban areas as long as ... Read more