About Nelson and Pade, Inc. and Aquaponics

It is more important than ever to utilize methods of cultivating food that are safe and sustainable and result in food that is healthful and free of contamination. Aquaponics, when combined with controlled environment agriculture, can be used to grow large quantities of high quality, fresh food in relatively small spaces in an environmentally friendly way. Applied in commercial operations, missions and backyard gardens, aquaponics is at the forfront of a new wave of sustainable agriculture.

Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, the founders of Nelson and Pade, Inc., believe aquaponic food production can help achieve food security around the world. In consulting, teaching, writing and publishing, they share experience, knowledge and information accumulated through many years of hands-on commercial aquaponic and hydroponic production and research.

For Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture is not a passing fancy, it is not a get-rich quick scheme and it is not new. It is a passion and it is their life's work.

Their knowledge of hydroponic and aquaponic technology stems from years of hands-on, successful operation of commercial hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouses and over 20 years of self-funded research and development. In addition, they have helped many others get started in hydroponics and aquaponics. As life-long entrepreneurs, they understand the business model and marketing techniques required for success in aquaponics. 

Consulting, teaching and other business interests have taken Nelson and Pade to over 25 countries around the world, including Spain, France, England, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Aruba, Jamaica, St. Kitts/Nevis, Antigua, Trinidad, Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize. 

As they have travelled the globe and studied modern agriculture, nutrition and food safety, they are confident that aquaponics can help resolve many of the world’s problems and can sustainably provide a high quality food supply, while having a positive impact on the environment.