Classes, Seminars, Training

Nelson and Pade Aquaponics offers a variety of training options for anyone looking to learn more about aquaponic food production, whether you are brand new to aquaponics or are an experienced grower looking to expand your base of knowledge.

Rebecca Nelson and John Pade have been doing aquaponics since the early 1990's and controlled environment agriculture since the mid 1980's.  In the past 16 years, they have taught aquaponics to nearly 12,000 people in workshops and at conferences around the world.  They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

After every class, we hear from attendees who tell us the quality, content and level of enthusiasm at our workshops is top notch.  Here is an example:  "Well what can I say but thank you to the entire team. John and Rebecca.....thank you for creating a learning environment that was fun and relaxed. I have been to many conferences during my career as an educator, and this conference was one if not the best I have ever attended." Stephen, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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Learning Opportunitiesjohn pade

Aquaponics Master Class- 3 days

This is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Our 3-day Aquaponics Master Class is intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. We cover the topics most important to being successful in aquaponics including aquaponic methods and applications, crop choices and recommendations, water quality, daily operation and growing techniques, greenhouses and environmental control, fish biology and feeds, plant care and health, system start up and business considerations. In the Aquaponics Master Class, we don't waste your time with fluff or with inexperienced instructors. We have developed a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum. We share the most important tips and techniques for growing and we show you the path to success in aquaponics, all based on our 20 years’ experience in aquaponic food production.  Learn more about the Aquaponics Master Class.

Aquaponics Seminarrebecca nelson

Nelson and Pade Aquaponics is coming to a town near you!  Our ½ day Aquaponics Seminars have become extremely popular and we are scheduling these sessions throughout the US and beyond.  In our Aquaponic Seminar, you will learn the basics of sustainably raising fish and vegetables together, using less water and energy than traditional farming, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, year ‘round! This is your chance to learn about aquaponic food production and how you can grow fresh fish and vegetables for your family, to feed a village or in a profitable farming venture.  See our event schedule for locations and dates.

Extended Stay Learning Program (ESLP)

Our ESLP is available exclusively to individuals who are purchasing or have purchased Nelson and Pade, Inc.'s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®. One, two or three week sessions can be booked at your convenience. During the ESLP you will be experiencing, hands-on, everything that it is involved in running Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® in a controlled environment greenhouse. Plus, you'll learn about system assembly and maintenance, marketing and other critical components of running an aquaponics business,  Individuals can attend once a 50% system deposit on a system has been paid. A number of new growers have attended ESLP at the same time their system is being constructed at our facility, enabling them to see the assembly and do hands-on training. Transporting your system home at the end of your ESLP is an option. Cost: $1200/week. Learn more about the Extended Stay Learning Program

UWSP / Nelson and Pade, Inc. 3-credit University Course - 1 semester

If you are a student and want to enroll in a 2 or 3-credit, full semester course on aquaponics, this is the course for you.  Enrollment is through UW-Stevens Point, but you can be a student at any college or university. Course is offered in the spring semester.
Learn more about the UWSP / Nelson and Pade full-semester Aquaponics Course


Course and Registration Details

Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come-first serve basis so sign up early to ensure your enrollment.

Online Registration or Download and Print the Master Class Registration Form

If you have questions or need additional information, call us at 608-297-8708 or email

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