Nelson and Pade Aquaponics
Highlights from the past 25 years:

2014

  • We are building a brand new, 14,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art aquaponics greenhouse facility at our Montello campus, a part of which will house the new UW-Stevens Point Aquaponics Innovation Center
  • As of mid 214, we have had attendees from 60 countries and 49 US states attend our Aquaponics Master Class.
  • Received "Sustainable Product of the Year" Award for our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP™ from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
  • Granted patent from the USPTO office on the ZDEP (Zero Discharge/Extra Production) aquaponic system
  • Nominated for Innovative Product of the Year

2013

  • Helped to launch the International Aquaponic Society
  • Expanded our product offerings
  • Had attendees from 4 continents attend our Spring, 2013 Aquaponics Master Class
  • As of Dec, 2013, we have now had attendees of our Master Class from 46 countries and 49 US states
  • Area Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® cover will nearly double by the end of 2013

 2012

  • Co-developed the first hybrid University aquaponics course in partnership with UW-Stevens Point
  • Spring, 2012 - Announced new aquaponic systems, options and equipment

2011

  • Increased workshop attendance to nearly 500 people from 23 counties and 48 US states
  • Announced the new ZDEP (patent pending) aquaponic systems which increases plant production and eliminates waste.
  • Established partnership with UW-Stevens Point to offer University credit to attendees of Nelson and Pade, Inc. workshops
  • Implemented project with University of Hawaii and Hawaii Dept. of Labor to offer job training and demonstration of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems in Hawaii
  • Built and shipped Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems to clients in locations including Trinidad, Mexico, Curacao, Montana, New York, Kansas, Maryland, Idaho, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa and California

2010

  • 2010 - Built a new 5,000 sq ft demonstration greenhouse
  • Moved into larger facility to accommodate growth
  • Taught aquaponics to over 200 people from 28 states and 12 countries in our workshops and extended stay learning programs
  • Shipped 20 complete Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® to customers in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia
  • Built, shipped and began the installation of the first Living Food Bank® Aquaponic System in Haiti.

2009

  • Designed and installed two large commercial aquaponic facilities in Wisconsin (KP Simply Fresh in Baraboo, Future Farm in Baldwin)
  • Resumed our workshops and training (initially started in California in 1997)
  • Welcomed Dr. James Rakocy to our Board of Advisors.

2008

  • Wrote and published the first comprehensive book on aquaponics, Aquaponic Food Production
  • Began offering complete aquaponic system packages for all applications including commercial, education, home food production and research
  • Installed an aquaponic system at the University of the Virgin Islands.

2006-2007

  • Relocated the business to Wisconsin from Mariposa, California.

2004-2005

  • Began offering custom aquaponic systems.

2004

  • Taught the first aquaponics workshops in Australia.

2003

  • Wrote and produced the first video on aquaponics, Aquaponic Food Production, available in English and Spanish.

2002-2003

  • Planned and assisted in the installation of 1/3 acre aquaponic system in Illinois.

2000-2001

  • Designed and installed a 1/2 acre aquaponic facility in California
  • Wrote and published the booklet Desktop Aquaponics (updated in 2004)
  • Began offering project planning and system design services
  • Continued building and testing various aquaponic systems, research and development.

1999

  • Wrote Aquaponics Curriculum (now used in schools throughout the world); continued aquaponics research.

1998-2004

  • Built numerous controlled environment greenhouse using hydroponics, organic hydroponics and aquaponics throughout the United States.

1997

  • Began publishing the Aquaponics Journal (62 issues published to date)
  • Continued aquaponics research
  • Offered the first aquaponics workshop
  • Wrote and produced the interactive CD-Rom, All About Aquaculture
  • Wrote and published the book set, How to Start and Succeed in the Hydroponics Business (updated in 2000 and 2004).

1996

  • Established aquaponics.com website
  • Wrote and produced the interactive CD-Rom, The Encyclopedia of Hydroponic Gardening, wrote and produced the video, Hobby Hydroponics.

1994-2000

  • Operated a variety of aquaponic systems in our California greenhouses and raised largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, koi and fancy goldfish along with a variety of vegetables that were commercially sold.

1994

  • Converted 3,000 sq ft hydroponic greenhouse to aquaponics.

1992

  • Began building aquaponic systems, testing design theories in California greenhouses.

1989

  • Built second controlled environment hydroponic greenhouse.

1987

  • Built 5,000 sq ft hydroponic greenhouse; wrote and produced the video, Commercial Hydroponics.

1985

  • Wrote and produced the first video on hydroponics, "Hydroponics: Set Up, Care and Maintenance"; built first 4-bay hydroponic controlled environment greenhouse in Wisconsin.