Sunday, January 27, 2013
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host its first international gathering of aquaponics experts on June 19-21.
“The International Aquaponics Conference: Aquaponics and Global Food Security” will bring together individuals with the goal of making an impact on food quality, security and sustainability using aquaponic methods, in which fish and plants are grown together in a symbiotic environment. Industry experts will share experience and knowledge in a fun and informative conference setting, providing participants a wealth of information on the rapidly growing aquaponics industry.
Those who should attend include current and prospective aquaponics growers, educators, ministers of agriculture, government representatives and those who manage agriculture, food and health regulations.
Conference highlights include:
- the latest in aquaponic technology, methods and applications;
- information from industry experts about aquaponics and how it is feeding people around the world;
- discussions on its use in commercial, education, mission and integrated systems as well as food safety, fish feeds and regulations;
- a poster contest and prizes for student aquaponics research;
- demonstrations by local chefs on a variety of ways to prepare aquaponically grown fish and vegetables, with samples of the culinary creations;
- tours of a 5,000-square-foot aquaponic greenhouse;
- a Wisconsin-style picnic featuring samples of the state’s finest cheese, bratwurst and beverages; and
- the launch and first meeting of the International Aquaponic Society, a UWSP Foundation organization dedicated to aquaponics research and education.
For more information and registration, visit www.uwsp.edu/AquaponicsConference or contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 1-800-898-9472 or 715-346-3838.
Nelson and Pade, Inc. is a sponsor of this event.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Nelson and Pade, Inc., the world’s largest and most experienced provider of aquaponic systems and technology, has designed, built and installed a unique underground aquaponic system at the Survival Condo in Glasco, Kansas. The Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® will be used to grow fish and vegetables in a sustainable, soilless environment.
The Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® will produce a continuous supply of fresh fish and a variety of vegetables including lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, cucumbers and more. Aquaponics is an integrated system in which the fish waste provides the fertilizer for the plants and the plants help to purify the water for the fish. It is a soilless farming method that does not require the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Full spectrum LED grow lights will be used to provide adequate levels of light for the plants. The lights will turn on and off automatically, to mimic natural sunlight.
The Survival Condo is an engineering marvel designed for comfortable long-term survival in a former Atlas missile silo. It offers spacious condos with many amenities including luxury living space and a community swimming pool, dog walking park, rock climbing wall, theater, general store and an aquaponic farm, among other features, all of which are underground and encompassed by walls that are 2.5 – 9 feet thick. The aquaponic systems fill two floors of what was formerly the control center and will provide a continuous supply of fresh, all natural fish and vegetables to the condo owners.
The Atlas missile silo, which was built in the 1950’s as part of the US and the Soviet Union’s “mutual assured destruction” doctrine, will now provide protection and safety in the face of a natural or man-made catastrophe. The Atlas missile program was decommissioned in the 1960’s. The missiles were then removed from the silos and used in the US space program and to launch satellites. The silos were abandoned and some of them were later sold.
One of the silos in rural Kansas was purchased by Larry Hall, the founder and developer of the Survival Condo. Five years ago, Mr. Hall conceived the idea to use the underground infrastructure to provide shelter and has been working tirelessly to design, engineer and build the 7 floors of condos, all circular in design inside the Atlas silo, and to integrate components to provide energy, security, air filtration and food. The total occupancy will be 50-60 people, all of which will live in and participate in the operation of the facility when in lock-down status.
John Pade, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc. and designer of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®, comments, “Aquaponics is a viable and sustainable food production system. The installation of our system in a underground setting at the Survival Condo is a great example of the potential to use aquaponic technology to provide fresh fish and vegetables in nearly any environment.”
Nelson and Pade, Inc., the leader of the aquaponics industry, offers complete aquaponic systems, consulting and extensive training programs. Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® by Nelson and Pade, Inc. are very efficient and dependable and are available in all sizes for applications such as home food production, commercial ventures, education and social programs. Nelson and Pade, Inc. has had individuals from 28 countries and 49 US states attend their Aquaponics and Controlled Environment Agriculture Course and they have co-developed the first-of-its-kind aquaponics course with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For more information on aquaponics and Nelson and Pade, Inc., visit: http://www.aquaponics.com or call 608-297-8708.
The Survival Condo has been featured on the Discovery Chanel, ABC News, Fox News and in many other media outlets including the New York Times and Popular Science. For more information, visit: http://www.survivalcondo.com
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Nelson and Pade, Inc., a company in Montello, WI specializing in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture, was one of 6 fish farms in the state open to the public on Saturday, July 21, to celebrate Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, sponsored by the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association. Starting at 9am, people began arriving at Nelson and Pade’s aquaponic greenhouse in Montello, WI. Tours were non-stop, with people from all over Wisconsin and beyond. In addition to homemade cookies, courtesy of Mary Nelson, guests had the opportunity to sample aquaponically-grown salads and grilled and fried tilapia, grown in Nelson and Pade’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel encouraged consumers to join him in visiting their local fish farm on Aquaculture Day. Secretary Brancel joined Nelson and Pade, Inc. and was very happy to see the great turn-out…a steady stream of people, numbering in the hundreds.
The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) is an industry-led organization dedicated to promote, educate and advocate for economic viability and environmental sustainability in aquaculture. In addition to the WI Aquaculture Day, WAA sponsors workshops, seminars and conferences on fish farming. Wisconsin aquaculture is an important agriculture industry and offers a healthy product to enjoy year-round. Fish are high in protein and potassium and low in fat, calories and cholesterol. When buying locally-grown fish, consumers are supporting their local farms and local economy. Wisconsin aquaculture has a $21 million economic impact with more than 2,400 fish farms across the state. Fish farms in Wisconsin raise fish for food, stocking and bait. Our state ranks first in the Midwest for aquaculture production.
Nelson and Pade, Inc. is the leader of the aquaponics industry and offers complete aquaponic systems, supplies and training for all applications, including home food production, commercial aquaponics, education, research and mission projects. Nelson and Pade, Inc.'s 20+ years of experience in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture are reflected in proven system designs, successful operations, comprehensive training and knowledgeable staff.
For more information on WAA, visit www.wisconsinaquaculture.com. For more information on Nelson and Pade, Inc. and aquaponics, visit www.aquaponics.com or call 608-297-8708.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UWSP Students Celebrate Completion of First of its Kind Aquaponics Course
Students Help Develop a Healthy Sustainable Food Supply Partnering with Global Leader in Aquaponics
Montello, Wis., May 23, 2012 — Global aquaponics leader, Nelson and Pade, Inc. of Montello, Wis., recently hosted three days of hands-on aquaponics learning labs with 30 college students presenting aquaponics business and marketing plans on local sustainable ways to grow fish and vegetables.
As a first in the country public/private partnership fostered by UW-Stevens Point (UWSP) and a successful Wisconsin-based company, Nelson and Pade, Inc., the world leader in aquaponics, together are teaching students from across the country about new ways to grow fresh food. The course was developed jointly by Dr. Chris Hartleb, UW-Stevens Point professor of biology, and Rebecca Nelson and John Pade of Nelson and Pade, Inc.
“Students experienced firsthand a new level of education in aquaponics enrolling in the first of its kind university course in aquaponics,” says Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc., along with her husband John Pade. “Students are discovering sustainable ways to grow fresh fish and produce to feed a world population that is projected to be 9 billion by 2050.”
Aquaponics is helping to feed a growing global population using sustainable, efficient and highly productive food systems. Students from UWSP and colleges from across the country experienced three days of hands-on lab sessions, learning about aquaponic system design, fish stocking, biology, plant growth and environmental control, during the five labs that took place over 3 days at Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse in Montello. The course culminated on May 23 with student’s presenting their aquaponics business plans to market fish and plant crops complete with tasting of sample recipes of their aquaponic, freshly grown fish and vegetables. On hand to watch and interact with students were UWSP dignitaries including, Chancellor Bernie Patterson; Dean of College of Letters and Science, Christopher Cirmo, education leaders and the media. Additionally, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel and Deputy Tourism Secretary, David Fantle and State Senator Luther Olsen were on hand at the event.
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. In aquaponics, you grow fish and plants together in one integrated, soilless system. The fish waste provides a food source for the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. Aquaponics produces safe, fresh, organic fish and vegetables. When aquaponics is combined with a controlled environment greenhouse, premium quality crops can be grown on a year-round basis, anywhere in the world. Aquaponics can be used to sustainably raise fresh fish and vegetables for a family, to feed a village or to generate a profit in a commercial farming venture.
Students experienced the new state-of-the-art commercial 5,000 square foot aquaponic greenhouse with tilapia swimming in clean water tanks to floating rafts full of lettuce, herbs, vegetables and fruits. The labs helped students discover what aquaponic systems can grow and creative recipes developed to taste free samples of naturally raised aquaponically-grown fish and produce.
In addition to the aquaponics course in partnership with UWSP, Nelson and Pade, Inc. offers 3-day Aquaponics and Controlled Environment Agriculture training workshops at their facility in Montello, WI. These comprehensive workshops draw participants from around the world to learn about aquaponic food production, for applications ranging from home food production to commercial ventures. Registration is still open for the next workshop, which takes place June 14-16, 2012. For more information or to register, call 608-297-8708. For the full workshop schedule and details, visit: http://aquaponics.com/page/workshops-and-training
For more information about aquaponics, controlled environment agriculture or enrolling in the next 2012 course or workshops, contact Rebecca Nelson, president of Nelson and Pade, Inc., at 608.297.8708 or www.aquaponics.com
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About Aquaponics Course University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (UWSP) Continuing Education, Department of Biology, and the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, in partnership with Nelson and Pade, Inc., a Montello, Wisconsin-based company specializing in aquaponics technology, systems and training has established a NEW 3-credit, full semester course in Aquaponics during Spring 2012 Semester. The online sessions and the hands-on lab sessions introduce students to aquaponics, a first of its kind program in the Country.
Nelson and Pade, Inc., based in Montello, Wis., is the global leader of the aquaponics industry, supplying technology, design, complete systems, training and technical support. With more than 20 years’ experience designing, building, operating and improving aquaponic systems, founders and owners, Rebecca Nelson and John Pade understand what it takes to be successful in aquaponics from both a science and business point of view. Aquaponics is quickly gaining popularity as individuals, entrepreneurs, educators, missions and governments realize that aquaponics can provide both fish and vegetables from one system, while using minimal resources. Aquaponics can be done in a small space, providing fresh local food.
Nelson and Pade
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2012
Montello, WI – Nelson and Pade, Inc., a company specializing in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture, was honored to host a visit by Ben Brancel, Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Joan Ballweg, WI State Representative 41st Assembly District, on March 29, 2012. Company owners, Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, had the opportunity to share their vision for aquaponics in Wisconsin and throughout the world as Brancel and Ballweg toured the 5,000 sq. ft. demonstration greenhouse, in which fish lazily swim in tanks, lettuce grows on floating rafts and tomato plants reach for the sky.
Aquaponics is an integrated, sustainable method of growing fish and plants in a soilless system. It can be used to grow fresh food for a family, as a commercial enterprise or to feed a village or community. Nelson and Pade, Inc. offers complete aquaponic systems and growing supplies, training and workshops, consulting, information on aquaponics and tours of their aquaponics greenhouse.
John Pade, who, like Secretary Brancel, grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, sees aquaponics as the future of agriculture. John Pade shares, “An aquaponic greenhouse can produce a substantial amount of fish and vegetables in a relatively small space. Therefore, you can feed people locally, eliminating the dependence on imported food and the high cost of transportation.”
With a 20+ year history in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture and a steady growth curve, Nelson and Pade, Inc. is gearing up to service their expanding customer base by increasing their training and product offerings, all supported by qualified staff with a wealth of experience to share.
Rebecca Nelson comments, “We are honored that Secretary Brancel and Representative Ballweg initiated the meeting with us, taking the time to learn about Nelson and Pade, Inc. and the growing aquaponics industry. We appreciate their interest and willingness to learn about new and innovative businesses in the state of Wisconsin.”
In the past two years, Nelson and Pade, Inc. has hosted over 500 people from 48 US states and 23 countries as attendees of their 3-day aquaponics training workshops. Workshops are offered bi-monthly and are open to anyone interested in learning more about aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. For more information on Nelson and Pade, Inc., aquaponics, workshops and systems, visit www.aquaponics.com or call 608-297-8708.
Aquaponics Food Production
Clear flow Aquaponic Systems
Nelson and Pade
Monday, March 19, 2012
Nelson and Pade, Inc., the leader of the aquaponics industry, offers comprehensive aquaponic training workshops as well as complete Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems.® An incentive program is now available that rewards workshop attendees with a discount on the purchase of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®. Nelson and Pade, Inc.'s 20+ years of experience in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture are reflected in proven system designs, successful operations, comprehensive training and knowledgeable staff.
Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® are complete packages that are designed to maximize food production and minimize inputs. With proven Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®, you will avoid the costs and problems associated with untested systems and home-built efforts. Each of the system components are sized and designed to provide maximum production, the best ratios, water flow, water quality and nutrient dynamics, resulting in continuous production of premium quality fish and vegetables. Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® are available for all applications including home food production, education and commercial.
Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s aquaponics workshops attract attendees from around the globe to learn from the world’s most experienced instructors in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. When you attend a Nelson and Pade, Inc. workshop, you will be presented information based years of hands-on experience in the three critical areas: aquaponics, controlled environment agriculture and the economics of aquaponics.
Beginning with the April, 2012 3-day Aquaponics and Controlled Environment Workshop, each attendee will receive a certificate (good for 30 days after the workshop) that gives them a substantial discount on the purchase of a Clear Flow Aquaponic System from Nelson and Pade, Inc. The discount structure is as follows:
Home Garden $200
Family + $300
Farm Market 1 $400
Farm Market 2 $500
Commercial Systems $600
Rebecca Nelson, president, Nelson and Pade, Inc. shares, “The incentive program is really a thank you to participants of our workshops. They travel from near and far to attend, and we want to make sure they are rewarded for that as well as get off to the right start in aquaponics with our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.”
For more information on Nelson and Pade, Inc., visit www.aquaponics.com or call 608-297-8708.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Montello and Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Aquaponics, an innovative method of agriculture that combines aquaculture and hydroponics, has garnered international attention as people around the world look for sustainable, efficient and highly productive methods of growing fresh food.
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (UWSP) Continuing Education, Department of Biology, and the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, in partnership with Nelson and Pade, Inc., a Montello, Wisconsin-based company specializing in aquaponics technology, systems and training is now offering a 3-credit, full semester course in Aquaponics. The course, Introduction to Aquaponics, will first be offered for the Spring 2012 semester with open enrollment starting in December, 2011. more »
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Nelson and Pade, Inc., a Montello-based company specializing in aquaponic systems and technology, is happy to announce the promotion of Bryan Dishman to Shop Manager. As Shop Manager, Bryan is responsible for overseeing the assembly and shipment of all Clear flow Aquaponic Systems® as well as managing the inventory of parts and organizing the shop to enhance productivity and work-flow. Bryan has a diverse background in building, plumbing and mechanics and has excelled at Nelson and Pade, Inc. during the past year. more »
Thursday, August 11, 2011
New Book Provides Answers About Aquaponics!
For over 10 years Dr. James Rakocy, the world’s foremost research scientist in aquaponics, has answered questions about aquaponics in the Aquaponics Journal. In the new book, Aquaponics Q and A, the entire collection of questions and answers is brought together in one place, resulting in an incredible resource for anyone interested in learning about aquaponics. With 30+ year’s experience, Dr. Rakocy presents the information in a user-friendly manner while sharing his vast knowledge of aquaponics from both a scientific and practical point of view. more »
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Nelson and Pade, Inc. the leader of the aquaponic industry, is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). This partnership allows Nelson & Pade, Inc to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and undergraduate/graduate credit through UWSP for participation in Nelson and Pade, Inc workshops. more »