Project Plan Development

If you are in the early planning stages and seeking funding, our Project Plan Development service is where you should start.  There are many facets of starting a commercial aquaponics venture and, like any business; it requires a solid business plan and foundation. Whether you are seeking funds from a bank, an investor or a grant, you need a clear understanding of the startup costs, operation costs and potential income, equipment required to achieve that and a plan for training so you can demonstrate that you are capable and will be a good manager of the business and marketer of the fish and produce.

Project Plan Development happens in three phases.  First, you meet (by phone or in person) with Nelson and Pade senior staff to define your goals, needs and ideas for the business. Things like crop choices, marketing avenues, location, infrastructure and budget are discussed.

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® then creates a preliminary report which is a project overview and a means of making sure we are all on the same page and moving in the right direction.

The final phase of the Project Plan Development comes when Nelson and Pade, Inc.® completes the full project plan. This is typically a 35-40 page report customized for your business, location and climate, covering all aspects of the business development, marketing, system design and environmental control, crops, production levels, labor requirements, economics, food safety, permitting and regulation, and more.  An interactive spreadsheet is also included so you can work through some of the preliminary numbers, make adjustments and compare various income and expense scenarios.

The fee for project planning varies based on size and complexity. Contact us for a quote.

Do note that the information provided in the Project Plan Report is specific to the business it was created for.  We will not share Project Plan Reports with others and we do not provide generic Project Plan Reports.  If you ask us to “just show you a plan we created for someone else,” the answer will be no.

What can I expect to receive from the Project Plan Development service?

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® will develop a custom Project Plan Report and spreadsheet for your project. In addition to offering recommendations on the environmental control and aquaponic culture systems, topics such as power, water source, existing infrastructure, market demands, labor required and business potential will be addressed. An extensive, written Project Plan report for this phase will be delivered to the Client upon completion of the project planning process. The report covers these topics:

Introduction and Project Overview

  • Industry History and Overview
  • Proposed Facility Overview
  • Recommended Greenhouse
  • Recommended Plant Culture System
  • Crop Recommendations
  • Agri-tourism and/or Education Applications
  • Market Study and Competitor Analysis
  • Marketing Considerations
  • Site Considerations and Recommendations
  • Construction Requirements and Time Frame
  • Consulting Options
  • Staff and Labor Requirements
  • Estimated Project Costs
  • Income Scenarios and Estimated Operating Expenses
  • General Comments
  • Conclusions