Aquaponics in the Running for Pepsi Refresh Grant

Pepsi’s Refresh Grant helps to fund innovative ideas and projects.  Pepsi is giving away millions of dollars ($1,300,000 each month) to fund great ideas.  Each month, up to 1000 applications are accepted and then voting is open for 30 days.  Projects typically funded advance sustainable, community-oriented ideas.  This month, there are two aquaponics projects in the finals.  Anyone can vote, and participation is free.
Of the two aquaponics projects in the running, one is proposed to start an aquaponics program at a school to teach biology and to provide fresh lettuce to the school cafeteria.  The second proposes to start an aquaponic farm using green technology and providing jobs for veterans.

Visit the Pepsi Refresh Grant page to learn more about the program.

To read about the finalists, which include the two aquaponics projects mentioned above, visit the listing of finalists.

Voting for this month is open until the end of September, which means that as of today there are 9 days left to vote.  Vote now to help these two aquaponics projects become reality!

All New Aquaponics Journal Website!

I am happy to announce the new, improved website for the Aquaponics Journal.  The new design and site is user friendly and pleasing to the eye.  The home page features the current issue with a photo of the cover and description of the content.

The new “Articles” page offers a wide range of articles for users to read.  The articles cover a great variety of topics related to aquaponics from a diverse mix of authors.  The chosen articles are representative of the almost 60 issues of the Aquaponics Journal, which has been published continuously since 1997.   Typically, the Aquaponics Journal includes articles on methods of aquaponics, how-to, commercial aquaponics, home food production, backyard aquaponics, village aquaponics, educational aquaponic systems, industry events and conferences.  Every issue of the Aquaponics Journal includes the Question and Answer column by Dr. James Rakocy.

The “Back Issues” page shows the content of every back issue, so you can find specific articles,  peruse the entire list to see what has been covered in previous issues and order any back issue in print or electronically via download.  There are links to books, videos and other products you’ll need and want for aquaponics.  The “Blog” link takes you to the new Nelson and Pade blog so you can follow what’s new and happening.

I want to thank the team at Giantseed Creative for creating another great website for our company.

Check out the new Aquaponics Journal website at, enjoy the content, read the articles.  You can subscribe to the Aquaponics Journal at the new site, so you will receive each new issue as soon as it is available.

Welcome to the Nelson and Pade Aquaponics Blog!

Thanks for checking out our new Blog!  We will be posting news, information, event updates, comments and opinions on all things aquaponic.  As long-time leaders in aquaponics, we look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas on this blog.  We are excited and amazed at the growth of the aquaponics industry over the past few years and look forward to what develops in the future.

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.

If you are looking for general information about aquaponics, visit our website at or the new Aquaponics Journal website at:

Best wishes

Rebecca Nelson

Nelson and Pade, Inc.