Azerbaijan Marks Country #103

In mid-August, we hosted another 3-day Aquaponics Master Class® offering at our state-of-the-art greenhouse and training facility. Our classroom was packed with attendees from all across the United States, Canada and Azerbaijan, eager to learn more about this sustainable method of food production. During this course, sessions alternated between classroom lectures, demonstrations and hands-on greenhouse sessions. The dynamic that evolves in these classes is fun and exciting, with lots of great food and camaraderie.

One of our attendees is originally from Azerbaijan, marking country #103 at our highly sought after 3-day Aquaponics Master Class®. This attendee is currently working in Maryland, where he and his business partner are interested in starting a commercial aquaponics operation. In addition to beginning a commercial operation and education center in Maryland, they plan to use this profitable business model in the Caspian and Black Sea region, to bring sustainable food to communities in that developing region.

To date, we have now hosted attendees from 103 countries, spanning 5 continent, and all 50 U.S. States and 3 U.S. territories at our 3-day Aquaponics Master Class®. You can read more about this highly sought after training and view our upcoming offerings on our website.

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Named the 2017 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment

L-R, Jannel Dunn, Erin Kuhn and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp

Last week I was asked to step away from my desk, and represent Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, along with my team member Erin Kuhn, at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Policy Day. The event was hosted at the beautiful Monona Terrace in Madison, and the agenda was filled with policy reviews and updates on Human Resources, Taxes and Energy & Environmental topics. Speakers included U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and Governor Scott Walker.

The Business Friend of the Environment award highlights what Wisconsin companies are doing in the areas of sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship. The goal of this awards program is to demonstrate to state policymakers, businesses and the public that sound environmental practices are good for Wisconsin and its business environment.
These awards are available to private industry companies headquartered or with significant operations in Wisconsin. Annually, three winners are selected in each of the following categories: Sustainability, Environmental Innovation and Environmental Stewardship.

Erin and I were honored to accept the award for the Environmental Innovation 2017 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award, on behalf of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp presented us with our awarded plaque that is now proudly displayed in our office. We were also presented with a large Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment flag that will soon be displayed in our bio-secure entryway of our state-of-the-art greenhouse facility for all visitors and guests to see.

We are looking forward to the 2018 awards!

2017 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® Video and Photo Contest

It’s time to show off your system and what you are growing for a chance to win recognition and gift certificates! Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, The Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, just announced their 2017 Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® Video and Photo Contest. This contest is open to all aquaponics growers using Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s® Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® and offers a Grand Prize of $1,000!

Show us your system and get your entry in early! The first 5 entries will receive a $50 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate and t-shirt. Photo and video entries should feature the entrant’s Clear Flow Aquaponic System® and the crops grown within. Video entries should tell the viewers about the system, what you love about it, what you grow and why. We encourage you to be creative, be on camera and share why you chose Nelson and Pade, Inc. ®. Comments on Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® efficiency, quality, documentation, and training and grower program are also a plus. Photos must be accompanied by a written description of the photo, your Clear Flow Aquaponic System® and crops. If you are looking for inspiration, you can watch the 2016 Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® Video and Photo Contest Grand Prize winner on our YouTube page.

Three winners will be selected from both the Video and Photo category. Prizes include; Grand Prize $1,000, 2nd Place Video $500, 3rd Place Video $250, 1st Place Photo $300, 2nd Place Photo $150 and 3rd Place Photo $75. All prizes are awarded as Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificates. Entries must be received by December 1, 2017 and accompanied by a completed entry form. Entry forms can be requested by calling 608-297-8708 or emailing



Robin Hills Farm – Chelsea, MI

Family Farm Market Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®


Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, The Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, helps people to get started and become successful in aquaponic food production by providing comprehensive training, proven, science-based Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® and long term-grower support in the Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Grower Program. For more information, contact Nelson and Pade, Inc.® at 608-297-8708 or