Oneida Nation Embraces Aquaponics

The Oneida Nation uses a Micro Farm 1 from Nelson and Pade, Inc. to grow fresh fish and vegetables for members of the tribe and Oneida School System. The fish and vegetables contribute to healthier food choices and enhanced nutrition.

Today two Green Bay news stations showcased this excellent effort:

ABC 2 Green Bay – Oneida Feature

We are Green Bay – Oneida Feature

ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY-TV) Oneida Nation harvested the first fish from its aquaponics system Wednesday.  The tribe used a USDA Farm to School Grant to build the program in 2016.
Inside the snow covered greenhouse lies a warm environment for Oneida Nation’s aquaponics system.  It’s a connected mechanism where food, tanks, pipes, and lights create a system for fish and veggies to grow.
“We’re in a recirculating system of water where our fish benefit our plants,” Kristy Krenke, Oneida Nation Training and Outreach Intern said. “Our plants in turn will clean our water for our fish.”

There’s about 70 tilapia per tank and it takes about 26 weeks before the fish are ready to be harvested. Oneida Nation is primarily focused on utilizing the lettuce saying, in full production, more than 100 heads of lettuce can be produced a week. “We’re in Wisconsin, winter is a hard one, where not a lot of fresh food is available locally,” said Krenke. The lettuce that is grown is part of the salad bar at Oneida Nation High School. “We would like to see all of our lettuce be utilized at the school and we would like to see the school just purchasing our lettuce,” said Krenke.

On Wednesday, veterans from the tribe had fish tacos. Using the lettuce along with the tilapia from the aquaponics system.
“I’ve never had it, it’s kind of like perch a little bit,” Michael Hill, a Navy Veteran said. “It’s good, I like it.”

Rebecca Nelson, Featured Speaker at Seeds and Chips, Milan, Italy

Seeds and ChipsNelson and Pade, Inc.® is honored to announce that Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade Inc.®, is a featured speaker at Seeds and Chips, the Leading Food Innovation Summit in the World.  This prestigious even takes place in Milan, Italy, May 7-10, 2018.

Speakers include John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, Howard Schultz, Exec. Chairman of Starbucks, Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and other prominent individuals with a focus on sustainability in the food and wellness industries.

Rebecca shares: “I am so humbled to be speaking at Seeds and Chips, in Milan. I will be among global leaders, food innovators and social entrepreneurs, all sharing our passion for creating resilient food systems, embracing good health and wellness and improving nutrition and well-being for all.” Rebecca’s talk is in the session titled: “The Billion Dollar Future of Controlled Environment Agriculture.”

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® will also be an exhibitor at Seeds and Chips, showcasing innovative aquaponic technology, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®, training and education programs.

Seeds Chips is dedicated to showcasing international talent and cutting-edge solutions from around the world.  The 15,000 attendees will meet leading global entrepreneurs, investors and executives building the future of food.  Over 200 exhibitors will showcase products and innovations.

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Note: The above video was added after the Seeds and Chips Summit