Aquaponics Master Class® – Course Content

Aquaponic training sessions during Nelson and Pade’s 3-day Aquaponics Master Class alternate between classroom lectures, demonstrations and hands-on greenhouse sessions. Presentations are interesting and dynamic. Attendee questions and participation is encouraged. Attendees get to practice what is taught hands-on in the greenhouse. The experience is fun and exciting, with great food and camaraderie. Activities include fish feeding, water quality testing, plant seeding and harvesting and much more!

See below for a list of the Aquaponics Master Class Course Content: Aquaponics Training: Classroom Sessions:

  • Workshop Introduction, Concept and Purpose
  • Aquaponics History and Overview
  • Benefits of Aquaponics
  • Applications of Aquaponics: Home Food Production, Commercial, Social, Mission
  • Aquaponics Around the World
  • Aquaponic Methods
  • Selecting the Right System for your Needs
  • Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®
  • Indoor Farming
  • Advanced Environmental Control
  • Plant Lighting and Greenhouse Monitoring
  • Advanced Aquaponic Growing Methods
  • Vegetable Choices
  • Biological and Natural Pest Control
  • Fish Biology
  • Fish Nutrition
  • Fish Selection
  • Daily Operation
  • Fish Feeds and Feeding
  • Water Quality Dynamics
  • Nitrification and Mineralization
  • Nutrient Availability for Plants
  • System Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Transpiration and Photosynthesis
  • Permits and Regulation
  • Food safety, HACCP, FSMA
  • Certified Naturally Grown, USDA Organic
  • Marketing Your Aquaponic Crops
  • Aquaponics Project Planning
  • Economics of Aquaponics
  • Start up Costs
  • Operational Costs
  • Profitability and Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Question and Answer
  • Good Agricultural Practices and Best Aquaculture Practices

  Aquaponics Training: Hands-on Greenhouse Sessions

  • Introduction to Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s Business Campus
  • Tour of Commercial and Hobby greenhouses
  • Tour of the UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center
  • Aquaponic Systems in Greenhouse: Identification of Components
  • Aquaponic Systems in Greenhouse: Methods and Applications
  • Aquaponic System Management and Maintenance
  • Greenhouse Components: Identification and Purpose
  • Greenhouse Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Greenhouse Coverings
  • Fish Stocking and Harvesting
  • Fish Acclimation
  • Sample Fish Weights
  • Fish Feed Calculations
  • Seed propagation
  • Transplanting Seedlings
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Data Logging
  • Back Up and Alarm Systems
  • Plant Identification
  • Pest Identification, Scouting and Management
  • Biological Pest Control
  • Harvesting
  • Packaging
  • Marketing
  • Alternative System Designs
  • Filter Tank Maintenance
  • ZDEP®
  • Water Flow Dynamics
  • Water Quality Testing
  • Water Quality Analysis
  • Feeding
  • Fish Purging and Harvesting
  • Fish Filleting
  • Question and Answer
  • Social Hour
  • Tilapia and Vegetable Tasting


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