Master Class Testimonials

I just finished the Aquaponics 101 recently and it was super easy to navigate, had good information & videos to get what I needed out of it for the classroom.  Thanks to Nelson and Pade for offering this opportunity!

Melinda G, Agri-Science Educator

Melinda Goplin Aquaponics June 25, 2020

 I really enjoyed your online Aquaponics Daily Operations class, and I can’t wait to apply my new knowledge to our aquaponics garden. 

Celia M, Oklahoma Aquaponics June 23, 2020

I am liking the course. The handouts that are included are great so I will have a resource to look back at after the course so I can work to implement this into the classes I teach. The videos are great. It is thorough and most of the other questions I will have appear like they will be addressed in the master class. I have always wanted to do the in person class but was never able to make it work. I am glad to see the online alternative.

Randy C. Aquaponics May 28, 2020

I'm really enjoying the online class so far, thanks for putting it together!

Craig B. Aquaponics May 28, 2020

Your products are inspirational, educational and the quality is outstanding.  The idea of being able to take the class from home is truly great because I don’t have to spend a lot of money and time in hotels to see what you are doing. It was awesome and well worth my time and money. Thank you for your wonderful classes!”

Gail Wallace Aquaponics May 28, 2020

Thank You for the wonderful three days of learning at the Master Class.  It was a very exciting learning experience.  The personnel that we interacted with were wonderful, without any exception, they were all eager to respond to any question and they all are great professionals that take the time to correctly and patiently explain any subject in their knowledge.  You should be proud, you have an excellent group of people that share your values and commitment. I haven't felt that much excitement since I founded the companies I have had.  I can only describe that as an overload of ideas and thoughts that passes thru my mind without stop and I have to channel. 

Herminio Correa, Puerto Rico Aquaponics March 29, 2019

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If you have any interest in taking aquaponics to the next level, this course is a must. The team at Nelson and Pade are not only knowledgeable but passionate about getting it right every time. The level of system management and detail is something that we should all work toward in this field. Great three days. Not to mention good old Wisconsin hospitality.  I'm looking forward to doing more with Nelson and Pade in the future.

Troy Hensley, Georgia, Nov, 2018 Master Class Aquaponics November 13, 2018

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Thank you for your hospitality and knowledge Nelson and Pade. Such a great and interactive 3 day course, 100% recommend a visit. We here at Marshall farms are looking forward to the next step in our journey and are very excited for what the future brings.

Steve and Melissa Marshall, Marshall Farms, Barbados Aquaponics September 25, 2018

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Thank you SO MUCH for such a wonderful training.  I attended a lot of professional development  during my career and Nelson And Pade clearly knows how to design and deliver quality education!

Eli Zemper Aquaponics August 2, 2018

Aquaponics Master Class Testimonial from Darick Harvey

Thank you so much for everything Rebecca, John and your team are doing to promote such an awesome advancement for the human race with food production. You truly do have a wonderful staff and an excellent curriculum to empower people to become successful with aquaponics. I am very excited to get started and because of the influence of your master class teachings I have been inspired to want to take this on as a new direction in my life to make a living out of something that is a great contribution to society. I can’t stress enough how awesome I think it is what you all have done and are doing.

Darick Harvey Aquaponics August 2, 2018

Aquaponics Master Class Testimonial from Bob Meyers

It was a good class and I learned a lot.  I think it will help me to make better decisions as I move forward. 

I appreciated the opportunity to taste the tilapia in four different versions (Breaded, un-breaded, ceviche, and smoked) and I enjoyed the daily salad of fresh greens.  Breakfast and lunch, as well as the snacks on the tables, were excellent.  

A lot of work went into this course and I really appreciate all that effort.  From the breakfast, to the lunch, the preparation of the class materials and the presentations given in the greenhouse.  It was well presented.

Bob Meyers Aquaponics August 2, 2018

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Great people to work with and their master class was amazing. Very Impressive and knowledge filled experience. Rated 5 out of 5 stars!


Andrew Ferguson Aquaponics August 2, 2018

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"What a wonderful and enlightening couple days of learning and collaboration in Montello. I am blown away at your curriculum. I gained so much knowledge from your course and hands-on approach. Much hard work ahead, but I have so much ammunition to push forward and wade through the start up process. You helped me immensely hone in on my goals and desires for the years to come. Not only is there a business and industry transition ahead for me, but a lifestyle change I have been seeking for some time now. Actions speak louder than words, so I will leave these thoughts here and get to work! Thanks again for a fantastic Master Class!"


Nashville, Tennesse
August 2017 3-day Aquaponics Master Class®

Michael McGraw Aquaponics September 7, 2017

"The 3-Day Master Class exceeded my expectations coming into this; I'm leaving way more passionate about aquaponics and the importance of it."

Jill Reinert
Wichita, KS
August 2017 3-day Aquaponics Master Class®

Jill Reinert Aquaponics September 7, 2017

"As a social entrepreneur who is trying to make the world a better place - I'm a Global Girl Scout Facilitator as well. AQUAPONICS is a game changer for the school lunch program. Kids as producers, consumers, and ENTREPRENEURS. Everbody needs to eat more greens."

Tracy Walker
August 2017 3-day Aquaponics Master®

Tracy Walker Aquaponics September 7, 2017

"The staff at Nelson and Pade were so wonderful!!!!"

Stacy Lenorud
Mauston, WI
August 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®

Stacy Lenorud Aquaponics September 7, 2017

"That's the only facility who can give real idea for commercial production and their set up is impressive !!!!"

Farrukh Usmani - Pakistan

April 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Farrukh Usmani - Pakistan Aquaponics July 6, 2017

"Everyone here has been so kind and informative. I am so happy to be working with this group! Their values are strong and their commitment to education and research is outstanding. They are truly remarkable people!"

Michelle Ledford - Monterey, TN

June 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Michelle Ledford Aquaponics July 6, 2017

"The Master Class far exceeded my expectations. So much knowledge shared in such a short amount of time. This is the beginning of a wonderful journey."

Todd Hilton - Mansfield, GA

June 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®

Todd Hilton Aquaponics July 6, 2017

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"Thanks again for an amazing master class!!!:-) It was really an eye opener!"

Anders Skaug - Oslo, Norway

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class


Anders Skaug Aquaponics March 15, 2017

"I just want to say how impressed I was with the entire family at Nelson and Pade Aquaponics! You guys have something very special there. What a fantastic atmosphere to work in! I thoroughly enjoyed all of my time at the Master Class and feel like I learned so much. All of you were so helpful and knowledgeable and made it a wonderful experience that I greatly appreciate."

Brown Humphrey - Shreveport, LA

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®

Brown Humphrey Aquaponics March 15, 2017

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"The passion this team has for the business is contagious. The tours and ability to explore the greenhouse was great. Happy Fish ? = Happy Plants"

Janine Pappas - Neptune Beach, FL

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Janine Pappas Aquaponics March 15, 2017

"Love the visual aids and personal, real passion the entire Team at Nelson and Pade have for what they do!"

Jay & Heather Hermes-Stockton, IL

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®

Jay & Heather Hermes Aquaponics March 15, 2017

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"Great training and an amazing facility, but having been a teacher/coach for 30+ years what I was most impressed with is the Nelson & Pade team making it all happen. Great teamwork!"

Dan Whisler - Hutchinson, KS

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Dan Whisler Aquaponics March 15, 2017

"Thank you so much Nelson and Pade for all the great instruction at your 3 day Aquaponics Master Class !! Can't wait to get our system started ,feeling super excited!! Thank you to all the wonderful staff, Carmen , Jannel, Tim and Oliver , Barb and Andrew and Phil and whomever I left out , you all were awesome ! Had so much fun!! ?"

Shawn Grant & Sandi Plott-CT

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Shawn Grant & Sandi Plott Aquaponics March 15, 2017

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"Thank you Nelson and Pade for a wonderful three days of learning. I knew the class would be interesting but I must say it it exceeded my expectations. I learned so much and found it fascinating."

Douglas Joseph - Oro Valley, AZ

March 2017 Aquaponics Master Class®


Douglas Joseph Aquaponics March 15, 2017

masterclasssept2016-6“First and foremost the class was amazing! I had such a great time. The team of Nelson and Pade made my experience more then I could of ever hoped for in a class. The level of experience really shines through with the complete staff. The staff made me feel right at home. I left with knowledge that I will carry with me for years to come. I was able to better understand some things I was a little skeptical about when I arrived. It helped me with my ability to explain things to my friends in areas I previously lacked in.”

Michael Smith, Arkansas

Michael Smith Aquaponics October 20, 2016


Wow - our training was more than I expected. My brother and I have said a few times "What just happened?" Our Master Class Training was eye opening, awesome, just flat out the best training seminar i have ever been to. I enjoyed meeting all our classmates. I did notice that all of the Nelson and Pade staff always had a smile on their faces, and really did seem to like what they were doing. A true joy to be there and learn.

Tom Parker

Fellow Attendee Joe Koch added: I agree Tom, it sure was very educational and fun. Great new people with such a diverse background, too. I believe that when our classmates get their systems built, they will see the same happiness and enthusiasm in their co-workers and helpers. I hope everyone does well with this knowledge. See ya again sometime!

Tom Parker Aquaponics October 20, 2016


What Nelson and Pade are teaching is going to change the world in good ways! Take the Masters Class and join the food change!

Mary Hollabaugh Aquaponics October 20, 2016


Just finished my first day of the 3 day aquaponics master class and I loved it. I learned a ton (and I still have 2 more days of hands on learning left) and the greenhouses are beautiful, definitely a place I want to be in; not to mention the staff is awesome and always ready to answer any questions. Would recommend to anyone looking to learn more about aquaponics.

Everett Miller Aquaponics October 20, 2016

The staff of Nelson and Pade is at the cutting edge of the industry, and has been a fantastic resource for my new farming venture. Aquaponics master class is well worth the time and tuition for the amount of information and support that is provided. I would highly recommend this company if you are considering an Aquaponics venture instead of reinventing the wheel!

Jennifer Heiser Boush Aquaponics October 20, 2016

Master class 9/15-17/2016
This class was everything we expected and more. Coming here just reiterated for us what the future in aquaponics has to offer. We can not wait to get our fish swimming and lettuce growing!! It's a lot to learn and take in but everyone here helps so much with your individual education. The entire team makes you feel so comfortable which makes learning easy and fun.

Ashby Floyd Aquaponics October 20, 2016


Today for lunch I ate the best tilapia I ever tasted. It came straight out of the fish tank at Nelson and Pade, spent several days in their unique purge tank and was then baked for us with slight hint of seasoning. At the end of the day we were treated to a wonderful homemade tilapia ceviche of the highest quality. As i try to fall asleep, my taste buds are crying out for more. Many kudos to all the staff at Nelson and Pade for their amazingly tasting homegrown fish and the incredible informative Master Class!"

Jordan Malmed-Jordan

August 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Jordan Malmed Aquaponics August 25, 2016

"Great course and the N&P folks are tops! Lots of fun. Lots of learning."

Jack Lyke-Pennsylvania

August 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Jack Lyke Aquaponics August 25, 2016

"Thanks for a quality educational forum and a warm and professional staff. I will recommend to anyone interested."

Dennis Rud-Minnesota

August 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Dennis Rud Aquaponics August 25, 2016

"Thanks for taking care of me during the 3 day work shop. I enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal."

Andrew Klamon-Washington D.C.

August 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Andrew Klamon Aquaponics August 25, 2016

"I had a great time at the Master Class and am very motivated to start my own aquaponic venture! Thank you so much for your time!"

Jen Boush-Wisconsin

August 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Jen Boush Aquaponics August 25, 2016

"Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to see and learn about aquaponics from the pros."

Mary Bendickson-Illinois

June 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Mary Bendickson Aquaponics June 21, 2016

“Thanks to Nelson & Pade for putting on a wonderful course -- top shelf effort by a talented team!”

Gene Kirschbaum-Wisconsin

June 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Gene Kirschbaum Aquaponics June 21, 2016

"Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Nelson + Pade for an incredible three days. You were all wonderful! Great information, great company! Be talking to you soon!"

Tim & Beth Barr-Indiana

June 2016 Aquaponics Master Class®

Tim & Beth Barr Aquaponics June 21, 2016

I just finished up the Master Class and absolutely loved it. The staff at Nelson and Pade are by far the most and experienced when it comes to all things aquaponics. From home systems to the largest commercial systems they've got you covered with the tools, education, science, support, consulting, planning, and resources available to assist you regardless of your needs. The entire staff was friendly and went out of their way to make sure I got answers to any questions I had.

Jeff Owens Texas Aquaponics March 29, 2016

I was soo impressed with everyone at Nelson and Pade, i just can't get over how nice everyone was. You and the rest of the crew certainly left a a good impression of Montello, Wisconsin firmly embedded in our minds. I can't remember the last time i enjoyed class room time like i did last week. I guess the interest that I've had in aquaponics for quite some time, finally came to a head when i saw how well your staff is doing with it. It is truly a blessing that i was directed to your website and finally to your home in Montello.

Pat Bergman, Indiana Aquaponics March 20, 2016

Very great class. I would get ready to ask a question and they would answer it before I ask. They give you more than you would expect in 2 days....wish it wasn't coming to an end. The books they give are just as good.

Kelli Cline Tyler, TX Aquaponics February 10, 2016

Copious amounts of knowledge. I received answers to questions I never even thought to ask. Wonderfully well organized and easy to follow along. The Day Packets Nelson and Pade provides are a wonderful tool to have during class and even keep for future reference.

Zac Barbour Colorado Springs, CO Aquaponics February 10, 2016

This has been such a valuable experience, I can't stress this enough! Thank you N&P.

Adrienne Osuch Pheonix, AZ Aquaponics February 10, 2016

I can't say enough about the folks. What a great class. No matter what level of involvement you wish to have in Aquaponics this class is money well spent. Even getting a hobby system to run efficiently would be a quick return on investment in this class.

Dan Barbour Colorado Springs, CO Aquaponics February 10, 2016

I worked for Xerox Corporation and managed various sales teams over the past 20yrs.  That world involved immense competition were training and customer events had to be top notch.  I commented to Rebecca that you guys did a great job finding the right balance between educating us on the industry & technology vs. promoting your product line.  You guys never said anything negative about your competitors, instead you focused on sharing factual information and let us draw our own conclusions…and that is exactly how successful professionals do it.  Hard closing sales tactics are a thing of the past and I’m glad to see that N&P choose the professional approach.

Butch Bland Oahu, Hawaii Aquaponics November 2, 2015

Thank you very much for your hospitality during the training. Every mile traveling from Puerto Rico to attend it was worth it. We are very impressed by the business you have been able to create with this new technology. The information presented in the training has definitely helped us to better understand the technology and how we can create a business with it. We are back home revising our plans based on the information gathered there and will soon contact you to take the next step, project planning.

Miguel Peurto Rico, July, 2015 Aquaponics October 30, 2015

It was a wonderful experience and great fun spending time with well knowledge people like the team of Nelson and Pade. For sure I will keep in touch with you guy. For sure we are going to do something to make a aquaponics project here in Puerto Rico. I fell in love with the people of Wisconsin and there hospitality.

Rodolfo Puerto Rico, July 2015 Aquaponics October 30, 2015

On behalf of Jared, Dan, Janna and I we are truly grateful to the Nelson & Pade group for sharing and spreading the wealth of this AMAZING operation! We truly learned and gleaned  so much info from this worth the trip. It was such an honor and pleasure to get to meet you. It's one thing to hear an amiable voice on the phone but another thing when you get to meet in person!!! We again, ALL cannot thank everyone enough for this pleasure experience! We'll be in touch and hopefully visit again soon.

Jared Tempkin Group, New York Aquaponics August 20, 2015

Wanted to say again how great all the staff at N&P has been.  Really enjoyed the Master Class, and would readily recommend it to anyone wanting to get into the industry.  It was invaluable.  Look forward to working with you all in the future.

Justen Till, Oklahoma Aquaponics August 20, 2015

We had a genuine good time and educational experience learning about the aquaponic industry and your systems. We appreciate the non sugar coated look at the world of aquaponic systems and respect the fact that you cared more about what people needed to succeed than you did on the success of you making a sale. We look forward to visiting your facility in Wisconsin, and for the potential use of your systems in our own business model. Your staff members Heather, Andrew, and Mark are all outstanding and where well informed in giving the information required and kept things well organized. They are all straight forward and hard working and you should be proud of people who work for you and on top of that all the hard work you put into aquaponics over the years. It is certainly something to be proud of!

Ian, Gunnard and Wyatt Nelson, PA Aquaponics August 20, 2015

I'm sure you hear this plenty, but that master's class beyond exceeded my expectations. The high-level relevant knowledge in a comprehensive A-Z aspect is something, as a detailed oriented person, I appreciate greatly - and most importantly has propelled us forward into making a much more informed decision. Hopefully my enthuse will be contagious here in Nashville.

Brian Wong, Trivecca Urban Farm, Nashville, TN Aquaponics August 20, 2015

5 stars! I just returned from the March Masters Class. It was way beyond what I had expected. They have a wonderful science based operation that also makes economic sense.I have my system for my PA farm in the works. They are a facinating and knowledgable group of people that have created exceptional aquaponics systems that really work. I highly recomend taking this class with this company if you are seriously interested in aquaponics. You will also enjoy yourself, I know I did.

Diane Gronendahl Aquaponics August 20, 2015

The class was absolutely the best I have ever attended. The N&P team is not only knowledgeable on the subject matter but are truly a pleasure to work with. We are looking forward to receiving our Home Garden system later this week and to start putting the pieces together next week.

Dan Brenneman, Vero Beach, FL Aquaponics August 20, 2013

I am writing to say a big thank you for the superb way you guys hosted the aquaponics workshop. You guys fed us well, taught us well, and made the workshop very memorable.

Benjamin, Germantown, MD Aquaponics August 15, 2013

Thank you very much for the workshop. It was worth to travel.

etsuya Oi, Businessman, Japan Aquaponics August 14, 2013

We Just finished taking the August, 2013 Masters Class then went on to do an Extended Stay and Learn as the primer for getting our Commercial 500 System stocked and producing! What a great team of people to work with and learn from! John, Rebecca, Heather, and Bryan our thanks to each of you especially for all of your knowledge, help, and guidance 🙂

BJ and Cat Davis Camp Verde, AZ, August, 2013 Aquaponics May 30, 2013

I want to tell you that the Aquaponics Master Class is top notch! As a pharmacist, I have attended many medical and pharmaceutical conferences for continuing education. Your course was on par with the best, at a level that all could understand and even offered the possibility of college credit! The Nelson and Pade Inc. Aquaponics Master Class is a well-designed, science-based learning experience and one in which it was a pleasure to participate!

Dave Wunrow, Rph Marshfield, WI, August, 2013 Aquaponics May 15, 2013

We Just finished taking the August, 2013 Masters Class then went on to do an Extended Stay and Learn as the primer for getting our Commercial 500 System stocked and producing! What a great team of people to work with and learn from! John, Rebecca, Heather, and Bryan our thanks to each of you especially for all of your knowledge, help, and guidance:) -BJ and Cat Davis

BJ and Cat Davis, Campe Verde, AZ Aquaponics August 10, 2012

That was a great workshop. I left trying to keep my head upright so no information would spill out. That last day was pretty valuable just to tie everything together. Overall I think you had a great format for the presentation and for getting the information out.

Geoff Neyman, Colorado Aquaponics August 4, 2012

It was a very beneficial workshop and you and all your staff were very organized and professional. Thanks again. You folks are doing great work.

Tom Harder, McGraw Wildlife Foundation Dundee, IL, Oct, 2012 Aquaponics May 30, 2012

Wanted to once again thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, sorry to have had to leave. Find myself very energized for the coming week so I can continue on.

Dave, Saukville, WI Aquaponics November 20, 2011

I just wanted to thank you again on running a very informative course. There was, for me, just the right mix of "hands on" and classroom. Thank you for you efforts. You folks obviously have a passion for this process and it shows. I thought the mixture of social and commercial requirements was just right.

John Lorusso Aquaponics October 20, 2011

First thanks for your great information and hospitality. What an amazing experience! I know I mentioned this yesterday but truly, I am transformed. My life will not again be the same. Thank you again.

Valerie Lucio, Toledo, Ohio Aquaponics August 9, 2011

It was a great workshop. Your presentations answered so many questions that have been nagging at me for a long time.

Ruth, Ann Arbor, MI Aquaponics May 20, 2011

I would like to add my kudos to Rebecca and John for a well run and very informative training session, one that will truly be remembered as we all join forces to launch an Aquaponics industry in these United States

Chuck Bagwell, Michigan Aquaponics April 20, 2011

Well what can I say but thank you to the entire team. John and Rebecca.....thank you for creating a learning environment that was fun and relaxed. I have been to many conferences during my career as an educator, and this conference was one if not the best I have ever attended.

Stephen, Muskogee, Oklahoma Aquaponics August 12, 2010

I want to say thank you for a fantastic and informative week/end. This has definitely turned my excitement level of starting an aquaponics farm up a few notches. The training was a great balance of sitting and listening to hands on learning and self observation. I appreciate your candor and frankness about the complexity and simplicity of starting a aquaponic system. I look forward to working with you all and learning from you all in the future...near if I have my way!

Navid, Huntsville, AL Aquaponics August 6, 2010

So great meeting you and John this weekend! The workshop was extremely well done, and my head is spinning with ideas.

Sylvia Bernstein Boulder, CO. Aquaponics May 30, 2008