Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Donates Montello Fresh™ Aquaponically-Grown Lettuce to Area Schools

Today I had the opportunity to step away from my desk and visit a couple of public schools in our area school districts. I filled my car with totes of leafy greens that were just harvested this morning by our greenhouse team, and headed out. I had the pleasure of personally delivering these totes of freshly harvested, Certified Naturally Grown produce to two school districts, in celebration of National Farm to School Month.

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is proud to be named a national Farm to School Outreach Partner, and a statewide Green and Healthy Schools provider. This is the third year in a row that Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has celebrated National Farm to School Month by sharing their fresh lettuce – grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemicals – with the 9 public schools located in the Westfield and Montello School Districts. Students, teachers and administrators have expressed their sincere pleasure in receiving this high-quality, locally-grown lettuce to be served in the school lunch program.

Farms around the country are embracing the Farm to School concept, which enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food procurement and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities. Farm to School empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

It is an honor to be able to make this annual donation delivery, and I look forward to doing so again next year!

Jannel Dunn, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® (left), delivering complimentary lettuce to Montello School Districts for Farm to School Month.

 

Westfield School District accepting their complimentary lettuce from Nelson and Pade, Inc.® for Farm to School Month.

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Tours Nelson & Pade, Inc.® for Manufacturing Month

John Pade, Tricia Braun, COO WEDC, Rebecca Nelson at Nelson and Pade, Inc., Montello, WI

As part of Manufacturing Month, WEDC officials toured our headquarters in Montello yesterday and had the opportunity to meet with the company’s employees, learn more about the company’s innovative Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®, and see firsthand what has made our company successful.

For over 30 years, we have helped people from around the world get started and become successful in aquaponic food production. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive training, science-based, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®, and long-term grower support. To date, people from 103 countries and all 50 U.S. states have travelled to our state-of-the-art demonstration facility in Montello to attend our Aquaponics Master Class®.

“When combined with controlled environment agriculture, aquaponics can be used to grow large quantities of high-quality food in relatively small spaces in an environmentally friendly way,” says Rebecca Nelson, co-founder and co-owner. “It is more important than ever to utilize methods of cultivating food that are safe and sustainable and result in food that is healthful and free of contamination.”

Our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® allow growers to produce food year-round in any environment, using a proven system designed and built in Wisconsin. Unlike traditional agriculture, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® use one-sixth of the water to sustainably grow eight times more food per acre, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.

Earlier this year, we joined WEDC’s “Made In Wisconsin” Program, which provides Wisconsin’s companies with a marketing tool and an official “Made In Wisconsin” logo, to help showcase the origin and quality of our products. At yesterday’s event, Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary and COO of WEDC presented our company founders Rebecca Nelson and John Pade with their Made In Wisconsin plaque to honor their commitment to Wisconsin and participation in the program.

“Wisconsin has a long, rich history of manufacturing with companies such as Nelson & Pade,” says WEDC Deputy Secretary and COO Tricia Braun. “We are pleased to support Nelson & Pade through our Made In Wisconsin Program and have the opportunity to celebrate their efforts in manufacturing.”

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Presented With Citation By The Legislature

Representative Joan Ballweg presenting the citation to Oliver Baysinger at Nelson and Pade, Inc.

On Monday, September 11th, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® was honored to receive a visit by Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg of the 41st Assembly District. Representative Ballweg is a strong supporter of our mission to help bring food security to all nations through aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.

On behalf of Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olsen of the 14th Senate District, and herself, Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg presented a plaque encasing a Citation By The Legislature to Nelson and Pade, Inc.® The plaque was accepted by Oliver Baysinger, Business Manager of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

The citation reads:

WHEREAS, Nelson and Pade, Inc. was awarded a 2017 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s Policy Day conference due to their avid commitment and dedication to environmentally-friendly business practices; and

WHEREAS, Nelson and Pade, Inc. is a leader in the rapidly growing aquaponics industry and have continued to expand their product offerings while keeping in mind their constant support for sustainable and environmentally-conscious products; and

WHEREAS, Nelson and Pade’s innovation and leadership has led to the conception of some of the most efficient and environmentally-conscious aquaponics systems in the market; and

WHEREAS, their innovative Zero Discharge-Extra Production (ZDEP) system reuses nutrient-rich water to grow more plants in addition to reducing water usage and eliminating wastewater; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the ZDEP system, Nelson and Pade developed Non-GMO fish food, which provides a better diet for fish and is a more sustainable product; and

WHEREAS, Nelson and Pade’s commitment to sustainability has created innovative solutions that have changed the food system while providing more nutritious fresh food; now

THEREFORE, State Senator Luther Olsen and State Representative Joan Ballweg, on behalf of the Wisconsin State Legislature, congratulate and commend Nelson and Pade, Inc. for being awarded a 2017 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award.

Additionally, Representative Ballweg nominated Nelson and Pade, Inc.® for the “Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin” award, presented by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, for our continued engagement in sustainable business and manufacturing processes utilized in our science-based Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

The Nelson and Pade Team truly appreciates the support of Representative Ballweg, Senator Olson and the Wisconsin Legislature.

 

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 info@aquaponics.com.

 

 

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 info@aquaponics.com

 

Aquaponics: The Future of Farming

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is featured in the Summer 2017 edition of Harrowsmith magazine.

What does every kid learn in school? That to grow anything, you need seed, soil, water and sun. But what if you removed soil from the equation? Wouldn’t the possibilities be almost endless?

And now that’s becoming a reality. A form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (growing plants in water), aquaponics is an interesting alternative for cold-weather nations like ours, as well as urban centers and community growers, as Ontario’s Mississauga Food Bank is showing.

“I read an article online about a year ago about aquaponics, and realized it had potential to help solve a challenge at the food bank,” says Christopher Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. After more research, Hatch hired Wisconsin-based aquaponics consulting firm Nelson and Pade, Inc. to help him set up a system at his facility. “I like the idea of growing year-round in Canada, with our weather, and it being so cold in winter,” says Hatch. “This way, we can grow in the warehouse and control the environment.”.

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Lakeland University and Nelson and Pade Bring Aquaponics to Malawi

Four Lakeland University students, two LU professors and a Lakeland graduate are busy preparing for an incredible collaborative effort, one that will culminate in Africa nearly two months from now.

When completed, this unique student-faculty research and performance project will be responsible for feeding people in the nation of Malawi for years to come through the fascinating technology of aquaponics.

The official title of this two-month initiative is, “The Business of Science: Empowering Entrepreneurship through the Design and Installation of a Start-Up Aquaponics Farm in Malawi, Africa.”

Read the full article in Lakeland Universities, ‘The Blog’.

Edible Madison Features Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

The Summer 2017 Issue of Edible Magazine was recently published, and writer Vanessa Herald has an article titled, “Eating Close to Home with Farm-Raised Fish”, with a feature on Nelson and Pade, Inc.®.

Nelson and Pade is more than just a fish farm; it’s a valuable member of the community. The Montello site is half commercial fishery and half demonstration site to educate an international audience about successful aquaponics production. Everyone from small-scale home producers to future commercial growers participate in tours, classes and the Nelson and Pade Grower Program to learn how to use an aquaponics system with success. The site is also shared by the UW-Stevens Point Aquaponics Innovation Center, researching crop diversification for industry advancement and providing opportunities for students to earn an aquaponics certificate and pursue a profession in the field.

“We’re proud to deliver a high-quality product grown right here,” says Nelson, who knows every input used in their farming system. She knows first-hand their fish are raised in an environment with impeccable water quality and using non-GMO feed. Because of this, she says, “The result is clean, great-tasting fish that is also a choice for sustainability.”

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The Future of Farming

Catalina Margulis of the Harrowsmith, written for Canadians by Canadians, recently published an article on ‘The Future of Farming’, featuring Nelson and Pade, Inc. and one of our growers, AquaFarms at The Mississauga Food Bank in Canada.

Marqulis writes:

What does every kid learn in school? That to grow anything, you need seed, soil, water and sun. But what if you removed soil from the equation? Wouldn’t the possibilities be almost endless?

And now that’s becoming a reality. A form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (growing plants in water), aquaponics is an interesting alternative for cold-weather nations like ours, as well as urban centres and community growers, as Ontario’s Mississauga Food Bank is showing.

“I read an article online about a year ago about aquaponics, and realized it had potential to help solve a challenge at the food bank,” says Christopher Hatch, executive director of The Mississauga Food Bank. After more research, Hatch hired Wisconsin-based aquaponics consulting firm Nelson and Pade, Inc. to help him set up a system at his facility. “I liked the idea of growing year-round in Canada, with our weather, and it being so cold in winter,” says Hatch. “This way, we can grow in the warehouse and control the environment.”

“The Mississauga Food Bank is a very innovative use of our technology because it’s using aquaponics to feed people who don’t have fresh food—it’s a great new direction for food banks,” says Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade. “We have the longest history and most experience in aquaponics. We provide growers with everything they need, including training, so they can be successful both short and long term.”

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