The 2018 Sustainable Business Awards are designed to recognize Wisconsin businesses for their efforts in developing sustainable products and processes and to recognize some of the amazing business leaders in the state. Each award recognizes both a large and small organization that has stood out in their specific category.
We are humbled to now be a 3-time winner of the Sustainable Product of the Year Award, having been awarded in 2014 and 2017 as well. We appreciate the efforts of the WI Sustainability Council in brining awareness to the need for and benefits of embracing sustainable practices.
In addition to the recognition of our products, we strive to implement sustainable business practices at all levels.
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:
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.”
Nelson 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.
Aquaculture North America published an Aquaponics Spotlight in their Nov/Dec 2017 edition. Nelson and Pade, Inc. and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Aquaponics Innovation Center, were prominently featured.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dining Services now offers local aquaponic lettuce at the deli line and salad bar in the Dreyfus University Center, and the salad bar at Upper Debot.
This lettuce is grown just over 60 miles south of campus at Nelson and Pade Inc. in Montello, Wisconsin. Aquaponic lettuce was first offered to students at these locations last semester and since then has grown in popularity.
Angel Alcantar, assistant director of culinary operations on campus, says that demand is so great at Upper Debot, that the University now purchases 192 heads of aquaponic lettuce a week for that location alone. Alcantar said that the dining services buys aquaponic lettuce to reflect the student body’s desire for a more sustainable campus.
Aquaponics’ green credentials and sustainability is attracting Winconsin’s young generation into farming, says Chris Hartleb, professor of Fisheries Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
Hartleb, who follows the state’s aquaculture industry, says an influx of newer, younger fish farm owners and the rapid rise of aquaponic farms is spurring industry growth. “Generally, the growth of Wisconsin’s aquaculture industry has been stagnant for the past 10 years with as many new businesses opening as others closing,” he tells Aquaculture North America (ANA).
In collaboration with aquaponics industry leader Nelson and Pade Inc, the Aquaponics Master Class has now educated over 1,400 students from over 101 countries and all 50 states since the course began in 1997.
Montello, WI – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council awarded Nelson and Pade, Inc.® with the Sustainable Product of the Year Award for small business. This is the second time that this prestigious honor was presented to Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, recognizing their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.
The award was presented at the 2017 Sustainable Business Awards Celebration at Inpro Corporation. Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, shares “We are truly honored to have been nominated and awarded the Sustainable Product of the Year Award in both 2014 and 2017. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to sustainability in Wisconsin and around the world.“
Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is the most trusted name in aquaponics, an innovative method of food production that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture). In aquaponics, microbes naturally convert the waste from fish farming into an all-natural fertilizer for plant culture. Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® are designed to maximize these natural processes to grow fresh fish and vegetables year ‘round in any climate. To date, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® are used by individuals, entrepreneurs, schools, Universities and food banks in almost 30 countries.
Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® with ZDEP® (Zero Discharge/Extra Production) have revolutionized the aquaponics industry, providing users with a science-based, proven and profitable aquaponic system. They are highly productive and continually produce fresh fish and vegetables, 365 days/year, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Two US patents are held by Nelson and Pade, Inc.® for their innovative designs.
When comparing lettuce production using 1 acre of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® to 1 acre of lettuce farming in the Gila Valley, Arizona, Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s systems grow 6 times more lettuce per acre using 1/6 of the water on an annual basis. The same system also produces 40,000 lbs. of fish. These systems are energy efficient as well, with a majority of the water flow achieved through gravity.
Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has its business campus in Montello, WI, where the systems, 90% made in the USA, are manufactured. Also on site is a state-of-the-art 14,000-sq. ft. greenhouse facility which houses commercial aquaponic systems for demonstration, a large classroom and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Aquaponics Innovation Center. Tours of the facility are available.
In addition to manufacturing systems, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® also offers the Nelson and Pade Grower Program and the Aquaponics Master Class®, which has been attended by individuals from over 100 countries.
For more information, visit www.aquaponics.com or contact Nelson and Pade, Inc., PO Box 761, Montello, WI 53949, USA, 608-297-8708, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh my, what a marvelous May, bursting with blossoms, events and opportunities. Looking out my window, the lake is a brilliant blue, contrasted by myriad shades of green on the freshly leafed trees. Bright sunshine illuminates the splash of jumping fish and the scent of lilacs fills the air.
Our May started with a trip to Minnesota for the University of MN Aquaponics Symposiumon May 2. Rebecca Nelson was both a keynote speaker and panelist at this event. A few days later, we hosted a planning meeting for DATCP (WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection) at our education and training greenhouse facility in Montello.
On Thursday, May 11, Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, along with a handful of other thriving Wisconsin businesses, was recognized as a finalist for the Governor’s Export Achievement Awardat the Wisconsin International Trade Show in Milwaukee, WI. Rebecca attended this event, which showcased opportunities for Wisconsin business in the Export Market. The conference was a very positive experience; one that will help advance our vision of food security for all nations by creating innovative pathways for our company to facilitate the success of new aquaponics projects around the globe.
On the same day, May 11, the Nelson and Pade Team welcomed Dr. Myron Kebus, WI State Aquaculture Veterinarian, and his students for a tour of our facility and the UWSP-Aquaponics Innovation Center with Dr. Hartleb. It is always a pleasure to have Dr. Kebus visit. His students were fascinated by aquaponics and the possibilities it creates for the study of fish in veterinary science.
On May 12, we offered our ½ day Aquaponics Seminar in Montello. Sixteen attendees spent their Friday afternoon learning about aquaponics. This is always a popular training session which highlights the benefits and methods of aquaponic food production as well as introducing attendees to Nelson and Pade, Inc.® and the aquaponics industry.
On May 16, we will welcome back theSTEM Shuttle, operated by the Dream Flight USA Foundation. The STEM shuttle is a mobile classroom in which students learn how to design a space station, operate a robotic arm and study star maps, among other things. Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is a sponsor of the STEM shuttle, providing funding for continued STEM shuttle visits and integrating a work station on feeding people in space with soilless food production. When the STEM shuttle arrives at our business campus, we will host nearly 90 local 5th grade students and their teachers for activities on the STEM shuttle, aquaponic greenhouse tours and lunch.
In addition to all of that, our Team has been busy fulfilling orders for Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®. In May, systems were shipped throughout the US as well as to Malawi, Africa. A large commercial systems is ready to be shipped to Creekside Farms in Neenah, WI.
WI Academy of Science, Arts and Letters featured Nelson and Pade, Inc.® in the Spring, 2017 Wisconsin People & Ideas issue
“Rebecca Nelson always had a passion for raising fish; by the time she was ten, her family’s home was filled with aquariums. Her partner, John Pade, grew up on a dairy farm, learning a lot about livestock and agriculture. The two combined their skills and interests in 1984 when they founded an aquaponics company called Nelson & Pade Inc. Located in Montello, the company today creates new aquaponics technologies and systems while generating sustainably raised food for the Central Sands Region. It also provides training and support for aquaponics growers worldwide.
Aquaponics combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (soil-less plant growing) through an integrated system. Large tanks hold fish that are fed pellets or other protein-rich food. As their water is refreshed, the old water passes through a biological filter and on to trays of growing media (usually a fine gravel) for plants. In the trays, nitrifying bacteria convert the waste ammonia from the fish into the nitrates vital for plant growth. The growing plants remove more and more of the nutrients, filtering the water until it is clean enough to return to the fish tanks.
In their 14,000-square-foot commercial greenhouse, Nelson & Pade Inc. utilizes cutting-edge technologies to grow tilapia, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, kohlrabi, radishes, and other vegetables. The fresh fish and vegetables are made available at local farmers’ markets and sold to restaurants, retail stores, and schools in Montello and throughout Central Wisconsin.”