Outdoor Wisconsin Features Nelson and Pade Aquaponics

Outdoor Wisconsin, a well-loved and award-winning television show, featured Nelson and Pade Aquaponics recently. Show host, Jeff Kelm, interviewed Rebecca Nelson, Co-founder and President of Nelson and Pade, Inc. in this thorough and fascinating segment.

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Devoted to the outdoor enthusiast, “Outdoor Wisconsin” is a half hour weekly magazine series that travels Wisconsin covering a variety of outdoor activities and related projects.

Rebecca comments, “Dan Small, Jeff Kelm and the Outdoor Wisconsin show are well known and well respected for their long-running efforts at showcasing Wisconsin, the outdoors and natural resources. We really appreciate their efforts and including us in their fantastic show!

Learn more about Nelson and Pade, Inc and aquaponics at www.aquaponics.com

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takes viewers to all parts of the state in all four seasons in an effort to help them understand, respect, and appreciate our natural resources

2018 Video and Photo Contest Winners!

5th annual Nelson and Pade, Inc.
2018 “Show Us Your System” Photo and Video Contest

The 2018 contest yielded a fantastic response and amazing entries.

Our staff truly enjoyed viewing all of the videos and photos that were submitted. We were challenged to pick the winners because we received so many great entries. So many in fact, that we had a tie and added a new video category for the year!

We appreciate all of the efforts of those who entered and also want to acknowledge the enthusiasm and passion that all entrants showed for their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

Congratulations Nelson and Pade Growers on all of your great successes! We are already looking forward to next year’s entries!

Video Winners:


West KY Aquaponics – Benton, KY – 6-500 Commercial 
($1000 Nelson and Pade Gift Certificate)

2nd Place Video:

AquaPals at Arlington High School – LaGrangeville, NY – F5
($500 Nelson and Pade Gift Certificate)

3rd Place Video:

We’ve got a tie!
Coleman ISD- Coleman, TX – F5
Istrouma High Aquaponics
Baton Rouge, LA – RS2-100
($250 Nelson and Pade Gift Certificate, each)

NEW ADDITION – Best Animated Video:

Bob Myers / Laurel Springs Aquaponics
East Bernstadt, KY – F5
($50 Nelson and Pade Gift Certificate)

See all the winning videos!

Photo Winners


Aquaponics.com Offers World’s Largest Selection for Aquaponics

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® offers equipment and supplies for aquaponic growers. Shown here, Nelson and Pade’s Greenhouse manager, Barb Joyce, demonstrates proper transplanting techniques to a trainee. Grow cubes, rafts, plant stakes and other growing supplies shown in photo are all available at www.aquaponics.com/store/

Montello, WI – If you are an aquaponic farmer or gardener or hoping to become one, the aquaponics.com/store/ offers everything you need!

Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, the Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, has been offering information and products on their website, www.aquaponics.com, since 1996.   Over the years, the website has evolved and the online store has grown.  In addition to complete systemhttps://aquaponics.com/aquaponic-systems/s, equipment, training, books and more, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has recently added hundreds of new products to their online store.

Known for offering proven aquaponic systems, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has home and school systems available to purchase in the online store.  Larger systems for schools, missions and commercial ventures are available from Nelson and Pade, Inc.® as well.

Specifically included for DIYer’s, the Aquaponic System Parts category has an abundance of components that you can use to build your own aquaponic system.  This includes tanks, air diffusers and air pumps, water pumps, seals, heaters and much more.

If you are growing indoors, whether in a greenhouse or building, you will find grow lights, dehumidifiers, environmental monitoring and bio security equipment in the Indoor Growing Equipment category.

All aquaponic growers need supplies like fish food, pest control, fish nets and grow cubes. These products can be found in the Aquaponic Growing Supplies category.  Additionally, books, monitoring and alarm systems and water quality test kits are all available.  Of special interest to many, is the just-added Bargains and Used Equipment category.

Aquaponics.com/store/ also offers registration for the Aquaponics Master Class® offered by Nelson and Pade, Inc.® To date, people have travelled from over 100 countries and all 50 US states to attend this comprehensive class.

Get growing!  Visit www.aquaponics.com now!

About Nelson and Pade, Inc.®
Nelson and Pade, Inc.® provides Aquaponic systems, equipment, supplies, training and support to individuals, entrepreneurs, governments and schools who want food security, food quality and a positive return on their investment.  Unlike traditional agriculture, they use 1/6 of the water to sustainably grow 8 times more food per acre, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, year ‘round, in any climate.  Nelson and Pade, has the has the distinguished honor of receiving the “Sustainable Product of the Year” award in 2014, 2017 and 2018, for their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

For more information:
Nelson and Pade, Inc.,
email info@aquaponics.com
call 608-297-8708.

Nelson and Pade, Inc, Honored with Sustainable Business Award

John Pade, Rebecca Nelson accepting the Wisconsin Sustainable Product of the Year Award from Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainability Council.

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is honored to accept the Wisconsin Sustainable Product of the Year award for a small business, from the Wisconsin Sustainability Council.  This award provides recognition of the many facets of sustainability that our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® represent.  From low water usage to zero waste, these systems use less resources while growing an abundance of fresh fish and vegetables.

Read the news at the WI Sustainability Council Website

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.




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.

For more information on Nelson and Pade, Inc and aquaponics, visit www.aquaponics.com

For more information on Seeds and Chips, visit www.seedsandchips.com

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

2017 Photo and Video Contest Winners Announced

The Winners of the Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Photo and Video Contest have been announced!

We appreciate all of the efforts of those who entered and also want to acknowledge the enthusiasm and passion that all entrants showed for their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

1st Place – GRAND PRIZE – $1,000 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Noah Langenfeld – Hancock, WI
F5 Clear Flow Aquaponic System®

2nd Place – $500 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Ennis High School – Ennis, TX
F5 Clear Flow Aquaponic System®

3rd Place – $250 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Aqua Grow Farms – Mississauga Food Bank – Mississauga, Ontario – Canada
Home Garden Clear Flow Aquaponic System®

1st Place – $300 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Oneida Nation Aquaponics – Oneida, WI
Family Farm Market Clear Flow Aquaponic System®


2nd Place – $150 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Sidney Elementary School – Sydney, NY
Home Garden Clear Flow Aquaponic System®


3rd Place – $ 75 Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Gift Certificate
Willow Creek Aquaponics – Kirkwood, IL
MicroFarm Clear Flow Aquaponic System®

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all who entered.

Nelson and Pade lettuce served up fresh on UW-SP campus

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.

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Aquaponics lures Wisconsin’s youth into farming

Intern Colton Branville harvests saugeyes after a year reared in various aquaponics systems at the UWSP. Younger people are especially intrigued by aquaponics’ sustainability as a method for food production, says UWSP professor of Fisheries and Biology, Chris Hartleb

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.

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