Wow, we are not even two weeks into 2011 and it is already a great year for us! We’ve got exciting news. The Nelson and Pade, Inc. team of aquaponics professionals is growing and we have new books, systems, workshops and announcements coming!
After officially retiring from the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. James Rakocy is now on our consulting staff in addition to being on our Board of Advisors.
And, we have hired aquaculture specialist, Sarah Kaatz, as our Education Director. Sarah has a Master of Science in Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture from Iowa State and a BS in Biology from University of Wisconsin. Sarah spent the past four years working as an Aquaculture Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension. Sarah’s broad range of experience in aquaculture, biology and education will enhance our education program and allow us to diversify our education offerings. As Education Director, Sarah will be involved in our workshops, extended stay training program and working with schools to integrate aquaponics into existing curriculums for students of all ages. With Sarah onboard, we’ll be announcing a much more diverse and frequent workshop schedule for 2011. Plus, we are taking the show on the road. Watch for details on our website!
In late 2010, Kathleen Paynter was promoted to Operations Manager. Kathleen oversees all day-to-day operations of Nelson and Pade, Inc. and is the go-to person for information on workshops, systems, consulting and more!
Keep an eye on our website over the next two months, because there will be new products, systems, services, workshops and equipment offered.
We have a couple of new books on aquaponics in the works and an aquaponics business planning kit. We have a number of new Clear Flow Aquaponics SystemsTM and accessories that we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks for growers of all sizes. Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponics SystemsTM are the only commercial aquaponic systems that Dr. Rakocy endorses. We believe in maximizing production in aquaponics and our systems do just that. Plus, you get the advantage of working with a company that has more experience in aquaponics and more systems and acreage covered in aquaponics than any other! Cumulatively our staff has over 60 years experience in aquaponics and nearly 3 acres in aquaponic production!
And it gets better…Beginning February 1, 2011 we will be offering regular tours of our new 5,000 square foot demonstration greenhouse. Tour guests will see the latest in aquaponic and controlled environment agriculture technology…all in a clean, beautiful, lush greenhouse. Tours are given by our professional and knowledgeable staff.
So, as you can see, good things are happening and we are as passionate about aquaponics as we were 20 years ago.