Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is the First Certified Naturally Grown Aquaponics Producer

Montello, WI – Nelson and Pade, Inc.® was recently announced as the first Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Aquaponics Producer. A global leader in the aquaponics industry, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is proud to be the first aquaponic farm to achieve the CNG aquaponics certification and honored to be associated with CNG, a non-profit organization offering peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers throughout the United States. and four Canadian provinces.

CNG recently announced a new certification program for aquaponic producers. Nelson and Pade, Inc.® was the first to apply and the first to be certified in the new aquaponics program. The standards for Certified Naturally Grown are based on the highest ideals of the organic movement and their approach is based on transparency and direct relationships.

Aquaponics combines fish and vegetable production, producing both in one integrated, sustainable system. When combined with controlled environment agriculture, it can be done 365 days per year, continuously providing fresh, premium quality fresh vegetables. Aquaponics fills the demand for local, premium quality, fresh food.

“Aquaponics is an emerging approach to sustainable farming that’s particularly well-suited to navigating the challenges of food production in the twenty-first century” said Alice Varon, Executive Director of Certified Naturally Grown. “It can reliably provide fresh local produce in cities, deserts, and cold climates alike, twelve months per year, all while requiring a fraction of the water that’s needed in traditional soil-based farming operations. We are delighted to support and help guide the growth of aquaponic food production.”

In addition to operating an aquaponics facility, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® offers comprehensive training programs, Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® and long term grower support.  To date, individuals from nearly 90 countries have travelled to the Nelson and Pade, Inc.® business campus and training facility to attend their Aquaponics Master Class®.   

”The development of this new certification program is a great opportunity for aquaponic farmers to get recognition for their efforts in raising vegetables naturally. CNG is an excellent organization with a long history offering certifications for farmers that grow food using ecological methods.” said Rebecca Nelson, co-founder and co-owner of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, author of Aquaponic Food Production, and Adjunct Instructor at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

More Information: For more information on aquaponic food production, visit, email or call Nelson and Pade, Inc.® at 608-297-8708.

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