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.




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, 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.