2010 brought exciting new growth and substantial achievements for Nelson and Pade, Inc., a Montello, WI-based company that specializes in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.
Montello, WI, USA (Vocus/PRWEB) December 07, 2010
2010 brought exciting new growth and substantial achievements for Nelson and Pade, Inc., a Montello, WI-based company that specializes in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of food production that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture) to efficiently grow both fish and plants in one recirculating system. The fish waste provides an organic fertilizer source for the plants and the plants help to purify the water for the fish.
Nelson and Pade, Inc., a 20+ years-old company, offers complete aquaponic system packages for all applications, consulting and project planning services and comprehensive training workshops and learning programs. In early 2010, the principles and staff of Nelson and Pade, Inc. were busy settling into their new, much larger location, which provides expanded office space and over 8,000 sq. ft. of shop and warehouse space for manufacturing and system assembly.
Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, owners and Internationally-renowned aquaponics consultants, spent early March in Singapore, where they were invited to speak on aquaponics at the International Conference on Soilless Culture, sponsored by the International Society of Horticultural Sciences. The 5-day conference included 15-20 minute presentations from scientists hailing from 36 different countries. Nelson and Pade were given a 4 hour time slot to introduce aquaponics to this influential group from the horticulture and agriculture communities around the world.
In April of 2010, Nelson and Pade, Inc. resumed their popular aquaponics workshops and during the year taught aquaponics to over 200 people from 28 states and 12 countries. These comprehensive, hands-on workshops are very well received by attendees and are often the impetus for post-workshop developments in aquaponics. A 2010 workshop attendee, Stephen Mathews, Muskogee, OK, commented: “What can I say but thank you to the entire team. Thank you for creating a learning environment that was fun and relaxed. I have been to many conferences during my career as an educator, and this conference was the best I have ever attended."
So far in 2010, Nelson and Pade, Inc. has built 20 complete Clear Flow Aquaponic SystemsTM for commercial growers, hobbyists, mission groups, Universities and schools. These systems have been installed in locations throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Cumulatively, Nelson and Pade, Inc. has built systems that cover over 2 acres. David Hamlin of Palmetto, FL recently purchased and is operating one of Nelson and Pade’s Clear Flow Aquaponic SystemsTM. He shares: “With Nelson & Pade, you get excellent access to leaders of the industry, timely comprehensive answers to your questions, a superb staff and a system without equal.”
A milestone for Nelson and Pade, Inc. in 2010 was the design, assembly and delivery of the first Living Food BankTM aquaponic system to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. Nelson and Pade travelled to Haiti in October to assist with the construction of the tropical greenhouse and the installation of the aquaponic system. The Living Food BankTM will provide fresh fish and vegetables to the mission and the people in Northwest Haiti.
In November, 2010 Nelson and Pade, Inc. completed the construction of their new 5,000 sq. ft. demonstration greenhouse in Montello, WI. This controlled environment greenhouse is home to a variety of Clear Flow Aquaponic SystemsTM and demonstrates aquaponic techniques, various crop choices and the latest developments in aquaponics technology. Attendees of Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s workshops, tours and Extended Stay Learning Program have the opportunity to learn about aquaponics first hand in this new, innovative aquaponics greenhouse.
Rebecca Nelson and John Pade’s experience in soilless culture and controlled environment agriculture dates back to 1985, when they built the first large hydroponic greenhouse in Wisconsin and they wrote and produced the first video on hydroponic food production. Since then, they have worked diligently to develop soilless and aquaponic technology through their self-funded research. They have generously shared results and information on their website http://www.aquaponics.com (established in 1996), in the Aquaponics Journal, which they publish (started in 1997) and in writing and publishing books, videos and curriculums on aquaponics. The 2008 introduction of Nelson and Pade’s book, Aquaponic Food Production, was the first comprehensive text written about aquaponics.
While there is a lot of talk about aquaponics, Nelson and Pade, Inc. is out there making it happen, supplying aquaponic systems, technology and training for people in developed and developing nations. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.aquaponics.com or call 608-297-8708. A new blog at http://www.aquaponics.com/blog/ provides perspective, information and updates on Nelson and Pade Inc.’s projects, news and events.
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