Aquaponics Featured at Upcoming Events

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Aquaponics, an integrated method of growing fish and plants in a soilless system, is a featured subject at three upcoming events -- The World Aquaculture Conference in New Orleans, the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association Conference and the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference.

John Pade, aquaponic specialist, Nelson and Pade, Inc.

John Pade, aquaponic specialist, Nelson and Pade, Inc.

Aquaponics is an integrated method of growing fish and plants in a soilless system. With the growing demand for local, fresh, safe foods, the interest in aquaponics is growing as well.

Aquaponics is an integrated method of growing fish and plants in a soilless system. Rebecca Nelson and John Pade of Nelson and Pade, Inc., Montello, WI, specialize in aquaponics and have an extensive history in system design, development, consulting and training. Rebecca and John are looking forward to sharing their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for aquaponics at three upcoming events where they are featured speakers.

Aquaponics is an integrated method of growing fish and plants in a soilless system. With the growing demand for local, fresh, safe foods, the interest in aquaponics is growing as well. In aquaponics, you raise a protein crop (the fish) and vegetables in a sustainable system without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, herbicides or pesticides. Aquaponics can be done nearly anywhere, making it a great option for providing high quality, fresh foods near urban or rural markets.    

Nelson and Pade have been invited to do a presentation on aquaponics at the World Aquaculture Society’s Aquaculture America 2011 conference in New Orleans, February 28 – March 4, 2011. This talk will take place on Wednesday, March 2, during the emerging technologies session of the conference. In recognition of their work installing an aquaponic system in Haiti, they will also be involved in a strategic meeting with other individuals involved in aquaculture projects in Haiti. This meeting will explore current efforts, needs and opportunities for helping Haitians grow food in aquaculture and aquaponics and it will give Nelson and Pade a forum to share information on the aquaponics project they are currently involved with in Northwestern Haiti. Anyone interested in learning more about or attending the Aquaculture America conference can visit http://www.was.org.

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association will hold its annual conference in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, March 11-12, 2011. This regional conference covers many aspects of fish farming for aquaculturists as well as prospective fish farmers. On Friday, March 11, 2011, at 11:30am, Nelson and Pade will be giving an overview of aquaponics and on Saturday, March 12 at 11:30am they will be leading the Aquaponic Breakout session. For more information, visit http://www.WisconsinAquaculture.com

Aquaponics is an excellent tool for teaching science in the classroom and at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers 2011 Conference, taking place in Wisconsin Dells, WI, March 17-19, Rebecca Nelson will have the opportunity to explain the technology and applications to science teachers. The theme of this year’s WSST annual conference is "A Scientific Adventure: No Passport Needed." Aquaponics fits this theme just perfectly and Rebecca is looking forward to presenting it in the "New Content" session.

For more information on aquaponics and Nelson and Pade, Inc. visit http://www.aquaponics.com. You’ll find information on their workshops, tours of their demonstration greenhouse, complete aquaponic system packages and growing supplies.

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