Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, Celebrates Milestone Event; Recognizes Guests from 101 Countries

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Thousands of people have attended Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s Aquaponics Master Class®, a comprehensive course covering aquaponics, an innovative, sustainable method of raising fish and vegetables. The Aquaponics Master Class® that took place in November attracted attendees from 4 new countries (Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Lebanon), bringing the total global attendance to 101 countries!

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Dejene Hailu adding a pin to the world map marking his country of Ethiopia. Dejene, along with individuals from Kazkhstan, India and Lebanon, brought the country count of attendees to 101.

The Aquaponics Master Class® that took place November 10-12 attracted attendees from 4 new countries (Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Lebanon), bringing the total global attendance to 101 countries!

Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s Aquaponics Master Class® draws attendees from all walks of life, from over the world. To date, thousands of people have attended this comprehensive course to learn about aquaponics, an innovative, sustainable method of raising fish and vegetables.

The Aquaponics Master Class® that took place November 10-12 attracted attendees from 4 new countries (Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Lebanon), bringing the total global attendance to 101 countries! These attendees travel here to learn about aquaponics and to help advance Nelson and Pade’s goal of food security for all nations.

On Friday, November 11, the Nelson and Pade Team, master class attendees and special guests celebrated this milestone event with a gathering that included aquaponic greenhouse tours and delectable hors d’oeuvres featuring aquaponically-grown fish and vegetables. This was followed by a recognition ceremony for all.

The Nelson and Pade, Inc.® training facility showcased the 101 countries with a large banner outside, flags from all 101 countries inside the greenhouse and, in the classroom, a large world map with pins showing the countries that attendees have travelled from.

Nelson and Pade, Inc.® has a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to expand the awareness and create new and innovative education and research opportunities in aquaponics. In a true demonstration of the partnership and the diversity of foods grown in aquaponics, the UW-Stevens Point Culinary Team participated with a world-class effort. Food stations featuring aquaponically-grown ingredients were strategically placed around the greenhouse. Near the beds of vibrant kale and tomatoes, a tomato/kale soup with kale chips was served. Next to the fish tanks, smoked tilapia was served on a bed of bibb lettuce, topped with pickled celery, fresh chives and a squeeze of fresh orange. All of these ingredients were grown in Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® in Montello, WI.

Just beyond the fish nursery, eggplant crostini with savory ricotta and tomato basil salsa was topped with microgreens, creating a stunning and very flavorful hors d’oeuvre. Adjacent the plant raft beds overflowing with lettuce, a mixed green salad was served with a spiced orange vinaigrette dressing. An infused water station featured “MOLA” (mint, orange, lime and aloe) water. Each ingredient was carefully selected from the array of vegetables grown in the Nelson and Pade, Inc.® greenhouse and creatively and meticulously prepared and served by the UWSP Culinary and Catering Team.

Guests of the celebration had the opportunity to meet attendees, learn about Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s sustainable growing methods and witness the global impact they are having on the production and availability of fresh food around the world.

A recognition ceremony followed the tours. To begin, John Pade, co-founder of Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, welcomed everyone and introduced the company and its goal’s for sustainability and global food security. Next, Andrew Nussbaum of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, shared his thoughts on the impact of agri-tourism and congratulated Nelson and Pade, Inc.® and all involved. Rebecca Nelson, co-founder, followed Mr. Nussbaum, sharing the story of how individuals from over 100 countries came to Nelson and Pade, Inc®. Lastly, attendees of the last four countries represented (Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Lebanon) were invited on stage to add the pin to their countries on the large world map on display. A beautiful world map cake was then cut in celebration.

This milestone event demonstrates the interest in and need for sustainable food production systems around the world. Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, the Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, is the world leader in aquaponic technology and training and strives every day to help people get started and become successful in aquaponic food production.

About Aquaponics:
Aquaponics is the combination of recirculating aquaculture (raising fish indoors, in tanks) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture). It is an integrated system that produces both fish and vegetables, continuously, without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics in the fish culture and without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers for the plant culture. The controlled environment greenhouse prevents contamination from pollution and reduces the instance of pest insect and disease problems. Aquaponics, allows a grower to produce premium quality crops on a year ‘round basis, maximizing production in a given space.

About Nelson and Pade, Inc.®:
Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, the Most Trusted Name in Aquaponics®, helps people get started and become successful in aquaponic food production by providing comprehensive training, proven, science-based Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® and long-term grower support. Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is at the forefront of the rapidly growing aquaponics industry and has shipped Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® to individuals, schools, missions, corporations, businesses and food banks in 25 countries. The company’s goal is Food Security for All Nations.

About the Aquaponics Master Class®:
The Aquaponics Master Class® was developed by Nelson and Pade, Inc.® to provide science-based learning in aquaponics. The intensive 3-day course takes place at Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s state-of-the-art, 14,000 sq. ft. aquaponics training facility in Montello, WI. This class attracts individuals from around the world due to the quality of instruction, in-depth knowledge of the instructors and innovative hands-on learning environment. Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP), offers Aquaponics Master Class® attendees the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit through an accredited university, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Attendee Tom PArker shares, "Wow - our training was more than I expected. My brother and I have said a few times "What just happened?" Our Master Class Training was eye opening, awesome, just flat out the best training seminar i have ever been to. I enjoyed meeting all our classmates. I did notice that all of the Nelson and Pade staff always had a smile on their faces, and really did seem to like what they were doing. A true joy to be there and learn." Read more testimonials

Fun Fast Facts:

  • Nelson and Pade, Inc.® holds patents on innovative Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.
  • A public/private partnership exists between UWSP and Nelson and Pade, Inc.®.
  • Social Entrepreneurship is the business model embraced by Nelson and Pade, Inc.®.
  • Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is a 30+ year old business experiencing continuous growth.
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture allows an aquaponic farm to grow year ‘round.
  • Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® grow 6 times more food on 1/6 of the water.
  • Lettuce grown in aquaponics takes 38 days, seed to harvest.
  • Tilapia is commonly grown in aquaponics because it is hardy and fast-growing.
  • Aquaponics is a sustainable and environmentally friendly method of farming.
  • Vegetables grown in aquaponics are free of pesticides, herbicides & chemical fertilizers.
  • Fish grown in aquaponics are free of contaminants, growth-hormones and antibiotics.
  • Aquaponics provides food safety and food security in any climate.

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