Nelson and Pade, Inc. to host Open House

The new greenhouse facilities at Nelson and Pade, Inc., home to the UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center and Nelson and Pade’s commercial aquaponics production area. This facility is a first-of-its-kind partnership facility for economic development and worker training. The public is invited to a special Open House event this Saturday, April 25th, from 11am-3pm at the facility, located at W3731 State Hwy 23, on the west end of Montello. The event features tours, refreshments and kids’ activities. (Photo submitted)


Community invited to Aquaponics Open House, April 25

Montello, WI - The community is invited to an Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s new, state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouses and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Aquaponics Innovation Center, a first-of-its-kind partnership facility for economic development and worker training.

The Open House will take place on Saturday, April 25, 11am – 3pm. The event will include free greenhouse tours during which guests will see Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s commercial aquaponic system, which can produce 1000 heads of lettuce, 100 lbs of fish and a variety of other vegetables every week. Guests will see and learn about the UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center, the partnership between UWSP and Nelson and Pade, Inc. and the ongoing research projects and outreach efforts. All tours will include information about how aquaponics works, what can be grown and the benefits of this fascinating technology.

A variety of activities for kids are planned, including aquaponically-themed crafts, activities and games. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available to all.

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.

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 in the Nelson and Pade Grower Program. Nelson and Pade, Inc. has shipped Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia and has shared knowledge with people from over 75 countries and all 50 US states through our Aquaponics Master Class.

The fresh lettuce and vegetables grown at Nelson and Pade, Inc. and sold under the Montello Fresh™ name, will again be available at Frietag’s Foods in Montello, Piggly Wiggly in Princeton and Crossroads Market in Green Lake, after May 1. It will also be available at Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s farm stand and at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Montello. Local restaurants, including Rendezvous and Mecan River Inn, feature Montello Fresh™ lettuce.

Details: What: Aquaponics Greenhouse Open House When: Saturday, April 25, 11am – 3pm Where: W3731 State Hwy 23, Montello, WI
More info: If you are interested in learning more about aquaponics, Nelson and Pade, Inc. and the UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center, stop in on Saturday, April 25, 11am – 3pm. If you have questions, please call 608-297-8708 or visit www.aquaponics.com