Jul 19, 2017
And the 2017 Sustainable Product of the Year is … By Jasmina Dolce

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council recently presented Nelson and Pade Inc. with the 2017 Sustainable Product of the Year Award for small business. This is the second time that the company was awarded this prestigious honor, recognizing its Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems.

The award was presented at the 2017 Sustainable Business Awards Celebration at Inpro Corporation.

“We are truly honored to have been nominated and awarded the Sustainable Product of the Year Award in both 2014 and 2017,” said Rebecca Nelson, co-founder of Nelson and Pade Inc. “This recognition demonstrates our commitment to sustainability in Wisconsin and around the world.”

Nelson and Pade continues to be a trusted source and supplier in aquaponics and hydroponics. The company’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems are designed to maximize natural processes to grow fresh fish and vegetables year round in any climate. They are currently being used by individuals, entrepreneurs, schools, universities and food banks in almost 30 countries.

For additional information about Nelson and Pade’s products, grower programs and other opportunities, please go to www.aquaponics.com.

Congratulations, Nelson and Pade!

— Jasmina

Greengro Technologies Makes $17 Million Deal

Greengro Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Biodynamics LLC signed a $17 million purchase order with GH Farms Group. The agreement will see Biodynamics build a large solar glass hydroponic greenhouse for the Ohio-based agriculture company. Using Biodynamics’ fully automated off-grid greenhouse technology, GH Farms will cultivate vegetables hydroponically. “We are pleased to be moving forward with the vegetable-growing sector of our operations,” said Greengro CEO James Haas. “Our indoor growing technologies have enormous potential across many types of agriculture applications and we expect to become a major competitor in the space.”

Lakeland University Students to Bring Aquaponics to Malawi

Students and professors from Lakeland University are preparing to build an aquaponics facility in the country of Malawi in Africa. The project is a collaborative effort between business and biology students at the university and graduate student, Patri Tembwe, of Malawi. Tembwe and four Lakeland students are learning how to operate the system through a partnership with Lake Orchard Aquaponics. On July 28, the group will travel to Malawi and begin to assemble the farm. They hope to complete the project by Aug. 8. Tembwe plans to grow tomatoes, lettuce, onions, kale and other vegetables to sell at markets and also supply a nearby orphanage.

Vertical Farming Tour Highlights Operations in PA

As interest in vertical farming continues to grow, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has conducted an educational tour for its urban agriculture partners featuring hydroponics and aquaponics programs in Pennsylvania. The first stop on the tour, which kicked off July 11, was Delaware Valley University. Guests toured the university’s hydroponics and aquaponics greenhouses to see how they are preparing students for these industries. “As schools, government and businesses look at ways to apply the technology to grow food in cities, there has been a demand for education on urban agriculture,” said Scott Sheely, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture special assistant for workforce development. Other sites on the tour included W.B. Saul High School, Metropolis Farm, Aero Development, Garden Spot Village, Steelton-Highspire High School, Ladder & Vine and Messiah College.



Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at jdolce@greatamericanpublish.com.