By Jan Shepel
When a group of students descended on one Montello business last week it was something like “Top Chef” meets “The Apprentice.”
There were business plans and presentations; there were meals and snacks prepared with locally produced fresh ingredients. There was even a ukulele-accompanied business jingle.
It was all part of a class that teaches college students (and interested older non-traditional students) about the business of aquaponics – growing fish and using their nutrient-rich water to grow vegetables, herbs and other marketable plants.
The course is the brainchild of Rebecca Nelson and John Pade of Nelson and Pade, Inc., a world-leader in aquaponics and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point biology teacher Chris Hartleb.