Aquaculture Boot Camp
Phase II: Enhancing the Sustainability of New and Limited Resource Aquaculture & Aquaponics Farmers with Innovative Training
Point has collaborated with Ohio State University, Wisconsin Aquaculture
Association, and Nelson and Pade, Inc. to offer Wisconsin’s first Aquaculture
Boot Camp. This project is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and
Agriculture for training new and beginning aquaculture farmers in production
and business in Wisconsin.
of this project is to outreach information and training using both a classroom
and hands on training approach along with industry mentoring to improve the
success of new and beginning aquaculture farmers. The various trainings and
objectives are as follows:
tools for new and beginning farmers to enhance their aquaculture production
success by developing and delivering production curriculum and hands-on practices.
the financial viability and business success of beginning aquaculture farmers
by delivering business management and marketing strategies.
success of new and beginning aquaculture farmers through the ABC mentorship and
partnership with the industry via the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, Nelson
and Pade, Inc. and other partners.
To meet these goals, the UWSP Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, UWSP Aquaponics Innovation
Center as well as project partners will provide an integrated training program, outreaching to
various farmers or students using "3-I" levels:
1. Introductory: a general level where sharing of information to
students or farmers was the goal. This includes visits to the UWSP NADF, UWSP
AIC or another fish farm, sharing of information via calls or emails.
2. Intermediate: a mid-level involvingparticipation in a variety of learning activities
including aqua-business workshops (through UWSP or partners), attending the Wisconsin
Aquaculture Conference or subscribing to educational modules and project
3. Intensive: in-depth level involving immersion in a year-long
hands-on training and mentoring program which includes 12 in person courses, 3
workshops, 1 bus tour of Wisconsin fish farms, and aqua-business project. See flier for more information.
This project will also establish an
aquaculture/aquaponics internship program through partnerships to mentor new
farmers in the Midwest. This will provide 6 internships per year involving
apprentice-type training opportunities for new farmers by pairing them with