Hi, I'm Candy Alexander

I got the nickname 'The Aquaponics lady' back in 2008 when I was doing public speaking and teaching people about aquaponics, as I was so polite and friendly. I'm a very chivalrous person. Everyone matters, and I wanted to make sure everyone had their questions answered from adult to child, and loved taking the time people needed to learn.

I've been involved within Aquaponics since 2007, professionally trained within aquaculture, and commercial aquaponics. My passion is to break it all down and give you the simple, easiest version to start your food security and aquaponics journey

My Story...

My first introduction to aquaponics was an article in my favourite sustainability magazine. I was going through a stage of not wanting to eat food. Back in those days, I was a huge environmental and animal activist, and I saw a documentary on the use of pesticides. The person was in a full chemical suit and gas mask spraying pesticides.

I couldn’t eat “food” after that. It wasn’t food, it was slow death through disease.

That was a rough time for me as I was also off work due to severe PTSD and depression, so money was tight and “organic food” expensive and limited. We were renting and the landlord didn’t allow a vegetable garden. I was wanting to give up.

With the article about aquaponics is 2007, I could see the potential. I could move this aquaponics system when we moved. Grow healthy food. I bought the books and videos (yes, there was a time before YouTube). I scavenged, I bartered and I traded time for products.

I built that aquaponics system.

It pains me to say, that first aquaponics system totally tanked. Nothing lived. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I followed the books and videos, but there was so much not there.

With my passion for the environment and animal welfare, I saw an amazing opportunity for the world, if only they knew about it.

That is when I made the best decision of my life. When we next moved (interstate) I changed careers (security) and studied aquaculture. I didn’t want what happened to me, to happen to others. Pardon the pun, but I was hooked!

I could see aquaponics as a way to bring communities together and make sure that everyone had access to healthy nutritious food. Aquaponics, was a way of being able to put a stop to the rivers and oceans being stripped of fish, enable people to grow healthy, chemical-free vegetables where they had low quality and degraded soil as well as water restrictions.

Aquaponics was a win-win for people and the environment.

As I build, and re-built the aquaponics systems, I felt like I was re-building myself. I worked through my PTSD and depression. I transformed, and the more I connected to the ecosystem of aquaponics, the more connected I was with myself.

It pains me to say, that first aquaponics system totally tanked. Nothing lived. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I followed the books and videos, but there was so much not there.

With my passion for the environment and animal welfare, I saw an amazing opportunity for the world, if only they knew about it.

That is when I made the best decision of my life. When we next moved (interstate) I changed careers (security) and studied aquaculture. I didn’t want what happened to me, to happen to others. Pardon the pun, but I was hooked!

I could see aquaponics as a way to bring communities together and make sure that everyone had access to healthy nutritious food. Aquaponics, was a way of being able to put a stop to the rivers and oceans being stripped of fish, enable people to grow healthy, chemical-free vegetables where they had low quality and degraded soil as well as water restrictions.

Aquaponics was a win-win for people and the environment.

As I build, and re-built the aquaponics systems, I felt like I was re-building myself. I worked through my PTSD and depression. I transformed, and the more I connected to the ecosystem of aquaponics, the more connected I was with myself.

My favourite quote is “Prevention is better than cure”. As I watched as others within the industry learned through trial and error, accepting that fish loss was ‘part of the learning’ I didn’t understand. I believed that if people understood the basics about aquaponics, fish loss shouldn’t need to happen.

So, I studied aquaculture (environmental science and a heap more)

To understand the needs of the fish, the importance of bacteria within the system and how fish, bacteria and vegetables interacted in a harmonious relationship ~ a man-made ecosystem. “Look after the fish, and the system looks after itself”.

I am passionate about caring for all aspects of the environment, as well as the ability for people to be able to grow healthy, chemical-free, nutritious food easily within their own backyard with limited time. My aim is to empower families to be able to build their own systems and help people to eat healthy food, free of chemicals, so they can age gracefully.

I remember her grandmother saying, “vegetables used to be vegetables, we never needed to put the word ‘organic’ in front of them, as they were healthy and nutritious from the soil”. Sadly, with the impacts of commercialisation and climate changes occurring, soil around the world is often degraded and eroded, lacking in nutrients to grow healthy vegetables, like back when her grandmothers would garden.

Aquaponics is the logical step to make when people have limited garden space, water restrictions, are renting, don’t have time to spend cultivating the soil, and run busy lives and hectic family schedules.

I believe in empowering families to be self-sufficient in any and all ways possible, including composting, worm farms, and wicker beds.

I am a bit unconventional as I engage with playfulness and simplicity that it is easy for people of all ages to understand, and also enjoy as they learn to live healthily. I’ve often been told that my passion is contagious, and that I “make it easy for you to learn what you need to know”.

“You don’t know what you don’t know”, I’m living proof that aquaponics is a learned skill. The biggest issue today, is people don’t know that they don’t know something. That and they over complicate things. I’m all for keeping things simple.

“People are interested and want to learn, but they don’t know where to start and they don’t know what questions to ask to find their way”. This is why I created free training to help people on their journey, so they have some basics to understand what they don’t know, and learn where to go from here.

Aquaponics is the logical step to make when people have limited garden space, water restrictions, are renting, don’t have time to spend cultivating the soil, and run busy lives and hectic family schedules.

I believe in empowering families to be self-sufficient in any and all ways possible, including composting, worm farms, and wicker beds.

I am a bit unconventional as I engage with playfulness and simplicity that it is easy for people of all ages to understand, and also enjoy as they learn to live healthily. I’ve often been told that my passion is contagious, and that I “make it easy for you to learn what you need to know”.

“You don’t know what you don’t know”, I’m living proof that aquaponics is a learned skill. The biggest issue today, is people don’t know that they don’t know something. That and they over complicate things. I’m all for keeping things simple.

“People are interested and want to learn, but they don’t know where to start and they don’t know what questions to ask to find their way”. This is why I created free training to help people on their journey, so they have some basics to understand what they don’t know, and learn where to go from here.

Want to know about my journey with aquaponics, and how I used it as a way to work through anxiety and PTSD?

Broke, broken, besieged by depression, anxiety, PTSD and in the midst of legal issues I found a way through the mental health struggle. My journey of learning about aquaponics on a practical, as well as deeper level, taught me about myself. Helped me to heal myself, not through repressing, but understanding.

Hear it from the 'fishes mouth' my passion, ethics and dedication. A warm, compassionate and caring woman with a dream to help others have FOOD SECURITY.

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