NDIS Participants: Build Your Capacity, & Life Skills by Learning to

Grow Food & Independence

Are you an interested Provider?

Looking for the easiest and quickest route to organic produce in small spaces ?

INTRODUCING... Life Skills & Capacity Building Program

with Aquaponics

Your simple BLUEPRINT to successful growing.

Now Let's See Some Inspiring Things About Aquaponics!

Aquaponics is a man-made (or woman made) ecosystem in a smaller space. By replicating nature we are producing more healthy food, faster and sustainably.

In this system we have fish that provide constant fertiliser for the veggies, and the veggies filter the water for the fish.

All without soil, in a small space. We create a living ecosystem, and grow lots of food.

Growing food, easily

What's Included

Your Blueprint to Build

Your Blueprint to Create the Ecosystem

Your Blueprint to Keeping it Running

Course Completion Certificate

Unlimited access. Watch as many times as you like

Your Peace of mind knowing your veggies are HEALTHY (Priceless)

Bonuses

Group Community

Simple Tools Course

Water Quality & Disease Basics Course

Fish keeping tests and Water Pump

Price = $600

There will not be another opportunity to join this program again until March 2022 and it will be DOUBLE the price

Benefiting You

As everything with NDIS is based on aligning to your goals, here are some things that this online, self paced course will help you with regarding building your independence

Helping with these goals

Development of daily living skills

Motor Skills

Executive function

Ability to follow instructions

Maintain attention for task completion

Independent living skills by growing food

Increasing Capacity Building

  • Develop skills to be able to live more independently (growing your own food)

  • This may help you develop skills for employment (fish care, routines, structures, responsibility, problem solving) if it is aligned with your goals

  • Improving life choices helping you learn how to have responsibility of gold fish and choosing healthy food options

  • Increase independence by learning how to grow healthy food at home

Support Worker Assistance

This is an online, self paced course that you can do with your support worker.

To get the most of of this course, you need to build the aquaponics system, with your worker if needed.

Once built, it is straight forward to maintain, and there will be maintenance instructions that a support worker can assist with if needed.

To build this small system, there are 2 hand power tools needed. A drill and a jigsaw.

Any handman associated with garden maintenance can use these tools on your behalf if you don't have them and it wont take them long.

Increasing Social Interaction

  • Develop skills and knowledge to increase your ability to interact socially with others (gardening groups for instance)

  • Our Facebook groups will help you with social engagement. Two groups, one for all paid courses with the wider public, and a specific Participants group to connect with others with similar interests and learn how to engage with a common interest)

What Makes This Easy For You To Learn New Skills

  • It's an online program that you can watch in your own time, your own safe space when you are in the right space.

  • It gently pushes you out of your comfort zone to learn something new, gain new skills, in a time and place that feels comfortable for you

  • You don't need to force yourself to function to fit in with someone else's time

  • You get to be active within the online Facebook group when you choose

  • It's self paced so you choose when you watch it and when you build it

  • With the help of your support worker, it is easy to maintain once built

This program covers everything A-Z in a simple to understand way to build and look after your aquaponics system. There is no guess work, just simple guidance.

As everything with NDIS is based on aligning to your goals, here are some things that this online, self paced course will help you with regarding building your independence

Reasonable & Necessary

Does the program align with the NDIS goals of the participant?

This program is designed by a participant with lived experience with autism, PTSD, anxiety and depression, with the intention to help other participants achieve their NDIS and life goals.

Common goals have been focused on with the development of the program such as:

  • Development of daily living skills

  • Motor Skills

  • Executive function

  • Ability to follow instructions

  • Maintain attention for task completion

  • Independent living skills by growing food

  • Social interaction and connecting with others in the community

Value for Money

Unlike programs with set days/ times that may not suit when a participant is most functional, this self-paced, online program is available from the participants safe place, to do when they have the capacity to absorb the videos.

This makes it more valuable ~ as the participant chooses when they can be mentally present to learn.

This program provides lessons to practice skills ongoing in the home environment. It is ongoing value and learning to manage for the participant.

The program assists the participant to learn new skills, and increase their confidence in life.

This program covers everything A-Z in a simple to understand way to build and look after your aquaponics system. There is no guess work, just simple guidance.

For the Support Coordinator

Costs

The cost of the program including the fish keeping pack is $600. This cannot be separated.

This is like if you do a cooking workshop, most of the ingredients are included in the costs.

I cannot however include the actual parts of the aquaponics system, as it is not sustainable for you or me.

To help empower you, my hope is that you will be able to practice building your capacity by going to the hardware store with your support worker if needed, to get the parts needed, and the barrels and gravel used within the aquaponics system can be purchased second hand.

There is a video in the course identifying how to reduce costs to building, and second hand is one of those ways.

The parts to build this system second hand and at the hardware store should be approximately $100 ~ though this will depend on where you get things from.

Making This Happen

Step One: Complete the form to generate an invoice

Step 2: Submit invoice to Plan Manager or pay if self managed

Step 3: Once payment is received, you will get an email with immediate access to the program, and the fish keeping tests will be despatched to the address given

Payments

For self managed and plan managed participants

NDIA have specific ways to pay for workshops, which include dates, hours and codes. As our NDIA plans and goals are all different, so to are our plans. The code that it used needs to fit within your plan and budget.

Please enter the date and code you would like used that are related to your goals in the form

Possible Examples for the Program

Bucket

Category

Description

Code

Rate

Core

Social & Economic Participant

Access Community Social & Rec Activity

04_104_0125_6_1

$60

Capacity Building

Increased Social & Community Participation

Skills Development & Training

09_009_0117_6_3

$60

Program charged according to these categories/ buckets for 10 hours at $60 per hour

For questions email: ask@theaquaponicslady.com

Here's the button to go to the Form to get the invoice

Gardening in small spaces is so much easier, and cheaper now with your Simple Courtyard Aquaponics system

We seem to forget that as adults, we still need to learn things. As adults, we are expected to do something once and be good at it.

What happens?

We tend to fail and give up.

What Others Have Said ... 

"I thought I was too old to garden.

Candy introduced me to a new way of gardening where I didn't have to bend, it was easy to care for and provided hours of entertainment watching the fish.

Even in my golden years, I could grow healthy food and the other residents enjoyed being able to watch the fish".   

Marg R

"Who knew that even renting in this tiny unit that my partner and I could grow our own food.

Candy broke down into simple steps and taught us how to build and look after a small aquaponics system.

We had heard of aquaponics in our permaculture course, and as we only saw large aquaponics setups we didn't think it was possible.

Now, thanks to Candy making it easy, we have healthy vegetables growing in the tiny, cement area".   

Rachel L

“I hate the smell of fish and was worried that this is what our food would taste like. After tasting the veg from Candy’s system we gave it a go.

There is such a difference in taste between the food grown in our little aquaponics system and the veg at the store.

It tastes real again. Like my grandma veg from the garden. You just don’t realise the taste difference with food now.

We are going bigger and never going back to the store veg”.

Alice L

The Program Runs For 90 Days

We Start

on the 30th of November 2021

There will be a kick off call to welcome you in

on the 30th November - 10 am NZT / 29th Nov - 4pm EST 

The first live training & Q&A Session

will be on Tue 7th December - 10am NZT / Mon 6th December - 4pm EST 

All trainings will be at the same time.

We will extend the program by 2 weeks to allow for a break during Christmas/New Year

The Program will finish on the 11th of March

All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available in the membership area within 24 hrs of the call ending

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Does This Program Increase Capacity?

This online, self paced program helps to develop skills to be able to live more independently (growing your own food).

This may help you develop skills for employment (fish care, routines, structures, responsibility, problem solving, following instructions) if it is aligned with your goals.

Improving life choices helping you learn how to have responsibility of gold fish and choosing healthy food options.

Increase independence by learning how to grow healthy food at home

Is This An Activity A Support Worker Can Help With?

This is a perfect, ongoing activity that you can be doing with your support worker. From watching the videos together, taking notes, learning how to sustainably source the parts you need (Most can be got at a hardware store ~ reducing costs, Marketplace and a landscaper), building it, selecting fish, and caring for the fish and lpants. Harvesting the veggies.

How Does This Make Learning New Life Skills Easier?

It's an online program that you can watch in your own time, as many times as you like, in your own safe space when you are in the right space.

It gently pushes you out of your comfort zone to learn something new, gain new skills, in a time and place that feels comfortable for you.

You don't need to force yourself to function to fit in with someone else's time.

You get to be active within the online Facebook group when you choose. It's self paced so you choose when you watch it and when you build it.

With the help of your support worker, it is easy to maintain once built

How Is This Reasonable & Necessary?

The first question, is does the program align with the NDIS goals of the participant?

This program is designed by a participant with lived experience with autism, PTSD, anxiety and depression, with the intention to help other participants achieve their NDIS and life goals.

Common goals have been focused on with the development of the program such as:

Development of daily living skills

Increasing Motor Skills

Increasing Executive functioning

Ability to follow instructions

Maintain attention for task completion

Independent living skills by growing food

Social interaction and connecting with others in the community

Is This Program Value For Money?

Unlike programs with set days/ times that may not suit when a participant is most functional, this self-paced, online program is available from the participants safe place, to do when they have the capacity to absorb the videos. They can watch the videos as many times as they need, at their own pace.

This makes it more valuable ~ as the participant chooses when they can be mentally present to learn.

This program provides lessons to practice skills ongoing in the home environment.

It is ongoing value and learning to manage for the participant.

The program assists the participant to learn new skills, and increase their confidence in life.

This program covers everything A-Z in a simple to understand way to build and look after your aquaponics system. There is no guess work, just simple guidance.

What Are The Costs Of The Program?

The online program cost $600, which includes a fish keeping package that will be shipped to the participant.

It can be covered under either:

'Core' Social & Economic Participant: Access Community Social & Rec Activity

'Capacity building' Increased Social & Community Participation: Skills Development & Training

The cost of building the aquaponics system can be covered in under $100 for parts, sourced with the help of a support workers.

What If There Is Trouble Building The Aquaponics System?

Any handyman or maintenance person will have the tools and can help to physically build the aquaponics system if needed.

This should only take an hour for experienced people with tools.

There are instructions included for a third party to build.

What If There Are Problems/ Questions About The Program?

This is the purpose of the NDIS specific Facebook Group that participant will have access to.

They can post anonymously if they want, and can ask questions about the building, running and care for the fish and veggies.

Participants also have access to the main aquaponics support group on Facebook which they can interact with others around the world doing similar courses.

Learning to improve your life skills and capacity, gently...

What's Included

Your Blueprint to Build

Your Blueprint to Create the Ecosystem

Your Blueprint to Keeping it Running

Course Completion Certificate

Unlimited access. Watch as many times as you like

Your Peace of mind knowing your veggies are HEALTHY

Bonuses

Group Community

Simple Tools Course

Water Quality & Disease Basics Course

Fish keeping tests and Water Pump

Today’s Price = $600

There will not be another opportunity to join this program again until March 2022 and it will be DOUBLE the price