NDIS Horticulture and Aquaponics Program

Looking for a way to be more independent where you live?

Would You Like to Build Your Capacity and Learn How to Grow Some Food Easily in a Way That is at Your Pace?

Breaking down your goal of more independence into simple steps

Are you interested in:

Pet Fish

Gardening & Growing Your Own Food?

Then this NDIS Program is for YOU...

Everyone has the RIGHT to healthy food. With the right support, I believe everyone can learn how to be more independent and grow some of their own food.

I know what it's like to look at something and think you can't do it; that it's "beyond" you.

"I don't have the capacity for this", "I don't know how" and "They don't get it".

You try to get help, support and it doesn't fit. They see your disability, not your ability.

They see what you can't do, and you feel more helpless sinking deeper into despair.

People say that something is "Simple and Easy", but they don't understand that you can't keep pace with them; that you struggle in areas they simply don't see.

"There is no such thing as NORMAL" they say, but when you look at everyone around you, it's like you are looking at another world.

Sure, 'normal' is relative and everyone has issues, sometimes we need a little more help to be at a 'normal' level.

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.

You're Not Alone, and There Is A Way Forward

I always knew there was something 'wrong' with me; that I was different though I appear 'normal' to most people.

They don't realise I have autism. I'm open about the PTSD, anxiety and depression yet I hide the autism, until I can't.

Why am I telling you this?

Because from my own perspective, I GET what it feels like to experience DESPAIR at wanting to be normal, but it seems an impossible dream sometimes.

When I worked in Welfare I learned that we are all different.

We never experience things the same, and when we learn, we learn differently too.

A simple thing like having a small garden that many people have, can feel IMPOSSIBLE.

I certainly felt that way. BUT I don't now.

Gardening is meant to be 'easy' and 'calming', but not when your ability to cope with things is lower.

You know what you need, I don't need to tell you ~ I know this is a perfect solution for many situations, it is up to you to decide if it is for you.

I'm letting my autistic nature out (and it is a relief), to be open, blunt and straight forward.

There are two points important things I'd like you to understand

1. Everyone has the right to healthy food, and the healthiest food is what you can grow.

2. Every successful gardener, had to LEARN how to garden - you can too.

Sometimes people get so focused on our limitations, and they want us to build our capacity in certain ways (hopefully with our best interests at heart), that they forget about things that may be a bit easier to learn to do.

When we only have so much attention, 'other priorities' often come first.

This program was created so you can do it at your own pace, in your safe space, when you are ready.

Gardening as a therapy for autism, depression and anxiety

is well known these days. But it is good for other disabilities too

However, gardening in the soil is not always possible for us.

  • If we rent the landlord may not approve

  • There is often a huge outlay of money that people don't mention

  • Ongoing costs if you live in small spaces

  • You may not be able to dig in the soil, get on your knees to do things, bend over or grip things with your hands

  • The weeding is a nightmare

  • So much work, for little results when you have a small space

You know, sometimes I ache so much that I can barely move. I look at my soil garden and it is too much for me.

Bending, moving, lifting, moving. I struggle so much with it.

This is one of the reasons Aquaponics works for me.

Once built, there is minimal work for me to do and I don't have to bend!

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a way of growing fish and vegetables, herbs or plants together in a soil-less environment.

We replicate how nature works and put it into a small manmade structure. In this structure we create an ecosystem.

the aquaponics system design has a fish tank for the fish, a growing area for the plants and a special filter to convert the fish waste into useable fertiliser for the plants.

The fish provide fertiliser for the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish, all in the manmade structure.

Watch this video for a short explanation (5min)

An aquaponics system that is off the ground, making it easier to maintain and help you to grow a few plants and get enjoyment from the fish

It can help you feel like you are in control of something, ease the intensity that is happening.

Building and maintaining a small aquaponics system helps you:

  • Build cognitive skills

  • Manage Emotional Regulation

  • Develop Concentration Skills

  • Improve Communication Skills

  • Boost Problem-Solving Skills

  • To Gain/Build Autonomy

  • Increase Life Skills

  • Finesse Motor Skills

  • Improve Fine Motor Skills

  • Increase Dexterity

  • With Ability to Sense Hand Movement Without Sight

  • With Strengthening Grip

  • Build Capacity

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Boost your confidence

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Helps to calm you down when you're overwhelmed

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Increase your self-esteem

Helps to build your skills and capacity in daily living by learning to manage things, care for things and be consistent

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Helps you to learn gardening skills and how to grow your own food

Gives you a sense of satisfaction having awareness of the environment, of healthy living and not using chemicals

Some short videos helping you see how aquaponics can help as a form of Garden Therapy

(click on the Thumbnail)

Part 1: Flow & Flourish (5min)

Part 2: Emotional Regulation (6min)

Part 3: Darkness to Growth (Depression) (7min)

Part 4: Aqua

Resilience (PTSD) (7min)

Part 5: Sensory Harmony for Overwhelm & Autism (7min)

This will not be a good fit for everyone, we all experience our disabilities differently and you might need more help from a Support Worker

Think about it now, if you are overwhelmed or over-stimulated, would listening to water calm you,

or make you more overwhelmed or stimulated?

Thinking about it when you are calm, will help you identify if this is something that would be a good fit for you

Is Aquaponics Right For You?

When my PTSD or anxiety gets too overwhelming, sitting by my aquaponics system, watching the fish, hearing the water flowing helps be to be able to breathe again.

It calms me down, and reconnects me to myself.

When my autistic senses are overstimulated, for me listening to the water flowing with my eyes closed helps to calm me.

Looking to build your life skills, and learn how to grow some food?

INTRODUCING... Life Skills & Capacity Building Program

with Aquaponics (Horticulture Therapy)

Your simple BLUEPRINT to successful growing.

NDIS Capacity Building Program with Aquaponics

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.

Some of the Herbs & Veg You Can Grow in Aquaponics

Here's What You Get....

Learn to build and care for YOUR Courtyard Aquaponics System

  • What you need

  • How to Build

  • Creating the Ecosystem

  • The Fish Part

  • The Veggie Part

  • Caring for your Aquaponics System

  • Beautiful fish to look at and relax with

  • The fish keeping tests you need

This means more healthy food for your and your family, in any space, any time.

  • Giving you back the taste of real, healthy food in your space. The smell of the herbs as you brush past them.

  • Getting the maximum amount of veggies growing in your small space

  • Using less water to grow healthy, luscious veggies that you didn't think was possible.

  • Knowing what is on, or not on your food.

  • Having the convenience of walking out into your courtyard, and getting food for dinner.

  • Saving money by growing what you love to eat, when you didn't think you'd be able to.

  • Not having to worry about weeding your veggie patch, or if you have watered it enough to grow your veggies or have you fertilised recently

To help you build a successful small Aquaponics System....

I added these BONUSES

If you worry these may be too advanced, I made these videos for people with no idea or experience, including some kids. Your support worker will be able to support you here. If you need, you can get a handyman to build this, and you look after it ~

#1. Simple Tools to Build Aquaponics System Section

When we are learning something new, that might also include needing to understand how to use a new tool. Just like driving a car, we had to learn how to check the water and oil, add petrol. It's easy when you know, but intimidating when you first see it.

For those who have never used any tools before, I show you the simple tools to build your aquaponics system and how they work.

#2. Water Quality & Disease Basics

Just like when you have a yearly check-up with your doctor and they want blood tests to see what is happening with you ~ this is their basic guide to your physical health.

Looking at the health of the water within an aquaponics system, (through the water quality) is a similar thing. You can maintain and often prevent issues by understanding where it is at.

#3. Access the General Facebook Group for Help & Support

You get access to our exclusive Facebook support group dedicated to helping you succeed in your aquaponics journey! I know that embarking on this sustainable gardening adventure can raise questions and uncertainties along the way.

That's why I've created this community – a place where you can seek consistent support and find answers to all your aquaponics questions.


While our online course equips you with the knowledge and tools you need for success, I know that real-time guidance and support are needed.

#4. Participant Facebook Group for Help & Support

This group is perfect to get the answers and extra support that you feel that you need.

The only silly question is the one unasked.

A place where you don't have to feel self-conscious about limitations.

A place were you can connect with other participants about an interest that you have in common.

If you want healthy, chemical free food for you and your family, this is the aquaponics course for you.

Learn to grow real food and build your life skills

Gardening in small spaces is so much easier, and cheaper now with your aquaponics system

Build your motor skills, memory and ability to follow instructions

What if you too could grow healthy food like this?

WITHOUT..... Wasted money, pesticides, uncertainty??

I've got you covered in this program.

Step by step, everything you need.

NDIS Life Skills & Capacity Building Program with Aquaponics

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)


Group Community

Simple Tools Course

Water Quality & Disease Basics Course

Fish keeping tests and Water Pump

Price = $600

Covered by your NDIS plan if you are self or plan managed and have funding available

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

Here's What You Get....



Getting your started right

Clean, clear instructions on what you need to be able to knock this aquaponics system together within a few hours. Where to put it in your yard and how to lay it out to make it successful.


• Knowing the parts you will need

• Knowing the tools you will need

• Knowing where to build it

• Knowing the layout, in how to build it



Building for a successful harvest

Everything you need to know to build your Courtyard Aquaponics System. From measuring, cutting, washing and plumbing right through to setting it up and watching it run.


• How to measure & Cut everything

• How to clean second hand parts

• How to put it together

• Knowing what water pump you need

• Being at the stage of having your aquaponics system running



Ensuring success

Within this module, you learn how to make this aquaponics system into an ecosystem. This is where you learn about the nitrification cycle, how to colonise with bacteria and water quality to ensure a healthy aquaponics system


• Understanding the different types of filtration, and what is needed

• Learn how to colonise with bacteria

• Understand your water quality

• Understand pH and what affects it



Choosing well

Within this module you will learn all about the types of fish and how many fish you can use within this Courtyard Aquaponics System.

As well as how to add them safely into your aquaponics system to ensure their best health.


• Guppy size fish in aquaponics

• Goldfish within aquaponics

• Adding fish safely to your system

• Healthy fish behaviour



Growing what you love

Within this module you will learn what veggies you can have within your Courtyard Aquaponics System.

As well as how to add seedlings or seeds into your aquaponics system, and which is the best way to start.

We also cover the micronutrients and how to ensure your system has them as naturally as possible.


• What veggies you can add

• How to add seedlings

• How to work with seeds

• Natural micronutrients



Making it work

Within this module you learn all about the maintenance and upkeep of your aquaponics system.

Such as, feeding your fish, how to clean your aquaponics system. The essential water quality testing to ensure a healthy ecosystem, and the checks that you need to do to ensure it is running successfully.


• What to feed your Fish

• How to clean your system

• Water quality testing

• System checks

I'm Ready to Learn New Skills

I struggled for the longest time to grow food

I knew that there was a sustainable way of being able to grow healthy, pesticide free food easily, and in any space.

Honestly, after years of renting and the restrictions, it was so stressful that I thought about giving up this dream, this RIGHT to healthy food.

Hi, I'm Candy.... My journey started 15 years ago...

When I began to get sick from all the pesticides from the 'food' I was buying.  I knew I needed to find a healthy alternative which would be easy and accessible.   I was also driven by my dream of becoming self-sufficient and reducing my carbon footprint.  

BUT I believed the only way to do this was to live on acreage or own my own large home.  Both of these options were out of the question, so I had to find another way.  We had to find a solution that would work in any small space, even if renting.

This is where I discovered the wonders of aquaponics! 

I could see how it was the perfect solution and could not only change my life, but the lives of others and the planet too. 

But the first time I tried it, it totally tanked and I almost gave up ~ I just didn't know, what I didn't know, which caused everything to die.

This is when I decided to delve deeper. 

So I went to Tafe and Uni to learn everything I could about aquatic husbandry.  I knew that if I could look after the fish, then everything else would look after itself. 

By creating a sustainable ecosystem in this way, everything started to work.  

I became passionate about sharing this new possibility.  I had to help others achieve their right to sustainable, healthy food, regardless of space. Regardless of renting and landlords. I had to make it simple and understandable even for beginners. 

This is what has led me to create - Simple Courtyard Aquaponics. 

The first program of it’s kind that will show you how to easily and quickly have your system up and running even with no DIY experience.

I will take you by the hand and help you learn to build a thriving system in as little as 1 afternoon.

I always knew I was 'different'. I took everything literally, I didn't understand sarcasm, and I struggled with life. I didn't get diagnosed with autism until last year, but I always knew there were issues.

PTSD, anxiety and depression I always knew. I had experienced extensive trauma, and what the story above doesn't talk about, is how severely I struggled.

How every day felt impossible to live. Something had to change in my life, and counselling wasn't working for me.

I discovered aquaponics, and for me it changed my life. I was able to find my flow within life, by connecting to the flow of the aquaponics system.

Over the years, it has helped me to increase my capacity. My ability to do things, and to live a healthy life. That is why I chose to offer it to participants.

To help you have more independence, learn and build skills, and hopefully help with your confidence.

Benefiting You

As everything with NDIS programs 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

Increased 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

NDIS Support Worker Assistance

This is an online, self-paced course that you can do with your NDIS 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 won’t 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 NDIS 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 NDIS 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 cover everything A-Z in a simple to understand way in order to build your own aquaponics system. There is no guess work, just simple guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does this program increase capacity?

This online, self paced NDIS 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 an NDIS 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 NDIS support worker, the aquaponics system is easy to maintain once built.

How is this reasonable & necessary?

The first question is, "Does this 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 plan 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 NDIS program value for money?

Unlike NDIS 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?

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

Any handyman or maintenance person will have the tools and can help to physically build the aquaponics system if needed. There are instructions included for a third party to build, if necessary.

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.

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