New workshop announced: Essential Aquaponics for the Backyard Grower

Essential Aquaponics for the Backyard Grower

When: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March, 9 am-3 pm

Where: Springwood, Blue Mountains

Cost:$75 (Early bird) $100 after Friday 1st March

We’ll show you how to raise beautifully fresh organic fish and vegetables in your own backyard using an easy and water efficient growing system!

Learn how to install and run a complete home aquaponics set-up for freshwater fish and veggies all year round.

Some great reasons to book yourself a place:

Know how: learn the key ideas and theory behind successful aquaponics systems

Confidence: get hands on practical experience using materials to build a system and learn to trouble shoot.

Affordable: We’ll show you how to build a system on a budget using affordable materials for a fraction of the price of some commercially available systems. The system we are working on (3 grow beds) should be large enough keep a small family in vegetables and fish and costs around $1000 in materials. I also will show you how to build a smaller system that only costs $100-$200 to make.

Ongoing support: we’ll help you with any questions you might have, both on the day and once you start your own system.

About the course

Dan aquaponicsThis workshop is a beginners course in aquaponics.

We will start with some introductory plant growing information as this is vital before attempting aquaponics. We will discuss garden placement, aspect, and the nutrient requirements of plants as well as some very basic permaculture design ideas.

The gardening introduction will start at approximately 9:30 and run until 11:am. If you feel you already have this knowledge, you are more than welcome to start a little bit later at 11am and join us for morning tea and to meet everyone before we start the aquaponics theory.

Practical demonstrations will involve learning the basic plumbing of an aquaponics setup so you can leave with the knowledge to build your own system, as well as how to trouble shoot and solve common aquaponics issues.389335_263492213749587_214943991937743_473355_910717026_n

Also, we will be building a couple of mini systems to demonstrate the workings of an aquaponics system. These will be large enough to grow a variety of greens and herbs but small enough to fit on even the smallest of balconies. These mini kits will be available for purchase at the end of the course and will cost $120 (to cover the cost of the materials). We will also learn how to grow seedlings specifically for use in an aquaponics system.

This workshop is suitable for all skill and fitness levels. No heavy physical work is involved.

Places are limited to ensure plenty of hands-on experience so bookings are essential.

What to bring

Please bring:

  • note pad, pen and something stable to write on (clipboard etc)
  • work gloves
  • a hat
  • sturdy boots
  • secateurs (if you own them)
  • sunscreen
  • water-bottle
  • a plate of healthy food to share at lunch

About the teacher

Daniel Hatfield is a passionate food gardener, educator and permaculturist. He has been working professionally with plants and gardens since 2006, focusing specifically on organic food gardening since 2008. Daniel believes in producing and promoting growing healthy, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables. He describes his practices as ‘beyond organic’. Daniel approaches food gardening from a wholistic perspective, addressing issues at their core, rather than use quick-fix sprays or fertilisers, either organic or inorganic. He enjoys sharing his passion for permaculture and helping people develop confidence and new skills in organic gardening.

Daniel takes his inspiration from the principles of Permaculture, as well as organic farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin. Daniel completed his Permaculture Design Certificate under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, and holds tertiary degrees in art and photography.

What others have said about our workshops

We loved the workshop very much and found it practical and useful.Great fun and a good way to learn

good, very resourceful, learned a lot, true permie style – just thrown together and used what you have, got everyone involved

awesome stuff!! so inspired and knowledge hungry for more!! THANKYOU

it was informative and fun – you explained it all in a language to newbies could understand easily. Look forward to more workshops!

Absolutely loved it!

Practical, thought provoking. Made creating a garden seem like a realistic goal, even for a beginner. Lots of info, but didn’t get bogged down in the detail. I really enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed it. Thanks for having us at your home. I hope you benefit greatly as much as we have attending. I am inspired! :) good job!

We loved the workshop and learnt a lot

Length was perfect. Split between theory and practical was great. The lunch was brilliant.

Excellent – more, more!


The 2 day practical workshop costs $75 per person (Early bird) and $100 after Friday 1st March 2013. The price includes morning and afternoon tea.

Please complete the registration form below and we will send you an email with additional information.

The number of places is limited to 15 to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form to register your interest.

Payment is available via bank transfer or credit card (details available on booking) or cheque or postal order payable to Daniel Hatfield.


Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 2 weeks before the course. After that time you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person but the fee will be non-refundable. This course requires 6 people to go ahead.

E:, P: 0431 383 516


About Healthy Harvest Kitchen Gardens

Healthy Harvest provides a permaculture-based kitchen garden service for existing food growers and people who are inspired to grow food. We sell fresh chemical-free seedlings, seeds and seasonal produce. We also provide educational workshops, courses, gardening consultations and services. We can help with new vegetable garden designs, maintenance of established gardens, or converting and improving existing gardens ready for growing food. Please see our website for more information: Check out our blog at for news and interesting bits and pieces.

Posted on January 16, 2013, in Aquaponics, Garden design, Gardening techniques, permaculture, Sustainability, urban farming, Workshops and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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