We love sharing what we do on the farm. Join us to learn practical skills for organic gardening, farming and homesteading.
Want the workshop to come to you? Please contact us at Hello@pakarakafarm.co.nz
Tutors: Yotam & Niva Kay
Date: 20-21 October 2018, 23-24 February 2019
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Market gardening is a dream for many, and we offer our experience to help you get on the right track, avoid costly mistakes, set up for efficiency and success. Learn the secrets of the trade from one of New Zealand leading market gardens and get your growing business off to the best start.
Learn from our award winning market garden. In this comprehensive workshop, you will familiarise yourself with what it takes to run a smooth market garden operation, with valuable insights for any scale between an urban backyard to a rural 2 acre farm. This workshop is aimed for the people who are seriously interested in starting their own market garden, restaurant garden or are already growing food for market in your backyard or farm.
We will cover all the essentials:
Farm design and setting up infrastructure
Tools of the trade
Bed preparation strategies and techniques
Managing fertility and improving soils
Growing techniques, direct seeding and plant propagation
Field maintenance and weeding techniques
Specific growing and harvesting information on the 15 most profitable crops
How to grow and make amazing salad mixes
Post harvesting techniques
Management of the day-to-day operation
This workshop combines class time with practical sessions in our market garden, where we demonstrate lots of techniques right in the field.
You will receive a comprehensive resource bundle that we have developed with more than 30 documents that we use to operate our market garden. This unique bundle includes information regarding local suppliers, sourcing tools and seeds, recommended books, growing information, propagation calendar, harvesting sheets, detailed salad making information, task sheets, invoice templates, running costs, charts and templates.
We are a part of the new wave of market gardens that produces $100,000 of vegetables and greens per 1/4 acre, and we openly share our experience for you to succeed. Our mission is to educate and empower a new generation of growers that will produce top quality produce for their local market. This is the workshop we would have dreamed to have when we started our own market garden in 2014. Small-scale organic farming is the fastest growing sector in the horticulture industry, and there is a need for more growers everywhere. Come and join us in this new episode in food production!
" Fantastic workshop if you are thinking of setting up a commercial operation for organic vegetable growing. The real time data and practical information gained through years of gardening experience that Yotam shares, will save you months if not years of fumbling through and making unnecessary mistakes. " (Isabel, Auckland)
Organic morning and afternoon tea will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Please bring a plate to share for a potluck lunch on Saturday. The workshop includes an organic lunch on Sunday.
The workshop will be held at the Kauaeranga Community Hall and Pakaraka Permaculture Market Garden.
There is optional camping on the farm at no extra cost. The camping facilities include an outdoor kitchen, composting toilets, hot shower and a swimming spot next to the river. Feel free to Email us for recommended B&B in the area.
*To pay with direct debit, please transfer the appropriate fund to the Co-operative bank, N & Y Kay 02-1248-0053901-052. And email Info@Pakarakafarm.co.nz with order details'.
For any questions regarding this workshop and to inquire about our farm mentoring program please contact Yotam, at Yotam@pakarakafrm.co.nz
To learn more about us and our market garden visit the following:
Tutors: Harry Parke & Yotam Kay
Dates: 5th January 2019
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Learn how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard. In this comprehensive workshop, we will cover many essential topics that will help you grow a productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year.
Tutors: Niva & Yotam Kay
Dates: 10th November 2018, 26th January 2019
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Come and learn what we do in our kitchen. It‘s all about nutritious foods, made with love. Come and learn how we preserve and ferment the foods that come out of the farm and gardens.
We ferment, preserve and pickle the produce we grow on the farm, but you will gain the same valuable experience from the workshop if you live in the city. Eating live probiotic foods is really important while buying it is so expensive. It is easy and inexpensive to make your own, we will show you how to:
Ferment and Pickle Vegetables
Ferment vegetables in brine
Make Ogi (Fermented Millet Porridge)
Sourdough bread and maintaining a sourdough starter
Yogurt & Dairy-free Yogurt
Labaneh (Yogurt Cheese)
Fruit scrap vinegar
Tej (Ethiopian honey wine)
Tutors: Yotam Kay
Dates: 7th October 2018, 15th January 2019
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
In this workshop, you will learn how to grow microgreens year-round to feed your family with the most nourishing foods!
We will cover ALL the information there is to know and much more:
Choosing trays, where to grow, simple structures, growing medium, sourcing seeds, seeding rates, health and safety, watering, harvesting, post-harvesting, expected yield, disease prevention, pest management and more.
The workshop includes a detailed demonstration of seeding and harvesting microgreens.
You will be sowing four trays for you to take home and get stuck right into it!
We will provide tastings of many different verities of microgreens for real celebration of colour and taste.
Tutors: Yotam Kay
Dates: 1st December 2018
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
To have a super productive garden is to do a lot of small things very well. Come and sharpen your skills in this comprehensive workshop, aimed for experienced growers*. Learn advanced skills about how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard or small plot. We will cover many essential topics that will help you grow an even more productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year.
We are excited to offer this unique training program for aspiring market gardeners and homesteaders. Ten weeks of practical hands-on learning combined with workshops, classes and personal projects. During the programs time frame, you will be a part of our farm’s team, working alongside us on the farm, doing what we do. We believe that this integrative style of learning is the ultimate platform to up-skill and empower a new generation of growers. We love what we do, and are excited to share this experience.
The core aspects of the program are:
Small Scale Farming
To read more and apply please visit the programs page at this link