Education Centre for Regenerative Living and Organic Market Garden
Established by Harry Parke and Jeanette Fitzsimons in 1991, and joined by Niva, Yotam, Lily and Dina Kay in 2014.
On the farm you will find sheep, cows, chickens, worms, bees, olive orchard, pecan orchard, chestnut orchard, vegetable and cut flower market garden, establishing food forests, home fruit orchard, home vegetable garden, passive solar house, reclaimed wood built barn, hardwood timber plantations and regenerating bush.
The farm is off-grid, powered by solar and micro-hydro systems, and has multiple springs that flow from the native bush which we use as our water supply.
In 2014, Niva and Yotam established a 1/4 acre market garden on the farm, with the burning desire to feed their community with fresh, local and nutrient dense salads and vegetables. We grow over 8,500 kg of produce every season from this garden.
In 2016 we established Pakaraka Permaculture Education Centre to share our love and experience for organic gardening, self-sufficiency and regenerative living.
We harvest over 1,500 kg of fresh chestnuts which are available mid-March until June. Fresh and hot chestnuts are available in season at our market stalls. Contact us for bulk purchases.
Meet the Farmers
Harry Parke has been a long time organic farmer. Harry has vast experience as a professional in livestock care and management, including 20 years as a professional and competition sheep shearer. Co-founder of Pakaraka farm.
Niva Kay studied interdisciplinary environmental studies and continued into Permaculture design. She had many hands-on experiences around the globe, growing, building and creating while searching for practical sustainable solutions to our global environmental crises. Niva and Yotam co-taught Permaculture design courses in Israel. Niva is a digital producer, film-maker, photographer, producer and director. Check out her recent documentary film - High Tide Don't Hide.
Yotam Kay is a master gardener, growing vegetables and teaching others how to do it since 2005. Yotam loves growing things and sharing his passion for it. Yotam holds a Diploma in Permaculture Design and is a certified teacher. Yotam had been working on a wide range of projects before establishing Pakaraka Permaculture in 2014; leading community garden projects, establishing food gardens & sustainability programs in schools, to managing commercial organic gardens in New Zealand.
Shaked From has been living off-grid for the last decade, focusing on exploring and creating collaborations for regenerative abundance as a response to the global crises. Shaked has been one of the Trustees developing Kotare Village, managed the Heritage Fruit Tree Nursery and Forest Garden for Koanga Institute, and worked with schools and other institutions in establishing food/educational gardens. Shaked has been teaching Permaculture related courses such as Design, Propagation, Forest garden design and management, Appropriate technologies, Bio-char production and application, Bio-intensive gardening, etc. Shaked specifically enjoys exploring practical, place-based, regenerative solutions for simple living.