Organic Market Garden and Education Centre for Regenerative Living
On the farm you will find sheep, cows, chickens, worms, bees, olive orchard, pecan orchard, chestnut orchard, home fruit orchard, home vegetable garden, passive solar house, reclaimed wood built barn, 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.
Established by Harry Parke and Jeanette Fitzsimons 25 years ago. The farm sells olive oil, chestnuts products, pecans and livestock.
Pakaraka Permaculture is a 1/4 acre organic market garden, 1/2 acre food forest, a Permaculture consultancy and an education centre for Permaculture, Organic gardening and Self-sufficiency, established in 2014 by Niva and Yotam Kay, with the burning desire to feed their community with the best food they can grow and to teach others these valuable skills.
Meet the Farmers
Jeanette Fitzsimons the other co-founder of the
farm, taught Environmental Studies and Energy planning at Auckland
University for 12 years and likes to put her theoretical knowledge into
practice on the farm. She recently retired from 14 years in Parliament
as the Co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Parke has been a long time organic farmer. 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
Niva Kay studied interdisciplinary environmental studies
(where she met Yotam) 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 photographer and videographer, and
is behind all of Pakaraka Permaculture's social media.
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
programsin schools, to managing commercial organic gardens in New