We love sharing what we do on the farm and helping others to grow. 

We are excited to offer a variety of events and look forward to meeting you!

Coming Workshops at Pākaraka Farm

Get in touch to inquire about a private event for your organisation

Past Events


16th January - Regenerative Organic Market Gardening Online Course

25th January - Scorpio Books Talk (Christchurch Ōtautahi)

27th January - The Abundant Kitchen at The Food Farm Fermentation Workshop (Christchurch Ōtautahi)

28th January - Productive Organic No-dig Vegetable Gardening Talk with Yotam Kay (Christchurch Ōtautahi)

3rd February - Home Gardening Workshop

23rd March - Ferments & Pickles: The Abundant Kitchen with Yotam and Niva Kay - Auckland - Wai Orea Community Recycling Centre

6th April - Home Gardening Online Course with Yotam

3rd May - Host and MC at the OrganicNZ Award Night, Wellington

5th May - Q&A Six inches of Soil at Mercury Bay Cinema

11-12th May - Panel at Featherston Book Festival, Wairarapa

Testimonials from past events

“Thanks so much for all this, and the fantastic workshop yesterday. I really appreciate your teaching style; very direct, conscientious and friendly, and your knowledge on this is vast, thanks for having the inspiration to share it!”. Sam Dyson

“I came on the fermenting and gardening courses and I really enjoyed both of them. I thought both courses were well presented and I learnt a lot especially about “just give it a go”….”. Andrea Swanney

"For me the day was pitched just right, I have spent many years with my hands in the soil and I came because I am wanting to ramp up our food production for our catering business. Therefore, theory, mistakes made on the journey and suppliers information was exactly what I needed. (Although seeing your beautiful market garden first hand made my heart sing, it was not my primary motive :-) “. Karen Ward

"My partner attended the advanced gardening workshop prior to me attending the pickling/fermenting and preserving workshop, and I’m so glad our learned skills will be able to compliment each others, I can now put to good use what he is growing more of :)

I particularly liked the learning surrounding microbes and gut health - as a new midwife I aim to educate women around this importance for both mums and babies - so having a few recipes and ideas up my sleeve is also hugely beneficial". Deb Boyd

"The Beginners permaculture workshop was really useful for the small,home gardener, lots of useful tips for me to make more of my smallspace, but its also great for those with a bit more land. Very well presented and interesting covering a lot in a short time". Lyn Hamilton-Hunter

"I’ve just completed the Advanced Gardening Workshop at Pakaraka Permaculture. Yotam’s knowledge is vast, yet he communicates even complex subjects in a clear and easy to understand manner. The farm is inspirational and the setting is beautiful, I cannot recommend this course enough - thank you !". Amanda Graham

"The course was packed with useful information with a good balance of discussion and practical presentations. Both Yotam and Niva were warm and friendly and their passion for premaculture shone through. The course showed us the workings and practicalities of life as a market gardener and taught us the concepts of growing sustainably and being good stewards of the land. Jeanette and Harry were
gracious and knowledgeable hosts who were generous with their time and farming experience with our group. If you are thinking of becoming a market gardener, this course is a must." Sophie Holmes

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