Welcome to Permakai, your friendly farmers in Waiuku.
“Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but farm as though you’ll live forever.” ― John Marsden
We, Jennifer and Rory, moved onto our lifestyle block in November 2015 and have converted it to a market garden growing a range of seasonal vegetables and herbs.
In our goal to be as self-sufficient as possible we make our own compost and save our own seeds. Most of our bed preparation, sowing, transplanting, and harvesting is done manually. We make minimal use of technology where appropriate and are always looking at new ways to improve our tools and methods.
Our produce is available through a Farm to Family programme (email us for details) whereby a group of families get together to purchase our vegetables collectively. They order a minimum amount once a month and we harvest and deliver at an agreed day to an agreed place. We also pick to order for farm-gate sales.
Our gardens are designed following the twelve principles of Permaculture to be as efficient and sustainable as possible. To maximise yield and minimise labour and resources we follow the bio-intensive method of growing developed by John Jeavons, and the modern farmer techniques of Elliot Coleman.
Bio-dynamic preparations are used to improve our soil and strengthen our crops, and we sow and transplant according to the bio-dynamic moon calendar. We are in the second year of our three year journey to gain full organic certification.
Looking to the future, we believe that with the increasing rate of change of our planet we need to move beyond living sustainably to developing a resilient way of life. Only by being resilient will we be able to adapt quickly to changing environmental and social patterns. Members of resilient communities know each other and cooperate rather than compete.
Our approach to resilience includes
- Educating and training. We host year 12 horticulture students from a south Auckland school once a week and teach them how to grow their own food. We have a 3-month intern programme that aims to provide participants with the skills and inspiration to set up their own operation.
- Supporting new farmers. We have space for anyone who wants to develop their own market garden using our tools and techniques. We also host and train WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms)
- Strengthening communities. We regularly host different communities and groups on our farm.
If you want to visit or learn more please contact us.
Mid winter pruning workshop
Bill Mollison, one of the founders of Permaculture, has said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
This is a Maori term meaning “food, meal.”
Growing food according to the principles of Permaculture
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