“Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but farm as though you’ll live forever.” ― John Marsden
Welcome to Permakai, your friendly farmers in Waiuku.
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 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.
- Supporting new farmers:
- We run an intern programme designed to give locals the confidence to start for themselves. We also host volunteers from overseas through the WWOOF movement.
- Getting people growing:
- We offer a start growing service Permagrow to kick-start anyone with some land they want to grow on
- Strengthening communities:
- We regularly host different communities and groups on our farm e.g.we hosted a neighbours day barbecue.
- Enabling local food:
- We are the founding members of the New Zealand local food distribution organisation openfood.nz a member of the international movement popular in Australia, UK, and France, and growing popularity in Italy, US, Canada, South Africa, and India
If you want to visit or learn more please contact us.