About Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
Project 2017-03-02 14:24:02 +1300
Already we grow over 8,000kg of organic produce a season, without using any tractors or heavy machinery, just hand tools. And all that on a quarter acre of land.
Reducing our ecological footprint is a defining aspect of our life choices. We want to continue to inspire gardeners and foodies in New Zealand, by using the energy of the sun to grow the produce, chill it and get it to market.
To keep our produce at a premium quality, and eliminate waste, we need to run a cool room, and we want to do this on solar, which means upgrading our system to handle the load. We want to do this without fossil fuels which are causing climate change so we have chosen clean, renewable solar energy.
By charging an electric delivery car, our vegetables will be delivered in the same way that they are grown – with care for the earth, sunshine and love.
Front End Solar Technologies is using our farm as a model of off-grid sustainability and will be monitoring our system which will be the first of it kind in NZ. They have sponsored us with $8,500, but we need your support to gather the rest.
All the money will go to the solar system purchase and installation cover fees.
There is heaps of goodness to give you in return for your contribution to this incredibly meaningful project so have a look and pick your pledge!
We are growing intensively year round on a ¼ acre and producing over 8,000kg of food a season. Making us one of New Zealand's most productive diversified horticultural operation per acre. We specialise in growing fresh seasonal vegetables, microgreens, herbs, strawberries and salads. We believe the future of food is in small scale diverse and local production. We are very passionate about growing real food for our community.
Our gardens are certified organic by OFNZ. We are located within Pakaraka Farm, which has been organic for over 20 years. We are a heap stricter than what the organic code allows, and we don’t use any commercial herbicides, pesticides or fungicides at all. The gardens are spring fed from a water source located 250 meters in the bush above the gardens.
Using permaculture ethics and principles in the design and implementation of our gardens, our market garden operation is both efficient and regenerative. By implementing a sustainable soil fertility program, we are increasing the life in the soil, building organic matter in the soil and mineralizing the soil with natural macro and micro nutrients.
Yotam and Niva Kay joined Pakaraka Farm in 2014 and established Pakaraka Permaculture market garden as their family project, with the burning desire to feed our community with the best food we can grow.
Yotam loves growing things and sharing his passion for it. He has been living & teaching Permaculture since 2005. Holds a Diploma in Permaculture Design. He had been working on a wide range of projects; leading community garden projects, establishing food gardens & sustainability programs in schools, to managing organic commercial gardens in New Zealand.
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 taught 5 Permaculture design courses together.
Front End Solar proposed a completely off-grid renewable electricity system which comprises a ground mounted 5kW Photovoltaic system connected to an integrated, state-of-the-technology inverter/storage/control system that provides 9kWh of fully controllable storage capacity and interfaces to the site electrical distribution.
The energy management control system is made by Ampere Energy and is manufactured in Spain. It is able to monitor instantaneous and accumulated inputs and outputs and controls import of electricity directly from PV array or battery. Further, it has a one-day forward forecast of inputs and storage capacity, allowing informed decision making by the user regarding meeting loads or load shifting.
The 5kW PV array is made by CSUN and is manufactured in Turkey. These panels have excellent performance under weak light conditions, which is an important feature for the Coromandel. As one of the leading PV enterprises in the world, CSUN delivered more than 1.4GW solar products, to residential, commercial, utility and off-grid projects.
For a pledge of $5, you will become a supporter of the campaign and will receive all of the campaign updates.
For a pledge of $10, we will email you a personal specially designed e-card to express our love and appreciation. We will send you this within 1 week from the end of the campaign.
For a pledge of $25, we will plant a tree in your name and send you a personal thank you email with your name on a rock next to the tree we planted for you. The trees will be planted in a mixed orchard, food forest style, on the south-west border of the gardens. The trees will provide wind protection to the gardens, and will increase the area under production, to grow even more food for our community!
For a pledge of $25, You will get a Niwashi also known as Japanese Torsion Sickle- This little tool is one of the most popular tools in the NZ gardeners tool bag! Can be used as a hoe, a weeder, a path cleaner, a soil breaker, and a trowel just to name a few uses. Thanks to The Garden Tool Store for the generous donation.
For a pledge of $25, You will get a special Lettuce seed bundle which includes the varieties: Tree, Speckled and Odell's Mignonette. NZ wide shipping included. Generously donated by Setha's Seeds.
For a pledge of $30, You will get a special Tomato seed bundle which includes the varieties: Henry's Dwarf Bush Cherry, Tommy Toe, Yellow Current & Scoresby Dwarf. NZ wide shipping included. Generously donated by Setha's Seeds.
For a pledge of $30, you will be invited to join us on an exclusive tour of the gardens, to celebrate the installation of the new solar system. Yummy morning tea included. The invitation will be sent to you two weeks prior to the day of the tour. The date will depend on the complete installation of the system.
For a pledge of $40, a 5kg bag of our farm's organic certified chestnuts will be sent to you, to a New Zealand address of your choice. This reward will be sent to you within a week from the end of the campaign.
For a pledge of $40, join our 108 Sun Salutations event for winter solstice hosted by OM Yoga Studio in Auckland and led by 2 amazing Yoga teachers: Sandey Hoskin and Connie Causa. Suitable for all levels of practice, together we will complete 108 sun salutations and enjoy refreshments from Pakaraka Permaculture, and we'll power up with a Good Buzz kombucha.
Date: 25th June 2017, 11.30am start
For a pledge of $40, you would get 1 * 500gm Sunwarrior Classic Plus of a flavour of your choice: Chocolate, Vanilla or Natural. Includes shipping NZ wide. "Sunwarrior Classic Plus is a Certified Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder. Five amazing amino acid balancing ingredients make one deliciously powerful protein. Organic sprouted wholegrain Brown Rice, Chia, Pea, Quinoa & Amaranth. No chemicals, No GMO's, No fillers or artificial ingredients, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free & soy-free, recyclable BPA-free packaging." Generously donated by Sunwarrior Aotearoa.
For a pledge of $45, you will receive a bundle of 20 strawberry runners, bare rooted Camarosa variety, for you to plant in your garden this winter. They will be sent to you, to a New Zealand address of your choice, when we can guarantee that the runners are healthy, strong and ready for transplanting. We estimate they will be sent during June or July.
For a Pledge of $50, you will receive a $50 voucher to use at the Thunderpants online store. Thanks to the generous donation from Thunderpants. They are our favourite undies, comfortable, NZ made & organic. We will email a $50 voucher to use on Thunderpants' website. Insiders scoop - hold on to this voucher until June for a special vege line that's coming up.
For a pledge of $50, Pakaraka Farm tour come to the farm and see what we are up to. We will visit the market garden, the olive & chestnuts orchards, and the home fruit orchards.
The animals: cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, worms and bees.
Other projects: Harry Parke and Jeanette Fitzsimons’ passive solar house, off grid solar and hydro systems, firewood management, timber plantations and regenerating bush. Meeting at the farm, tour duration 3 hours, Including morning tea. Sunday 24th September 9:00 - 12:00. In case of severe weather, the tour will be postponed. In that case the event will be postponed to the following week.
For a pledge of $75, Farm to table dinner at little bird Unbakery- Come and celebrate autumnal produce with an organic plant based dining experience at the awards winning Little Bird Unbakery. This 4 course menu will be crafted by Megan May and inspired by the organic produce from Pakaraka Permaculture. Generously donated by Little Bird Organics. Date: May 25th, at Little Bird Unbakery, Auckland. We have been supplying Little Bird Unbakery since our very start in October 2014 with weekly deliveries of microgreens, salads, edible flowers and seasonal veggies. We love what they do with our produce and are very excited to provide for this event.
For a pledge of $75 A 45 minutes Skype consultation with either Yotam or Niva Kay. Burning question about your garden systems? This is a great opportunity to talk about gardens, business and lifestyle. Send us your 5 most burning questions and we will continue from there! We will send you an email at the end of the campaign to schedule the consultation and for you to pre-send us any questions or topics you would like our help with.
For a pledge of $80 Become a Pakaraka Permaculture member and receive a 10% discount on your purchases at our farmer markets stalls and on workshops through our website. A perfect pledge for Auckland & Thames residents who stock up (or wish to start) on our veggies on a regular basis. You will receive your member card in the mail. valid for two years! Includes a bag of our Rainbow Microgreens Mix with your first purchase. We will send you an email to notify you about the start of the market season, which will approximately run through mid October to March every year.
For a pledge of $100, Farm to table dinner at Pakaraka Farm- Join us for this very special dinner made with love by your farmers, and enjoy a lovely late spring evening with fantastic food straight from the gardens. As real food loving farmers, we will serve a full course dinner inspired by our travelling around the world and our passion for wild fermentation. Includes a tour of the gardens! Date: 3rd November 2017. Time: Tour starts at 5:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm. In case of severe weather, the dinner will be postponed. In that case, the event will be postponed to the following week.
For a pledge of $140, Choose any one of our fantastic workshops from the list including:
13th May, 7th October - Beginners Home Gardening Workshop.
Learn how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard. In this comprehensive workshop, we will cover many essential topics that will help you grow a productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year.
- 14th May, 8th October - Advanced Home Gardening Workshop.
To have a super productive garden is to do a lot of small things very well. Come and sharpen your skills in this comprehensive workshop, aimed for experienced growers*. Learn advanced skills about how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard or small plot. We will cover many essential topics that will help you grow an even more productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year.
- 20th May, 5th August - Organic Market Gardening Workshop.
Market gardening is not an easy job, but it is a dream for many. In this comprehensive workshop, you will familiarise yourself with what it takes to run a successful market garden, and learn how to do it!
Learn how to grow superb salad mixes, microgreens, seasonal vegetables and edible flowers!
If you are dreaming, interested or already growing food for market in your backyard or farm, you will surely get inspired and equipped to doing it better!
- 28th May, 1st Oct - Towards Self-Sufficiency Workshop.
Skills for your ¼ acre urban section and your lifestyle block. You have got your new piece of land or you are looking for one, the first decisions you make will guide you through for many years. Come and learn from the experience gathered in Pakaraka Farm how to put your dreams into practice.
In this workshop we will introduce you to Permaculture property design, growing fruit trees for year-round harvest, small commercial orchard, keeping a house cow and a few sheep, keeping poultry, keeping bees, firewood management, and food preserving methods.
- 3rd June - Ferment, Preserve, Pickle.
Come and learn what we do in our kitchens. It ‘s all about nutritious foods, made with love. Come and learn how we preserve and ferment the foods that come out of the farm and gardens.
We ferment, preserve and pickle the produce we grow on the farm, but you will gain the same valuable experience from the workshop if you live in the city. Eating live probiotic foods is really important while buying it is so expensive. It is easy and inexpensive to make your own, we will show you how.
- 10th June - Grow Your Own Microgreens.
In this workshop, you will learn how to grow microgreens year-round to feed you family with the most nourishing foods!
We will cover all the basic information there is to know and much more:
Choosing trays, where to grow, simple structures, growing medium, sourcing seeds, seeding rates, health and safety, watering, harvesting, post-harvesting, expected yield, disease prevention, pest management and more.
The workshop includes a detailed demonstration of seeding and harvesting microgreens.
And you will be sowing two trays for you to take home and get stuck right into it!
We will provide tastings of many different verities of microgreens for real celebration of colour and taste.
- 27th August - Livestock on a small block.
What you need to know in order to produce your own milk and meat.
You have more space than you can use for veggies and fruit trees and chooks and are keen to have some livestock. This workshop gives you the tools to manage a few sheep, a house cow, and her calf.
For a pledge of $200, You will get a pair of Even, the world's first earphones that adapt to the unique way you hear. The earphones feature the EarPrint technology and state of the art design that provides superlative comfort and styling combined with unmatched sound personalization in real time. Generously donated by Even. NZ wide shipping included.
For a pledge of $250, Join any 2 of our fantastic workshops or bring a friend with you for only $250. Valid for 2 years.
For a pledge of $325, Join our Organic Gardening Course, starting 5th October 2017 to 7th December 2017 or 1st February 2018 to 5th April 2018. 10 sessions, 3 hours each, on Tuesdays 9:00 – 12:00.
Introduction, Permaculture and making most of your gardening site
Deep soil creation and making soil alive
Propagation and understanding plants needs
Sowing in trays, pricking out
Compost, improving soil fertility and using foliar sprays
Building a compost pile, foliar feeding
Best planting practices, direct sowing and companion planting
Maintaining a productive garden, managing pest and diseases, and irrigation systems
Weeding, tool sharpening, and installing drip irrigation
Crop support structures, season extension and managing a small tunnel house
Creating support systems, setting out cloches
Harvesting tips, saving seeds
Tree planting, collecting seeds
Growing microgreens and salads
Microgreens sowing and harvesting, harvesting and preparing fine leaf salads
Crop planning for a year round harvest, tree planting and care
Using bio intensive master charts, tree planting
For a pledge of $400, 6 x 45m skype consultations for a great price. Valid for 2 years. Let us help you grow.
For a pledge of $450 Invite Yotam for a personal consultation visit to your property. This is a great chance to get 3 hours of professional input for your lifestyle block, community garden, market garden or veggie patch. Travel included, limited to Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty. Please contact us for a potential consultation visit at other areas in NZ.
For a pledge of $1000, Join us for a full 6 days of our farming life. This is a real life learning opportunity. We will spend the days together, tending the gardens, eat together, You will get full explanations about the things we do. You will camp next to the river at our campsite. Timeframe: spring or summer. Perfect for an aspiring farmer.
For a pledge of $2500, Yotam offers to come to your home, community gardens or market garden, to teach a customized full day workshop for up to 25 people. Available NZ wide and includes travel expenses.
For a pledge of $3000, We will advertise your name or your company’s logo on our electric car under the writing "Running On Sunshine Thanks To ...". Minimum of 5 years, or until we change car- whichever is longer. Terms and Conditions apply, please contact us at email@example.com
Please contact us for any inquiries!
0210-2327059 & 07-8685526
We would like to give a huge thank you for our supporters in this campaign:
The People Behind Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
We are in the Sunday Star Times!
09:08AM Sun 16/04/17 on Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
We’re now on Day 18 of the campaign and we’ve raised $11,786 of our $20,000 goal!
That’s a whopping 59% from our 134 awesome backers so far!
Lynda Hallinan took the time to write about our gardens for the Sunday Sun Times. We wanted you to get a chance to read about it. Here is the link to the article on Stuff.
We are also excited to announce that we launched a new modular Organic Gardening Course! and it is now available as a reward.
Thanks so much for your support – only 15 days to go!
Niva & Yotam.
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New reward: Sunwarrior Classic Plus
02:43PM Fri 14/04/17 on Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
We are happy to announce of a new reward: 5 * 500g of Sunwarrior Classic Plus, in 3 flavour choices: Chocolate, Vanilla and Natural. Yum!
Generously donated by our friends at Sunwarrior Aotearoa, to help us be Running on Sunshine.
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06:44PM Wed 12/04/17 on Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
Hooray! Over $10,000 had been pledged to the campaign, Thank you all so much!!
To celebrate, our friends from Extractigators NZ are giving away one extractigator + bigfoot accessory worth $300!!!
We have two extractigators on the farm, as it is the best gorse buster out there.
This giveaway includes all of you who had already pledged on our campaign! Just remember 'like' the Extractigators NZ page on facebook.
The winner will be announced once we receive the pledgers list from PledgeMe.. Around the first week of May. Open for New Zealand & Australia residents only
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20,000 Video views and new heirloom seeds rewards
10:22PM Mon 03/04/17 on Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
We wanted to give a huge shoutout to all the amazing people who donated their time, talent and creativity to help make the campaign video!
Thank you Richard Janutka, our video producer for your excellent work! The video speaks for itself and this is his Upwork link.
Thank you Keren Kay for the ideation and support! Check out her new project http://www.innovesta.co/
Thank you Robin Nathan for the brilliant narration! Check her brilliant music http://www.fleabite.co.nz.php56-22.dfw3-1.websitetestlink.com/
Thank you Curtis Stone for the incredible drone footage and inspiration! Check his work at the Urban Farmer
NEW REWARDS!! Two awesome seed bundles thanks for the generous donation of Setha's Seeds.
5 special seed bundles generously donated by Setha's Seeds. It includes Henry's Dwarf Bush Cherry, Tommy Toe, Yellow Current and Scoresby Dwarf. NZ wide shipping included.
5 special seed bundles generously donated by Setha's Seeds. It includes the varieties: Tree, Speckled and Odell's Mignonette. NZ wide shipping included.
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What an amazing beginning
06:59PM Sat 01/04/17 on Running on Sunshine - Pakaraka Permaculture Organic Market Garden
24 hours into the project we reached our 10% goal and we are now 48 hours in with 20% and over $4000 contributed!!
The support the project gained over these two days had been incredible, and this is thanks to you!
With over 11,000 people watching the video and about 200 shares, our message is spreading fast. If you haven't already, please please share this with your networks to help us reach more supporters.
We are at the Go Green Expo in Auckland today and tomorrow, so come and say hi if you are around.
Niva & Yotam.
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