04 May 2014

Supporting Sustainable Farmers

*An update on this post:
A couple of days ago Madelaine reached her ambitious target of $60,000!  What a brilliant outcome that so many people have had faith in her to succeed.  And with one week to go, Bundarra Berkshires are really close to reaching their target of $15,000.  Their project is an exciting one that will enable them to continue to grow their business.  I spoke with Lauren about it last week and she's very committed to this project, so if you're interested in high quality, ethical and (in Lauren's words) bloody delicious food, then please check out the link here and consider supporting them :)

There are a couple of great project proposals on Pozible at the moment that I'm supporting and urge you to take a look at if you're interested in sustainable and innovative farming.

The first project is from Bundarra Berkshires, who I've written about before here.  Lauren and Lachy's proposal is to raise funds to build a commercial kitchen and drying room alongside the butchery room that they've already established, in order to add charcuterie goods to their range of amazing pork.

The second project is from a young farmer from Hollyburton Park, who I've only just heard about.  Madelaine has developed her own organic chicken and egg business on her family's farm just north of Melbourne.  We bought some of her eggs from a farmers market when ours stopped laying (again!).  Madelaine is seeking to raise funds to buy an egg sorting and cleaning machine to enable her business to continue to grow.

Crowd funding on sites like Pozible allows people to support all sorts of projects by pledging money in order to reach a particular goal, so you don't pay unless the project is successful.  It was first used in a farming context by Jonai Farms to build an on-farm butchery.  They reached the target, and the butchery is now completed and operational.  It's another great way of connecting city and country.

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