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Hi, my name is Madelaine. I grew up on a 440 acre certified organic farm. I've milked goats and cows, planted orchards and gardens and killed and butchered our own food. I have been home educated and to school and I've travelled the world. When I came back from Europe last year my dream was to make a career of organic farming and inspire others.
I originally started my business when I was 8 years old. With a small loan from my parents I bought 20 chickens. Now I have over 900 laying hens.
At the moment I am currently spending 3 to 4 hours a day cleaning and packing my eggs. I would like to make a positive impact on Melbourne and provide real organic eggs to more people. To do this, I need an egg cleaning and grading machine, to cut back the time I spend packing. Come spring I will have doubled my flock of girls and this will double the hours cleaning, packing and delivering to you.
So if we can raise $60,000 together, I get an egg cleaning and grading machine and you would be helping me to raise awareness of ethical farming methods, thus expanding the organic community.
With the new, stricter laws coming in for egg production, having a cleaning machine is a necessity, this new machine would help other small egg producers to get their eggs hygienically cleaned and packed at our farm too.

I have some awesome rewards to offer you for your help.
To find out more about my family and me, check out our website and join our facebook page.
www.hollyburton.com.au
www.facebook.com/hollyburtonfarm
Thank you. Madelaine




difference between Madelaines Eggs and free range eggs

Madelaine's Eggs come from chickens that are truly free range:
- with 900 chickens per 1/4 hectare (3600/hectare) they have plenty of space
- moved onto fresh grass every day!
- they are able to eat fresh grass and bugs
- fed a supplementary certified organic feed that contains minerals, calcium, grains and flower petals, oregano oil and vegetables.
- NOT debeaked
- NOT given hormones/antibiotics.
- NO added artificial colourings
- able to do what chickens need to do: have a dust bath, scratch, fly, jump and lie in the sun.
- Madelaine's chickens can perch at night in a warm safe home.
- They love Madelaine and fly and leap for joy at her arrival.

Chickens that are merely free range:
- Can live on a site that contains up to 40 000 hens per hectare
- May never move off this site
- Are fed conventional feed, which could include GMO grains, hormones and antibiotics.
- Are debeaked to stop them killing each other from boredom and not enough room.
- Their eggs are washed in chlorine
- Their food may have added red food colouring to give colour to the egg yolks.
- They may have no nesting materials
- May not have perches for resting
- May never eat green fresh grass



The life of Madelaine's chickens - why the eggs taste so good

From 24 hours old the fluffy chicks start their life with me. They are kept warm and dry under lights, with lots of fresh water and yummy organic food to eat.
At fourteen days they venture out onto my green pasture in little mobile houses that are moved daily. These houses still have heat lamps and little perches so they can learn to fly and scratch. They spend the next four weeks in these portable houses eating green feed and growing fast and testing out their new feathers, which is lots of fun to watch.
For the next four weeks they are allowed to roam free around my family's lawns and exploring mum's flower garden. My dogs keep them safe from predators.
At 10 weeks of age they move into their adult chicken mobile homes. They get to use the perches and practise laying eggs in the nest boxes. They have lots of fun exploring their new quarter hectare pasture, which is new every four days. At this age they get so excited to hear the sound of me, they run and jump with excitement to greet me.
My hens are certified organic with NASAA No. 3531. NASAA is a leading certifying body that makes sure farmers are ethical and looking after their land and animals in the most environmentally sound way, using only organic methods. This guarantees that the customer is buying a truly organic product.


Some Of My Previous Work

I have been raising chickens for eleven years, milking a herd of goats and planting permaculture gardens. I am hard working and I have orders for double the amount of eggs I am producing at the moment.

SBS did a four part series on organic farms and one was on me and my eggs when I was eleven going on twelve It's called Love's Harvest. This is the episode on my eggs:
http://www.smh.com.au/tv/food/show/loves-harvest/e...


other farm videos.
go to www.hollyburton.com.au

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1imKq0D3yc

www.facebook.com/hollyburtonfarm


How The Funds Will Be Used

Below is the exact equipment I would like to purchase. It is US made, reliable and a quality brand. Brendan from Daylesford Organics, another certified egg farmer, has this brand of machine; his one was made in the 1970's and is still going strong. I have spent many years looking for a secondhand machine and haven't been able to find one.

If I raise $60 000 I can do:

$53 864.54 for the machine 10CSG-VP - cleaning, grading and packing
$4,651 for freight
$2 400 for pozible

If I raise $90 000

it covers the machine, plus builds me a shed for the machine and a cool-room to store the eggs.

If I raise $120 000

it will cover the machine, shed and cool-room, plus I can raise another 1000 birds to point of lay

Check out the video below to see how it works.

http://www.nationalpoultryequipment.com/Videos/mod...

The Challenges

The main risks for egg farmers are disease, foxes and birds of prey. I use natural methods for building the birds' immune systems and maintaining healthy gut flora. They are fed organic feed and shell grit and have access to clean water. But most importantly the hens move with their chook mobile to fresh pasture everyday, avoiding disease and parasite buildup. The chook mobiles are portable chicken houses with nest boxes, perches and a mesh floor. The mesh floor allows the night-time poo to drop through to the ground keeping it away from the chickens and fertilizing the pasture (you can readily see where the chook mobiles have been for the night a few weeks later as the grass growth from the chook poo is enormous).

I have four Maremma guard dogs living with the chickens and keeping predators away.







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A$25 +A dozen organic, actually free-range fresh eggs. To collect eggs I will send you a voucher which you can use in any of my outlets or you can come and see me personally at the Collingwood Children's Farm farmers market (2nd Saturday per month)
156 Chosen | 344 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$30 +Hollyburton calendar This is a calendar of my families farm for all those people who want to be involved but are interstate or overseas. :) It will have thirteen beautiful photos of our farm.
45 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$40 +A dozen organic free range eggs and a Hollyburton calendar. To collect eggs I will send you your calender and voucher which you can use in any of the shops that stock Madelaine's eggs or you can come and see me personally at the Collingwood Children's Farm farmers market (2nd Saturday per month)
27 Chosen | 473 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014
A$65 +A dozen organic free range eggs and a Hollyburton calendar plus 1 organic home grown chicken which is good for soup/curries/stock. To collect eggs and chicken, you can pick it up prearranged from one of my outlets or come and see me personally at the Collingwood Children's Farm farmers market (2nd Saturday per month)
18 Chosen | 82 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$100 +Chicken workshop! I will raise a batch of organic meat birds and teach you how to kill, pluck and clean your own chickens. Come up to the farm for the afternoon and learn how to do this and take home 2 chickens ready to cook.
49 Chosen | 251 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2014
A$150 +A dozen organic free range eggs and a Hollyburton calendar along with 2 organic home grown soup/curry chickens and 2kg of our organic beef or lamb. To collect you can pick it up prearranged from one of my outlets or come and see me personally at the Collingwood Children's Farm farmers market (2nd Saturday per month)
12 Chosen | 188 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014
A$250 +15 dozen of Madelaine's free range organic eggs over a period of 6 months. You will receive the vouchers in the mail, which you can then use any time whenever you need eggs. Just take it to any shops that stock my eggs across Melbourne.
9 Chosen | 21 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$300 +Join a group tour of the farm for two, plus take home a dozen organic free-range eggs and a Hollyburton calendar along with 2 organic home grown soup/curry chickens and 2kg of beef or lamb. * the group tour will consist of no more than 25 people. You will see all aspects of the farm and have tea and scones on the lawn afterwards.
6 Chosen | 194 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014
A$320 +All GoneA delicious three course organic meal to take home for 10 people from Amoro http://www.amoro.com.au/ with Madelaine's eggs in the dessert.
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2014
A$400 +A group tour for a school class on the farm for up to 30 children. Young inspiring entrepreneur Madelaine will talk about business, life and chickens. The class will also get to help Madelaine collect the eggs, they will meet the goats, pigs, cows and sheep. They will try fresh goats' or cows' milk and see her permaculture gardens. The children will get a broad understanding of how an organic farm works.
1 Chosen | 99 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014
A$500 +Come up for the Hollyburton Treatment for two - A colloid mud pack, a swim in the lake. Then a hot bath overlooking the Macedon ranges, sipping homemade ginger beer, eating fresh produce from our land - homemade goats cheese, scones and jam. Plus a take home pack of produce - eggs, milk, jam, veggies and a Hollyburton calendar
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2014
A$550 +Have Madelaine talk on business, life and chickens at your school. Listen to her inspiring and funny story of life on the farm: a mix education of school and home school. Dealing with being dyslexic. Travelling the world, building a business from eight years of age and having an SBS documentary made about her. Other Topics she covers are- - running a business - crowd funding - chickens - permaculture Madelaine also does business brainstorming with the kids.
1 Chosen | 24 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2014
A$600 +A romantic candle-lit dinner, five course meal for two. In the fields by the lake with a fire heated bath. Includes a bottle of champagne.
0 Chosen | 50 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$700 +A professional family/couple photoshoot with the animals on the farm taken by www.untitledweddingphotographer.net including 10-15 hi-res images on disc and ready to print. Valued at $1500 Afternoon tea on the lawns plus a Hollyburton produce pack - eggs, jam, veggies and a Hollyburton calendar along with 2 organic home grown chickens.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$750 +A night on the farm for two in one of our truck houses. Includes a home-cooked three course dinner, a cooked breakfast of nitrate-free home-grown bacon and Madelaine's eggs. A private tour of the farm plus a take home pack of produce- a dozen organic free range eggs, jam, veggies and a Hollyburton calendar.
3 Chosen | 47 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$1500 +The Hollyburton Produce pack - 10 boxes over 10 months - organic produce from the farm 3kg meat 2 doz eggs in season veggies jam and what ever we have that is special in season that month. delivered to your door (within 100k's of the farm)
13 Chosen | 27 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014
A$2500 +A blissful weekend 'with the lot' retreat for two or a family in one of our Bedford truck houses including all meals, a full picnic, swimming in the lake, milking the cow and goats, collecting the eggs plus a photoshoot with www.untitledweddingphotographer.net on the farm. And a whopping six dozen organic free range eggs supplied over 6 weeks, a Hollyburton calendar along with 4 organic home grown chickens and 4kg of our organic beef or lamb.
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2014
A$5000 +Get married at the farm - for an intimate gathering. Use the field by the lake for a weekend, with power, portable compost toilet and lights.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014