In 1999 we decided to turn a small (80 acre) farm into a self sustaining enterprise, so had to select an industry that presented the opportunity on a restricted operational area. Milawa Free Range is a compromise between respect for the natural instincts of the chicken, the need for protection from natural predators, the local environmental seasons and conditions, and our own commercial viability. We produce chickens like they used to taste!
|Owner||Russell Mickle & Tony Quinn|
|Telephone||03 9827 4415 / 0428 570 492|
|Other markets||Veg Out (St Kilda); Gasworks; Collingwood Childrens’ Farm; Boroondara; Kingston; Casey; Caulfield|
|Produce||Free range and organic chicken all year Free range Duck all year Free range Turkey December|
|Certification||VFMA accredited, organic certification with ACO|
The farm is in Milawa – North East Victoria. A wide temperature range (-4 to +44) means we have a challenge each season to produce an even quality and quantity, as the needs of the birds vary with ambient climatic conditions – but challenge is good.
As well as being a means to assist our cash flow and profit, farmers’ markets present a marketing opportunity that allows us to showcase our business without the huge budgets of the bigger growers.