Inspirational young farmer with an eggsellent goal
OLIVER Bora is a 17-year-old student with a passion for sustainable farming and a dream to provide fresh, organic, free-range eggs to his Mullumbimby community.
The young farmer is currently setting up an ethical, free-range egg farm called Oliver's Hens at his Mullumbimby Steiner school, Shearwater, to eventually have 450 grass-fed Isa brown hens laying about 220 dozen eggs per week.
Oliver believes young farmers are the future of a sustainable food system, and wants to lead by example but he needs help to raise $38,000 to get his venture off the ground and has launched a Pozible crowd funding campaign.
Oliver said Shearwater had backed the project 100 per cent and guaranteed him 10 acres to farm on for a year at the school's farm.
"They've been so supportive," the Mullumbimby teen said.
"We have raised more than $8000 so far it's very exciting.
"If we reach the goal I will set up an egg farm with a chicken caravan and fences which get moved every two weeks onto fresh pastures, so they are pasture raised.
"The caravan is specially made for egg farming and is really efficient.
"The hens sit in there every night, and lays the eggs. The caravan collects water too so they only thing you need to bring in is feed, it's basically self-sustainable."
Oliver said the business idea originally came from seeing the need for sustainable farming and more young farmers.
"It also originated through a little hobby of mine of having a few chickens at home," he said.
"I just feel having sustainable and ethical food produced locally is the future, and being a young farmer and I'm also trying to encourage other people to do the same. Having fresh and healthy, sustainable well-farmed eggs is very important."
Oliver soon began to realise he could turn his idea into a bigger enterprise.
"After talking to the school farmers it turned into a school project," he said.
"This project is part of my HSC and I really like it, because allows me to connect it to my subjects"
Once Oliver's Hens is up and running Oliver hopes to capture the local school market.
"Kids can also collect eggs, I can package them and they can take them home," he said.
"My vision is to have other students involved in each part of the journey, from the logo competition, to filming, setting up and managing the business
"I'd love to thank everyone for all of their support, I really hope we can get to the goal.
"The rewards people have chosen on Pozible will definitely be fulfilled. If we don't reach the target I wont be able to get this off the ground."