A scenic drive up the Melba Hwy through Kinglake National Park and you arrive in Glenburn. A small rural town with a hall, post office and of course, Tom's Paddock! It's a great day trip out of Melbourne, approx 77km from the CBD. Tom's farming techniques are based on regenerative ethical and sustainable farming principles and shares the same values as Joel Salatin's Polyface farm in the US. The cows and chooks are moved every day to new pastures, which allows the land to regenerate and produce nutrient-rich fertile soils.
Tom's philosophy is to support the local community to engage with where their food is grown and reconnect back to the land.
The farm nature's the land and creates a nutrient dense soil, the animals are mobile and work in enhancing the biodiversity of the farm environment. The farm works with capturing the most of the sun's energy and the seasons.
Tom's nomadic chooks are the happiest, friendliest chickens I have ever met and are curious too. They are free to roam around, socialise and forage, dig, scratch and bury themselves in the dirt. The chook caravan is a safe haven for the hens to lay their eggs, which are nutrient rich and chemical free. You won't find any antibiotics in these hens!
Knowing that these animals are treated with respect and compassion, not confined in small cages and are free to roam outdoors, we the consumers can make ethical choices of where we want to purchase food from.
The farm gate is always open and welcomes visitors, they have nothing to hide and their farming practices are 100% transparent. They encourage people to come up and have a cuppa and a chat, or you can sign up on a "Tom's Paddock Farm Walk". Get in touch with Tom via their website or facebook page. At this stage they are open on Wednesday's and Thursday's from 9-5pm.
If you are interested in buying "real" free range eggs, you can find Tom's Paddocks retail suppliers in Healsville, Yea, Coldstream, Mt Evelyn, Ferntree Gully and in Fitzroy! Or if there is a group of you, why not create your very own buying club; order in bulk a minimum of 12 dozen.