Charlie Massy – A new kind of agriculture

“You can only get healthy food off a healthy landscape” – Charlie Massy.

Charles Massy, grazier and author, spoke this week in Bathurst about his new book Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth. Reflecting on the many challenges our landscape faces, Charlie said yesterday, “I’m optimistic. We have to be hopeful and there are solutions. We need a more practical, hands on model and that’s what I’ve tried to put forward”.

Charlie Massey discussing his new book

Charlie Massy discussing his new book

Charlie shares his own personal journey, and explores the experience of many others. He brings together a story of a quiet revolution. One driven by a renewed perspective that is regenerating our landscapes, producing quality food and fibre, and helping to build healthier people and communities.  In the words of one farmer “My role is to get out of the way of nature and let nature get on with it”. Charlie reflects on the changes on his farm from this approach “Nature has this ability to self-organise. You’ll see potential solutions pop up that nature seems to select. That’s called emergent properties.”

Kerry Cochrane also spoke about the AIEA and the opportunity we have to work together to build and support this quiet revolution. As the organisation grows, we seek to give our members a forum for furthering insight and understanding through experiencing, exploring and promoting a holistic and ecological orientation. Join us to hear more:

Orange: Thursday 19th, 6-8pm, Duntry League Golf Club (stay for a meal with Charles and Kerry if you are free.);

Dubbo: Friday 20th, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Listen to the interview on ABC Central West on Thursday 19th at 10.30 am.

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