From Biscuits to biodynamic Arnott's beef
delicious. Produce Awards 2018 state winners announced
From Paddock to Plate: with biodynamic farmer Charlie Arnott. May 02, 2018 Katie King and Jessica Cheney.
Country Style Magazine - Meet the Producer - July 2017
The Land Newspaper, 9 June 2018.
Charlie Arnott is a biodynamic farmer and grazier, operating his family property ‘Hanaminno’ in Boorowa where his ancestors first settled in the mid 1800’s and his family have now been back in the region for nearly 50 years.
Primarily breeding Shorthorn cattle, with sheep and pigs in the mix, they family farm has just been awarded a 2018 delicious State Produce Award in the ‘From The Paddock’ category for his lamb. The delicious. Produce Awards, now in its 13th year, champions Australia’s best and most innovative primary produce and producers.
His beef and lamb is sold direct to a number of butchers in Sydney, including Victor Churchills in Woollahra and Shiralee Organics in Brookvale.
“It’s important to us that we maintain a connection directly to the people who buy our meat, the ‘eaters’, who love our story and the tenderness and taste of our products,” Charlie said.
“Our livestock are handled with the greatest of care and respect, using animal husbandry second to none. Quite simply our animals are happy, and as a result, our products are the healthiest, most nutritious, clean and sustainable meat you could feed your family.”
Charlie and his team facilitate the education of other farmers through hosting Biodynamic and sustainable farming training courses, and demonstrating how he farms holistically using generative grazing practises to improve the function of the landscape and environment.
“The first step to change is having an open mind, which requires courage and the commitment to a new direction. We help farmers explore alternatives to conventional farming, with wonderful results,” he said.
He is a keen tree planter having established tens of thousands of native and exotic trees on Hanaminno, and has been an active Landcarer since the inception of the Landcare movement in 1989. Charlie has won various land management and sustainable farming awards and is the current Landcare Australia Sustainable Farmer Ambassador. Charlie is also very active on social media (instagram @charliearnott1) and is passionate about sharing his message. So look him up and say hi.
Facebook Post - April 17, 2018.
I'm absolutely thrilled to be awarded a 2018 delicious. Australia Produce State Award in the ‘From The Paddock’ category as part of the 2018 delicious. Australia Produce Awards 🏆 Many thanks to Darren O'Rourke from Victor Churchill for preparing the lamb and for his nomination for the Awards. I'd also like to thank the fantastic team of Rob Young, Jayne Apps and Amy Remond at Hanaminno, along with Lucy Allon for organising the Awards.
I put the quality of our winning lamb down to three main attributes:
1) The diverse pasture base that our sheep are grazing on, which is a function of the fertility, vitality and health of the soil, enhanced by the use of biodynamics
2) The genetics used...we use robust fine to medium woolled Merino Ewes, Gooramma Poll Dorset Rams and Normanhurst Border Leister Rams, both Boorowa based sheep studs
3) The ethical handling and management of our animals in a very low stress and considered fashion by our fantastic team at Hanaminno
If you are interested in purchasing some lamb from me then please feel free to get in touch!
The Nourished Wrap Podcast 2nd episode of The paddock to plate mini series.
We all eat a minimum of 3 times a day yet do we ever give thought into what actually goes behind bringing that plateful of food to the table? Do we ever consider the quality of our produce to be in the hands of farmers & our health? Katie & Jess interview biodynamic farmer Charlie Arnott who shares his story of changing his conventional farming practices to working with nature through biodynamics. He shares the incredible benefits this farming method has to offer to the environment, to our animals & to our health - it’s remarkable. Charlie also helps debunk some of the marketing terms we see in the supermarkets such as organic, grass fed, pasture raised so that you can learn to make the best decisions possible. A truly educational & inspiring podcast on the importance of caring about where & how our produce is bought to our plates & WHY we need to care! To find out more about Charlie Website: www.charliearnott.com.au Follow him on Facebook & Instagram: www.facebook.com/CharlieArnottBoorowa & @charliearnott1
2GB Rural News - Trek for Aussie Farmers
I was lucky enough to do an interview on 2GB recently about the Trek for Aussie Farmers I'm hosting next year.
Have a listen, get excited, sign up!