Boorowa’s indomitable regenerative farmer Charlie Arnott is back.
It’s been a couple of months since the award-winning grazier launched his podcast series, The Regenerative Journey, which has been a resounding success with more than 50,000 downloads from listeners tuning in from around the world to hear Charlie delve into the lives of fascinating figureheads within the regenerative agricultural space and the broader community.
Followers of Charlie on social media will be familiar with the sight of a red scarf around his neck as he has been zipping all over NSW since May – crouching in paddocks, standing over fires, on beaches, in front of bioreactors – compiling the podcast’s second series.
In the new series, Charlie’s guests include Monaro farmer and author Charles Massy, actress Rachel Ward, author Sarah Wilson, chef Matt Moran, and Trangie farmer Mick Wettenhall with his innovative Soil Carbon Co.
Charlie says he’s broadened the scope of interviewees for this second podcast series to reflect the holistic foundation of regenerative farming.
“I have brought together an eclectic group of people from immediately outside the agriculture world, as well as many innovative and interesting farmers,” he says. “I have been truly humbled by the response we garnered from the first season. It definitely resonated with our listeners.”
In each episode, Charlie takes listeners on his guest’s regenerative journey as he uncovers their inspirational stories, touching on topics including the regenerative agriculture definition, natural capital, partnering with nature, plus the psychology of transitioning to regenerative farming principles and practices.
Charlie is a living, breathing example of regenerative farming. His family’s property, “Hanaminno”, near Boorowa, was transformed under his guidance from a conventional, industrial high-input mixed enterprise farm, working against nature, to a biodynamically principled, holistically managed farm partnering with nature.
As the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner, Charlie says both series of the podcast are essential listening for anyone curious about regenerative agriculture and the wide-ranging and significant benefits of its adoption and practice – not just for farming communities, but for anyone who eats food and cares about the planet.
“As the interest in regenerative agriculture continues to grow, I feel the movement is hungry for stories, experiences and evidence of the benefits of using regenerative practices within businesses and across landscapes,” says Charlie.
“This increase in interest is being seen on a global scale and there is a wonderful opportunity to produce a world-class podcast series to satisfy this hunger for information.”
Due to the new date for the 2021 National Landcare Conference – now to be held on 4-6 August, 2021 – the 2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, 12 October.
The 2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award recognises leadership and commitment in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture. The award recipient will be an individual who is involved in Landcare and can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to local communities and drive community activity.
The award recipient will receive a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management to enable an even stronger contribution to Landcare.
This year, the award has a new judging panel and a reinvigorated process for reviewing submissions.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Bob Hawke Landcare Award website.