Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Dr Charles Massy

Farmer and Author

Biography

Charles  has managed an 1820 ha. (4500 acre) sheep and cattle property (running an average 8,000 to 10,000 stock units) for 40 years. In addition he has managed other properties totalling 7,000 ha for city business interests. In the course of this he has led various local rural organizations plus was a regional bushfire captain.

Public Speaking/Lecturing/Education

Conducted over many years, initially in the fields of transformation and innovation in the Merino sheep and wool industries, and more latterly in the fields of regenerative landscape management, grazing systems for healthy landscape function, and addressing climate change and the current global ecological challenges for our species – including for such organisations as Greening Australia, Regional Landcare groups, and the Federal Governments Carbon Farming Initiative; plus lectures to Human Ecology students ANU.

More recent engagement has been in on-farm workshopping with farmers in regenerative agricultural fields, and also begun working with Aboriginal elders in regard to regenerating ‘Country’, including with cool patch-burning.

Qualifications

BSc (ANU), PhD (ANU)

Relevant Awards

2011 – OAM for service to the wool industry and community

2008 – Power House Museum, Sydney – Distinguished Service Award (re. their Wool & pastoral Collection)

1992 – Silver Medal for contribution to the Australian Merino and wool industry – AASMB (Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders)