Howdy all nice to meet you, I'm Charlie Showers
With my partner in crime @jademiles2 and kiddo's we run Black Barn Farm in Stanley, where we are in the throws of establishing a commercial permaculture orchard, nursery and learning space.
I have worked in agriculture, soils and natural resource management for a long while however something started niggling away at me about 15 years ago and I knew I had to be an orchardist, the niggle became an itch and led to me really researching our whacked out food system, the itch became a heart beat and took me to New England in the USA for a research tour of orchards, food co-ops, food hubs and general awesome fair food system exploration inspiration. The heart beat then manifested into the tangible and with @jademiles2 and a few other awesome Beechworth crew we founded the Beechworth Food Co-op.
I have also recognised the importance of food policy so got involved with the development of a North East Victoria Food Policy Disucussion Paper and continue to work with some others to advocate for food policy development in our patch however I'd much prefer to be grafting fruit trees!
I am now where I am meant to be, doing what I am meant to be doing and I love it. It is hard work and I wish my mind would stop sometimes, that the wallabies would quit eating my trees and that westerners were happy with less but hey life's good and I love growing and working to build a fair food future. I am super grateful to Serenity, Kirsten, Jen and all the OFN crew for bringing us all together in this forum.
Look forward to nattering away in here for years to come.