Farmer Profile

Charlie Showers

Charlie Showers

 Stanley
 3
 Victoria
North East Vic
 Orchardist and Nurseryman
 Hydrogeologist
 1-3 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Specialty Crops 4
  • Sheep 1
  • Beef 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Goats 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Orcharding

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Marketing 4
  • Agronomy 4
  • Orcharding 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Sales 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Livestock Mustering 2
  • Human Resources 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Animal Husbandry 2
  • Other Farming Skills: Soil analysis, hydrology, irrigation design, keyline design, and permaculture skills.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Organic 3
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Urban 1
  • Conventional 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We started farming! After many years of research looking at many other orcharding operations both here in Australia and the USA/ Canada we commenced in 2016 with our own operation. We have found orcharding mentors who are happy to share decades of fruit growing knowledge and we have been proactively growing our local food system by establishing a food Co-op that buys and sells local produce in Beechworth which gives not only us but other growers a avenue to sell produce.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I have grown food from a young age, as a small child I always had my own vegetable garden and fruit trees, so making orcharding my profession was just a matter of time. Re-localising our food systems is a very important job, in the coming decades we will need a whole new generation of farmers who can regenerate land, provide food for their local communities and inspire the following generation to do the same.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm is at altitude, east facing aspect, reliable water supply, good frost drainage, deep well drained soils and within 1 hours drive to at least 100,000 people to ensure a large market. We have found all of this in our initial farm block however we would love to expand our operation and train others to build similar business's. My best farming day would be mid autumn when the days are warm, the fruit is ripe and the locals are picking their own fruit and loving the experience at Black Barn Farm. I also love the solitude and meditative days of grafting apple trees in early spring, creating what will be 1000's of trees each capable of producing over 100kg of fruit each year!