Charlie chats with Andy Carbone, General Manager of the Farm at Byron Bay in the latest episode. Andy Carbone started his life on a Central Queensland cattle station before trying his hand at acting, screen writing and film directing. A career and life change that stood him in good stead for a number of challenges that he would face on his own journey, which lead him to the world of regenerative farming.
Charlie met with Andy at The Farm at Byron Bay where Andy is the general manager | Education is a big piece of the offerings at The Farm | Andy’s ancestors settled in Central Qld in the mid 19th century and he grew up on a station there | His father was from an Italian farming family and his grandmother a bee-keeper there | His parents separated when he was young and he went away to boarding school in Brisbane | After school he spent time in the Channel Country in Queensland working a number of cattle stations | He then enrolled for a Fine arts degree in Acting In Brisbane with no prior experience | His father was in the film industry in the70-80s and dissuaded Andy from working in the industry. Andy wanted to prove to him that he could make it in that world. | Andy wrote and directed the film ‘Shooter’ film, filmed at Boorowa, NSW | The film was Andy’s contribution to the mental illness in regional areas conversation and issue | His father took his own life in 2020 | Charles Massy’s book ‘Call of Reed Warbler’ had a profound impact on Andy | Andy was managing farms in the Southern Highlands of NSW before his role at The Farm when he started to look into the practices of regenerative farming | Instinct and a strong connection to the landscape are important to Andy’s relationship with Nature | A Silent meditation retreat was a turning point for Andy in his personal development.
The farm at Byron Bay – Andy is the GM
‘Waiting for Rain’ ( 2016) &’ Shooter’ ( 2017) – short films Andy has directed
Hell West and Crooked – book | author Tom Cole
Call of the Reed Warbler : A New Agriculture – book | author Charles Massy
TALS – The Australian Landscape Science Institute
Tarwyn Park Training– leading Natural Sequence Farming training provider
Grazing For Profit (GFP) | RCS – the longest running business school for Ag, Aus
Oliver’s Hens – Oliver’s eggs can be bought at Mullumbimby Farmers Market, NSW
Biodynamics Workshops – see Charlie’s events page for latest dates